The Kite Runner Series

Book Cover Concept Art

This project is a redesign of Khaled Hosseini's books, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Each book is based on historical events when war broke out in Afghanistan.


Inspired by Massimo Vignelli's design practices, I wanted to take a timeless and modern approach to this book cover redesign in hopes of relating to a more contemporary audience. I tied in all three books with the three primary colors reflecting the traditional setting of Afghanistan. From there, I took a literal approach towards each title by creating simple, abstract illustrations of a kite, a sun, and a mountain. The lines moving from the white to the background creates a split sense of darkness vs. light which is an immense theme throughout Hosseini's books. Lastly, the imperfect edges of the typeface in the title echoes the war-torn feel of the three storylines.