Design a Book Cover Challenge
The challenge for this week is to design a book cover. It is really broad to just design any book cover. We are going to try and make it a little easier by letting you choose to redesign a book cover for your favorite book or most recently read book. When you post your book cover challenge either in the Face Book Group or here we ask that you describe the size of book you went with and why. We would also like to hear what where your challenges and what you are very pleased with.
So for instance, The most recently read book of mine is Infinity + One by Amy Harmon. My goal would be to redesign a cover for her that I think she would love OR how I would imagine it would look great!
One suggestion to help you with this task = Take time to learn about the book. Either it is one you have read, or maybe you have a friend who has read it. Remember key elements in the book. Years ago, I published my life story. At the time I truly wish I understood what I do about design today, because I do not understand what the cover of the book has to do with the topic of my book. Thank goodness, my book was never about sales, but about healing. But had I chosen to have the publisher shop covers better for me – or better yet – created my own – it could have helped bring more attention to the book.
You can choose to design the front only or the front and back! Designing a cover front is just one step to designing a book cover. There is the spine and back too. Do you want to design the perfect book cover and challenge yourself further? Go for the whole book!
Doing it for fun is one step to getting it right, but designing for someone else has its own challenges. Your clients have their own vision of what the book should look like and why. If you learn the basics now, though, you will be better prepared in explaining why and what looks best in cover designs. The little details count. Be sure to explain to clients in the future to highlight important details. For instance, when designing the following cover, it would have been helpful to know that the shirt was actually pink, in the book:
Design those covers! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!