“ I paint and I draw and I write and I do other things too, and recently some people at school were asking if I’d ever publish any of my [written] work. But I almost feel like I would have to publish it under another name—just because there’s a definition of me out there that feels kind of stuck in the moment when it was formed. I was 15 or 16 then, and I’m now 23. I’m not complaining, because people really have given me permission to evolve and have been very supportive of my work outside of Harry Potter. So I don’t feel too suffocated in that sense.
Penguin Scores by Spencer Alley
I wonder if any commercial publisher today would even consider issuing a series with covers governed by such restrained design rules as the Penguins observed in the middle of the 20th century under Tschichold’s influence. David R. Godine, the Boston publisher, at one time did send many of his books out into the world looking approximately as decorous as these, but in more recent years he has opted for the same busy & shiny pictorial look as everybody else.
I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless.
I am D I V E R G E N T. And I can’t be controlled.