In my quest for literary adventure, I was probably one of the last people on the planet to read this series. The build-up of words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters and eventually the entire book is mesmerizing. What struck me most was getting to know one of the main characters of the book : Lisbeth Salander or her alter ego ‘Wasp’. The anarchistic, gothic and extremely clever character left a lot of things up to the readers imagination; the reader keeps wandering off what, why or how such a black/vivid person came into being. She comes, makes an impression and leaves while keeping everybody flabbergasted. That is what inspired me while making the covers. Salander is a dark fast paced ghost who knows what she wants while facing her internal struggles. She is the embodiment of danger mixed with the fragility of a china doll. I wanted the typography to be blurry,evasive and dark, yet clear, fragile and transient to emphasize the expeditious character of the book and Salander character. I wanted to incorporate some kind of extra ‘danger’ in the form known in nature and our own semiotics system : translucent colors, to stress heightened risk, giving it a familiar yet unsettling feeling. Plus, the book is a trilogy and must be read from story to story. i.e. the ‘natural’ gradients give it a feel of completeness; just like the stories and adventures are gradually evolving from book to book. And notice that the last novel ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest’ received an extra color, because rumour has it that there is a fourth book (which I’m dying to read).