The Project MKUltra Legacy is a novel that centers around the use of mind-altering drugs to bend people to the will of the CIA. I created this design as part of a cover competition. Although it wasn’t selected in the end, I still enjoyed the opportunity to play within the constraints of a book cover. Many espionage/spy thriller covers use stock photography and a more realistic style; I purposely chose to go the opposite direction. The novel is also set a few decades back and I wanted to represent that. I took inspiration from retro designs – centered around typography, the cover uses a limited palette of flat, high-contrast colors combined with sharp shapes.