Dementia Activist

rohra-dementia-activistDementia Activist is the candid memoirs of translator and linguist Helga Rohra, who was diagnosed with Dementia at age 50.

The brief called for a striking, simple design, aimed at trade audiences. The colour palette of the photograph leant itself to a classic, muted look and I fell in love with it. The cover was accepted on the first draft, as was the typesetting.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Dementia Activist, please visit the Jessica Kingsley Publishers website.

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The Mouse’s House

The Mouse’s House is a book of reflexology exercises and an accompanying story for parents and children. While reading the story aloud, the parents are encouraged to perform the reflexology techniques.

I was tasked with creating a series style for this and follow up titles, and uses colours picked from the book’s cover and illustrations. The second book in the series received a different colour treatment but the typography and layout design stayed the same

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Mouse’s House, please visit the Singing Dragon website.

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In my room

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Personal work. Exploring the magic of personal space and the wonder that can be found in alone time.

The title is taken from a Beach Boys song of the same name, which I hold very dear to my heart.

There’s a world where I can go
and tell my secrets to
in my room
in my room…

Tackling Selective Mutism

smith-and-sluckin-book-shotTackling Selective Mutism is a guidebook for parents and teachers, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

The book needed to be accessible for parents while also being appropriate for professionals – we wanted the cover to be both inclusive and positive.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Tackling Selective Mutism, please visit the Jessica Kingsley Publishers website.

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The Trial

Models: James Sutherland and Sparrow
Make-up and styling: Dress.Simple

Stop Panic Attacks in 10 Easy Steps

scheinbaum-book-shotStop Panic Attacks in 10 Easy Steps  is a self-help title from Jessica Kingsley Publishers imprint Singing Dragon.

The initial draft for this cover was created during quick-fire cover design sessions for a catalogue – very little was changed from the original draft (the sans serif was originally a serif, and the word ‘in’ moved around a few times).

The interior was designed to match, and aimed at a general trade audience.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of Stop Panic Attacks in 10 Easy Steps, please visit the Singing Dragon website.

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Hannah

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Personal work

I just wanted to create something pretty one day, luckily, I had someone pretty to hand

Model: Hannah

Tick Tock

A speedpaint in Gimp, mostly monotone with a hint of pink.

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The Cloudiverse

The Cloudiverse is a self-portrait series exploring a fantastical universe set in the clouds. All characters are played by myself, bar The Professor, who takes the form of a stuffed owl.

It draws on my fascination with whimsy, story-telling and putting clouds where they have no business being.

Forever a work in progress, the Cloudiverse may never be finished. It is a journey I take with me as I grow.

Transformative Imagery

Davenport - transformative imageryTransformative Imagery, edited by Leslie Davenport, gives an overview in guided imagery for anything from pain relief to mental health to social change.

Aimed at professionals, the brief asked for strong type and a transformative image. The image used on the final cover comes from the book itself, painted by Laury Rappaport. It’s quite a hefty book, which meant I was able to have fun with the spine. The frame on the back is a nod to the box styling in the interior, typeset by Tom Alexander.

To purchase a copy of Transformative Imagery, please visit the Jessica Kingsley Publishers website.

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The Self-Help Guide for Teens With Dyslexia

The Self-Help Guide for Teens with Dyslexia by Alais Winton is an easily digestible guide for teens with dyslexia, focussing on school settings.

The brief called for a striking, type-led design using only the font OpenDyslexic, which would appeal to teens and schoolchildren but also their parents and teaching staff. This matched the interior, set in a loose sans serif, to create an over-all easily accessible and dyslexia-friendly end result.

To purchase The Self-Help Guide for Teens with Dyslexia, please visit the Jessica Kingsley Publishers website.

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Pluviophile

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Both myself and my creative partner in crime love the rain but until this photoshoot, we had never used it in photography. Originally shot for image 02 in the Definition project, this set revels in the rain and they joy of simple things. The images are as candid as we could get them in a planned shoot.

Model, make-up, hair and styling: Dress.Simple
Photography and editing: Elou Carroll

Reframe your thinking around Autism

Bridges - reframe your thinking around autism (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)Reframe your thinking around Autism by Holly Bridges is an accessable, parent-friendly book about the Polyvagal Theory and Brain Plasticity in relation to autism.

Designed and typeset to brief for Jessica Kingsley Publishers, aiming to enhance the earlier self-published version and put it in line with JKP’s vast catalogue of titles. As a trade title, I was allowed to have fun with the design, echoing the footprints of the zebra on the cover with the decorations around the page numbers.

To purchase a copy, please visit the Jessica Kingsley Publishers website.
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

An MA project for the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies looking at the book as an object, as well as revitalising classics for newer audiences. To read more about the project, please see: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – an MA Publishing Design Project.

The project incorporated book design, photography, digital imaging, moving image, copy-writing and web design.

Model: Rebekah VZ
Hair, make-up, styling, costume design: Dress.Simple
Photography, retouching, illustration, video editing, and design: Elou Carroll


The Great Gentleman

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The second part of an on-going series with Dress.Simple.  Le Cirque Parapluie is a whimsical whirl into the world of the Circus with an eerie and otherwordly twist.

We aim to create something fantastical and memorable.

Model: Harry Craig
Make-up and styling: Dress.Simple
Photography and editing: Elou Carroll

 

Rosamund in Wonderland

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Media: Watercolour, pencil, Micron, metallic paint

Personal work: This illustration was created as a leaving gift for a colleague at work. Please see below for close ups.

Definition

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Definition is a visual dictionary. It is a passion project which, I hopes, will capture the imaginations of creatives, readers, art-lovers and dreamers alike.

Not only does it serve as a dictionary, of sorts, but it follows a narrative, of sorts, with words and themes weaving together with each added image.

This project is currently on hold but will be continued.

For more information, and the written parts of this project you can visit the official Tumblr and a series of blog posts here, on eloucarroll.com.

Book Covers: Saved from the reject pile

Below is a collection of book cover designs which were not selected as the final cover but are still worth showing. Each of these was produced for Jessica Kingsley Publishers, both from briefs and my own initiative.

Candyfloss

Candyfloss

Candyfloss is a whimsical exploration of colour, simplicity and focus with minimal and simple styling, using the crown as a base for the colour scheme throughout.

It aims to evoke the carefree nature of childhood, while still giving a sense of mystery and secrecy as can be seen in fairytales. It contains within it a sense of wonder that one might find in dreams.

Model, make-up: Bethan
Styling, crown, photography and processing: Elou Carroll

The Obsessive Joy of Autism

The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia BascomThe Obsessive Joy of Autism is a book borne from a viral blog post by author Julia Bascom and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Typesetting by Francesca Sturiale.

To read more about the illustration process, please see the following blog entry: Illustration: The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom

A spread from The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom, artwork by Elou Carroll (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015)
A spread from The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom, artwork by Elou Carroll (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015)
A spread from The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom, artwork by Elou Carroll (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015)
A spread from The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom, artwork by Elou Carroll (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015)
A spread from The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom, artwork by Elou Carroll (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015)
A spread from The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom, artwork by Elou Carroll (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015)

Cardboard Castle

Cardboard Castle - Inspired by Bunnies

While they were active, Cardboard Castle were a local folk band from Oxfordshire. I was commissioned to create an EP design and logo which offset the fun title and carefree note to their music with common folk music design.

For more details on the shoot and design process, please see the design diary on my blog!