To design the covers for fifty-four titles across six instruments and ten grade levels which comprise the London College of Music Examinations guitar handbooks, MuirMcNeil used the instrument names to create a series of six multi-layered typographic ‘seed’ compositions, using interlocking fonts from MMcN TwoPoint, TwoPlus and TwoBit type systems. These compositions were then zoomed, cropped and modified by a colour palette specific to the instrument, generating a one-off cover design for each book. The seed compositions are scaled in calibrated increments, the early grades zooming deep into the artwork, the higher grades revealing more of the typographic basis of each composition. As a result, bold, abstract, geometric cover designs develop progressively in their detail and complexity through the series. The covers were printed on an HP Indigo B2 press using variable data print technology.
The Ukulele handbooks will be published at the end of January 2019, and the titles for the five other instruments during the year.