The Science Fiction Universe… And Beyond

The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond
The Science Fiction Universe jacket design.

The Science Fiction Universe… And Beyond is the second book that McD Workshop’s Chris McDonnell designed for Universe that Michael Mallory wrote, and Jim Muschett and Melissa Veronesi have edited, the first being Universal Studios Monsters a few years ago. Chris worked with Jim, Melissa, and the team at Syfy through multiple directions for the cover that were experimented with. Two opposing forces that needed to be managed were: 1) The Syfy brand had been repositioned as “imagine greater,” which means that they wanted to avoid being pigeon-holed as only being about space aliens, and 2) the fact that the book is mostly about space aliens. Sure there are some robots, dinosaurs, time portals, future androids and scientists too, but let’s face facts, there are a lot of space aliens. See many of the alternate directions below, and beneath that some photos of the book.

The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond
Two of the first batch of cover concepts.
The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond
On the left, another initial concept, and on the right, Chris’s favorite direction.
The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond
At some point feedback had steered design experiments down a path to some kind of corporate annual report folder territory, which fortunately no one wanted.
The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond
There was talk of metallic foil stamping, and some versions of these utilized that, but these designs were not that successful.
The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond
Things got strange for a bit, not necessarily in a good way.
The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond
This is one of the silver foil stamping ideas.
The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond
A few new designs started to get the juices flowing again. Here is a wrap-around design idea.

The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond

The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond

The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond

The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond

The Science Fiction Universe... And Beyond