SAGE Publications is an independent, academic publishing company. SAGE also owns and publishes under Corwin Press and CQ Press. Each of the covers featured below belong to one of the three SAGE imprints.
American Democracy in Peril is a 9th edition CQ Press title. Communicating with the editor and author, and considering the design of previous editions, we happily settled on this final design. The author requested something modern and "clean" that captures a sense of impaired patriotism without being politically insensitive or destructive.
The lemniscate red, white, and blue Ouroboros represents the pending self-destruction of American Democracy—dangerously close to biting its own tail.
I also designed back covers and spines required to be consistent with the front cover. The goal: to keep the back covers compatible with the front, yet still create a captivating stand-alone piece. To achieve this, I carried over similar colors, texts, title treatments, and elements from the front covers.