As some of you may know, I am back in school for a Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media Studies! I have been having a wonderful experience exploring different tools and strategies when it comes to social media, user experience, and design. The course I am in currently allows me to do an independent project on anything that is considered visual rhetoric. As the title of this post may allude, I have decided to design a book cover for a book in existence. The trouble is, I have no idea which one I would like to ‘redesign’. That’s where I need YOUR help!
First of all, this is not me thinking that the current books out there need a facelift when it comes to the book cover design. I recently saw an article posted on Facebook entitled, Meet the Designers behind Your Favorite Book Covers. From there, inspiration struck as to how I can not only create this project but consider designing such as this in the future. It is challenging, it seems, to draw up what a book is about in 3-5 panels – depending on paperback or hardcover. Mainly, it is the front cover, but there needs to be a tie-in of the theme across the entire surface of the book. The more I reflect on this project and career field, the more I am drawn in. Coincidentally, there is a course I am looking to take in the Fall named Developing and Publishing Digital Books – completely sold! Before I can get to that point, I felt that this project could be a nice introduction to what the course may look like.
Secondly, I am having a difficult time choosing which book to create a dust jacket! My favorite books I own I have come to love by their stories as well as the feeling I get looking at the stunning cover art and design! On the other hand, books that I feel ‘meh’ about, I am not sure I could pull inspiration from to create a design. This somehow leads me to believe that this is a dilemma for paid book cover designers and somehow they are able to produce high-quality designs no matter what their feelings are towards the book.
So bookish friends, I’m leaving it up to you to decide what book I should redesign into a 5-panel cover (Front Cover, Back Cover, Spine, Front Flap, Back Flap). Let’s hear it:
Stay Tuned to See What Was Chosen AND The (re)Design!