Arthur C. Clarke’s novel “2001: A Space Odyssey”
University of West Hungary in Sopron
Institute of Applied Art
Arthur C. Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is generally illustrated with stills from the film that was based on it. Richárd Kelemen has rejected the typical solutions. In creating a visual narrative, the designer focuses on the world of the book, which he depicts with pencil drawings. The free space between the chapters gives the designer freedom to roam. Instead of providing ready-made interpretations, the black-and-white illustrations only help the reader to imagine the world described. The illustration style shows the influence of Japanese wood-carvings or contemporary manga. The seemingly simple images create a unique and original artistic world. Spread open, the book jacket creates an A3-size poster. We can glean from the designer’s work on the Internet that the book is to be the first volume in a publishing series.