The goal was to use type and image together to design a book cover. Become familiar with the story. Make a list of words and/or themes that are prominent in the story. Use these words to create imagery that support the story. Integrate type and imagery into a cohesive narrative inspired by the content.
The Time Machine, H. G. Wells’s novel, is a story that follows a Victorian scientist, who claims that he has invented a device that enables him to travel through time, and has visited the future, arriving in the year 802,701 in what had once been London. There, he finds the future race, or, more accurately, races, because the human species has “evolved” into two distinct forms. Above ground live the Eloi—childish creatures, whose existence appears to be free of struggle. However, another race of beings exists—the Morlocks, underground dwellers who, once subservient, now prey on the feeble, defenseless Eloi. The novel is an allegory, as well as a scientific parable, in which the two societies of Wells’s own period (the upper classes and the “lower orders”) are recast as equally, though differently, “degenerate” beings. Wells represents a world in which the human struggle is doomed to failure.
— Encyclopedia Brittanica
I intertwined 4 symbolic elements: a horrified eye, a crumbling heart, the hourglass, and fire.
The book cover for The Time Machine accurately portrays several symbolic elements and themes found within the novel. It really catches your attention, and shows the dystopian future the author was portraying.