The Secret Series
Box Set

Book Cover Social Media Packaging Book Cover Hand Lettering

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Courtney N. Spencer

This is a redesign for the fantasy adventure novel series "The Secret Series," suitable for ages 8-12. It is a 3-book box set featuring the first three books of the series. The series follows the thrilling and mysterious escapades of a group of children who stumble upon a hidden world of secrets, codes, and ancient mysteries.

Growing up, I hated reading. It was hard for me to get interested in a book, especially when it didn’t have images. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but come on, that’s what all kids do. There was one book series that always kept me engaged despite there being no images throughout the whole novel. Each chapter was mysterious and left me wanting more, and that was The Secret Series.

Inspired by this young adult mystery novel, I choset  to redesign the first three books written by the mysterious author who named themselves Pseudonymous Bosch. Drawn in by the hidden messages and secret elements, I approached my designs with the same kind of mystery, opting for a smoke trail similar to how the characters have to use their five senses to follow the trail of clues and solve the big mystery at the end of each book. The first  book features using your sense of smell, the second book using your sense of hearing, and the third using your sense of taste.

Box Set Design

When designing the outside of the box set, I wanted the books to be held in something that was important to the story. One of the main characters, Cassandra (Cass for short), always kept a backpack full of the most important things that the characters would need on their secret journeys. This included survival gear such as a flashlight and rope, but I thought it would be clever to include the books themselves!

Turning the backpack into a cover meant I needed to be creative with the typography. I decided to go with a font that felt more like stitching on a bag and included a survival pin to reflect Cassandra's survivalist nature.

 Social Media

This animation serves as a captivating social media post, perfect for sharing as an Instagram Reel or posting on other social media platforms. The smokey effect adds an air of mystery to the book, complemented by the hand lettering that gracefully swirls in.

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