Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump

Book Cover and Interior Design


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Macmillan / Feiwel and Friends

Unpresidented is an important and meticulously researched biography for young adults (the first of its kind) and its purpose is to document this period in history for young readers so that they might understand how we got here.

The jacket is designed in two Pantone colors and blended to create a third. This was an especially tricky cover to create because I really didn’t want to show his face but, since it was unavoidable, I tried to find a way around it by researching his obsession with his own image and how I might be able to use that against him.

I discovered that he posed for only two portraits immediately after election day: one for the cover of Time magazine’s Person of the Year issue and another for the cover of a book by CNN. When the CNN book was released he took to Twitter to complain because the portrait taken by David Hume Kennerly on November 21, 2016 in Trump Tower wasn’t used. He said: “Hope it does well but [CNN] used worst cover photo of me!” When I found this tweet, I decided it would be perfect to find and license the original photo that he loved so much and slap some type across his dreadful face for a book that tells the absolute truth about him. A concept that is so foreign to him.

It’s not an easy read by any means and I can’t imagine what it took for Martha to write it but in a time of constant breaking news it’s even more eye-opening to read how things happened chronologically.