Don’t Try – Book Cover Design

Don’t Try is a poetry collection by former Oklahoma poet laureate Nathan Brown and three-time Austin Music Hall-of-Famer Jon Dee Graham. Drawing inspiration from writer Charles Bukowski—the “laureate of American lowlife”—the collection features a photograph of the two authors with the specter of Bukowski illuminated behind them.

With the photograph fully wrapped on the cover, I worked in typography and design elements that brought out the mix of grunge and history in the Continental Club Gallery where the photo was taken.