See before Reading


Part of a design research project on the experimental visualization of data by using character systems. After experiencing the confusion of choosing a novel when surrounded by innumerable covers in a bookstore – and not enough time to read every blurb – we decided to create a visual synopsis for books on display. “See Before Reading” is a system that represents a novel’s content by the design of its cover.

The novel’s content is represented in three levels. The first level indicates the genre; the second level reflects the atmosphere of the novel; and the third level provides information about the narrative structure.

With André Gottschalk