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Flowers for Algernon

Classic book redesign



Flowers for Algernon is an award-winning novel by Daniel Keyes. It is written from the perspective of a man named Charlie, who undergoes a procedure to “fix” his intellectual disability. The novel asks the reader to examine their biases towards people with disabilities, and think whether they view them as normal humans or as something to be “fixed”.

This dust jacket was designed to highlight the contrast of these two views of intellectual disability—as a medical issue or simply another way of existing—using Algernon, a mouse who serves as a mirror of the main character.

I also re-designed the book interior, and adapted it into an e-book to be read digitally.


Client: Student project
Date: 2020
Skills: Art direction, photo manipulation, layout design









2—Mood & sketching 1—Research 3—Concept thumbnails 4—Execution