Continuing my professional relationship with the author of the “In Time” series, I was given the task to redesign her cover for her first book. I used the same image for book one, but she wanted the same elements that I used for the cover of her second book, such as numbering the book on its spine, a backdrop to the back cover copy, and specifying the book number and the series on the front cover. This was all in an effort to keep the same style throughout the series.
Check out the cover I did for Book 2 of the “In Time” series: Mists of Time, here.
Sometimes, covers don’t need bold colours or striking images. All you really need is a smart typography choice that provides a personality to your novel. This was an objective to another class assignment. I had to create a title, and based on the title, design a cover that uses no colour (just black, white, and even gray), typography, and well thought out placement of the text. It was a fun new way to consider how to design a book cover.
Here are two styles of the cover I choose to make:
As some of you know, I am a publishing student. One of my favourite classes in my publishing program is design. Last semester, I got an opportunity to choose between designing a book cover or a magazine cover. Can you guess which I chose?
My muse for my book cover is an idea I have been working on with a friend. It is a science fiction story with references to different religious mythology mixed in. My first attempt was to design a cover for the first book, but I had limited resources for what I wanted to do. Instead I decided to make the “if this turned into a second book, here is the cover” piece. And here is it:
I used photos of the lovely Evan Rachel Wood and Diane Kruger. They represent the sisters in the story. A brief background: There’s two countries that are at war in the first book—one represents Heaven and the other Hell. One sister wants peace between both countries, but is protected by the hero of the story. Meanwhile, her little sister has been more affected by the war and it takes a toll on the person she use to be, hence the darker photo. I wanted the pictures and the title to juxtapose each other, so it creates an ironic effect.
I have been slowly trying to make my way into the publishing world. I’ve been lucky enough to make a few acquaintances with people in the industry. Going to school and taking a publishing program, I have been able to dabble in a little bit of everything. One thing that you can probably guess that has gotten my attention is Design.
A new time author took me on to both edit and design her book last November. In the last two years, I have slowly taught myself how to design book covers, and I am still learning. I was thrilled when the author took a chance on me to get some experience making book covers professionally.
For this book cover, it was a melding of design choices and suggestions from the author as well as me (the designer).
Design is a big part of my world. I love pretty things, which is one of the reason I still enjoy buying books. Book covers can be art in themselves.
People do judge books by their covers. It is the first thing they notice when they shop in bookstores. Admit it, a book caught your eye because of the cover art or perhaps a colourful font with personality got you stopping in your tracks.
Alongside my love of reading, I adore art and working with computers, so what better way then getting involved in design, whether its banners, logos, or even book covers!
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