Book Cover Design
1. To create a conceptual idea based on your original imagery.
2. To design with consideration and respect of copyright law as it applies to commercial work.
3. To integrate type and imagery into a cohesive narrative inspired by the content of the book.
4. To support the clarity of the message, by applying visual hierarchy principles to both imagery and typography.
5. To develop compositional skills in page layout design which include typography, grid and image.
6. To improve technical knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator features used in development of typography, imagery, and graphics.
1. Understand the Problem
2. Research and Investigate
3. Generate Possible Solutions
4. Select AND DEVELOP Best Solution
5. Model and Prototype (Create)
6. Test and Evaluate
1. Design process: Understand the problem
-What is the purpose of a book cover?
The purpose of a book cover is to catch the attention of people. Although people say not to “judge a book by its cover” people do it all the time, especially with books. For this reason, book covers have to really attract people’s attention and give them an idea of what the book might be about. The visuals are meant to hint at what a reader might experience or see while reading in the book.
-What makes a good or bad book cover?
A good book cover has lots of interesting images, textures, shapes and colors. Sometimes simple covers look more clean and professional but might seem boring to someone basing the story on the cover. I think the type of cover attracts different types of people. Younger kids prefer more colors and pictures while an adult might be attracted to a more simple design. I think it really just depends on the type of genre and age group the book is meant to be for. Overall though, unique covers usually catch people’s attention more.
-Find and post one excellent design example of a book cover and note why you believe it to be an excellent example.
I think this is an excellent design example of a book cover because it definitely catches your attention and gives a hint at what happens in the book. It has a variety of different textures and the lightning is specially eye catching. It also gives you a glimpse of what to expect in the novel but doesn't depict a specific scene.
The book I chose and the captain approved is called A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. It depicts the story of nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre who kills a wolf in the woods and a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. To spare her life and that of her family, Feyre gives herself up to the beast-like creature who takes her to the magical side of the barrier in Prythian-- a place she’s only heard about in legends. She finds that her captor is actually Tamlin, one of the immortal faeries who rules the Spring Court, one of the kingdoms in the magical side of the barrier. Faerie learns all the people in the Spring Court have been placed under a curse where they have to wear masks permanently. As she spends more time there and learns about the secrets of this new world, her hatred for Tamlin turns into love and she goes to great lengths to save him and his kingdom from the curse.
2. Design Process: Research and investigate
The court of Thorns and Roses series is a #1 New York Times bestselling series. A court of Thorns and Roses is also The New York Times bestselling first book in a new fantasy series from Sarah J. Maas (Author website).
-Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
-Award nominations: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
Major events in the novel:
-Faerie kills the wolf which is when her life really changes
-The land of the Fae: Mystical, magical, dangerous (strange creatures)
-Tamlin's castle has a lot of roses outside
-Faeire likes to paint instead of read like in the original Belle story
-The people in the Spring Court are all cursed and have to wear masks
-Faerie fights in many challenges to defeat Amarantha, High Queen of Prythian and break the curse
- animal masks
- Roses and thorns
- Under the mountain/mountains
3. Design Process: Generate possible solutions
4. Design Process: Select and Develop Best Solution
I chose this design because it has important elements of the story but is also more simple and clean. The wolf is a key part of the book as is the tittle since it gives a hint that the book is based on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. The colors I chose are red, black, green, and maybe some gray since the story is a bit of a darker version of beauty and the beast. The castle in the background will be faded to allow the quotes to show above it and it is the place where Feyre's life changes so I thought it would be important to include it.
-Font: Curly letter for the tittle and more formal but rounded shaped for author's name and descriptions in front and back flaps of the book cover.
-Front cover: Wolf howling, vines with roses and thorns going around the tittle, wolf, and author's name
5. Design Process: Model and Prototype (Create)
6: Design process: Evaluate and Refine
After asking for a few opinions I found that some thought the cover looked too flat and needed more dimension. One suggestion I got was to add texture to the background to add more dimension and a more interesting effect to the cover. I found this red marble texture online and blended it into the background using blend modes. Another suggestion was to make the front and
Here someone suggested I make the front and back flaps a little darker so the book wouldn't look too red and had some contrast. It also helped make the writing stand out more among all the other images.
7. Design Process: Produce
Finalize Project Page with a thorough reflection on your project and process
What I liked about my solution was that I added some things that I hadn't planned as I was creating the project. I liked that I was able to figure out a way to incorporate some of the main themes and title of the book while keeping the design simple. If I could do something differently I would have spent more time designing my ideas and changing some things while creating the project. My greatest difficulty was probably dealing with all the layers while creating the book cover. The layers got mixed up at times and when the hue and saturation layers were put on top of the wrong layer, it changed the color of the whole image. I also found it a little difficult to blend the castle into the background at first. I did however learn a lot of things from this project. I learned how to work with lots of layers, plan before I start making something, and thinking outside the box to create a unique book cover while keeping it simple.