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9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« on: May 02, 2017, 01:13:45 PM »
I am gathering feedback on the following designs for my forthcoming book on Lean Media. (working title, which Kboarders helped me choose, is "Lean Media: How to focus creativity, streamline production, and create media that audiences love"). To see larger versions of the cover designs as well as some context, please see this blog post, "Lean Media in action  gathering feedback for the book design". Besides your preference, please feel free to share any other thoughts that come to mind as you look as these designs. Many thanks!

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 02:11:02 PM »
I'm partial to #1.

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 02:19:05 PM »
I like #1 and 2 the best. Are those paper airplanes in #1? If so, is there a way to make them a tad longer, because for some reason at first glance I sort of thought that they were diapers. I think that I'd like #2 more if there were people of color included (perhaps there are, but I can't tell at first glance).
I really think that all of the options have positive things about them, but the first two were ones that stood out to me. Option #3 may be most in line with the typical covers for this topic, right?

To summarize, I ain't know.

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2017, 02:19:13 PM »
3.

2, 5, 6 are bit busy and cluttered (especially for a book with lean in the title).
7. Makes me think of Facebook. 8. Confuses me.

Others were okay. But I like 3.

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2017, 02:39:50 PM »
I personally like cover 2 the best, followed by cover 4.

Cover 1 - Don't like the color, the image with the arrows doesn't mean anything and the sub-title is too small to read.

Cover 2 - Simple design with more subdued colors that don't hurt the eyes and the image makes it look like a book that deals with current technology and social media in a work-space environment.

Cover 3 - Hate the colors and it looks like a cheap cover made for 5$.

Cover 4 - Simple, clean design. Logo looks nice. Yellow and blue color pallet way better then the one from cover 3.

Cover 5 - That's one big ass picnic table lol. Doesn't really do it for me. Makes me think that this is a book about outdoor arts and crafts.

Cover 6 - I like it but it makes it seem like a book targeted to kids.

I don't care about the rest.

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2017, 03:46:30 PM »
This is actually pretty tough, these covers are all so nice. I will say for sure, though, that cover 8 is right out. The grungy look doesn't lend itself to a self-help or how-to sort of book.

My eye is being pulled to covers 4, 7, and 9. I like the yellow/teal color scheme of number 4--perhaps you should consider trying that color scheme on number 7? Or instead of that talk bubble above the title on #4, make it the thumbs up from #7? I'm just spitballing here. :)

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2017, 03:47:16 PM »
6 caught my eye first but then 5 & 9 would be my next choices. :)

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2017, 03:52:23 PM »
Number 9 is good, I'm sorry but number 1 looks like it's hinting at insertion. Number 8 looks like what a surgeon would observe.

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2017, 03:57:55 PM »
Four and eight because the taglines that really tell what the book is about really stand out without making it appear too busy, whereas with the others the lines simply disappear into the background.

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2017, 04:14:16 PM »
3

I'm not really sure why.  :)

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 04:31:28 PM »
3 because the colors are eye catching and the subtitle is readable.

Not 8. Definitely not 8. It looks like a squid's mouth.



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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2017, 04:39:31 PM »
3 because the colors and shapes all reflect the tripartite concept verbalized in the subtitle.

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2017, 04:50:48 PM »
#2, but with fewer white people
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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2017, 04:57:43 PM »
3 because the colors and shapes all reflect the tripartite concept verbalized in the subtitle.

This.  Another vote for #3.
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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2017, 05:11:14 PM »
My favs are #1 and #4 but they're all appealing and professional - no bad choices!

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2017, 05:21:04 PM »
They're all pro-quality, good-looking covers. That said...

#1. It looks like a dental exam, though. Painful associations.
#2. You lose the "media" part in the pendants.
#3. I guess you have to know what that symbol means. It's good though.
#4. Yellow and aqua are not dynamic.
#5. It's a coffee table book about coffee tables, heh. It's a cool concept but your book is about media, not meetings. I am assuming.
#6. Looks a bit dated and busy, the opposite of lean.
#7. If half your book is about facebook, maybe.
#8. Is that an old LP album? I dunno. Retro doesn't convey the concept of bleeding forward or whatnot.
#9. Another cool design but maybe too abstract.

I'd go with #3, the symbol is unique and arresting enough to make you go, what is that thing! Maybe you can pop the keywords FOCUS, STREAMLINE, and CREATE on the cover too with their corresponding orange-blue-green colors.
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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2017, 05:41:07 PM »
I think you've probably got way too many designs for people to reach a consensus on. Maybe whittle it down to your three favorites?

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2017, 06:16:46 PM »
I am drawn to #9...
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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2017, 07:07:06 PM »
I like all the ones where the subheading lines are easy to read quickly, so #3, 4, 6, 7.

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2017, 12:13:48 AM »
I think you should start by eliminating the ones that are really not worth it as there are too many choices at the moment.

8 with the grunge look does not fit non-fiction well and can be taken out.
1 has medical overtones as others have said and can be taken out
2 is weak in terms of color and design and can be removed - it is especially not going to stand out in thumbnail
5 at a glance looks like a kindergarten class about to do creative activities

So that would leave 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 to choose from.

When choosing keep in mind this will be an ebook in thumbnail size.  The title needs to be clearly visible, as well as the images, the colors not too dull. 

I'd say 3, 4, 7 and 9 are your strongest contenders.
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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2017, 05:31:04 AM »
Number 7 is the only one that hints at the purpose of the book -- to create media that the audience engages with (Facebook like).  I think the problem is that all of them are quite generic and don't really communicate who is the target audience or what the book offers them. As others have mentioned, I do like the ones where the bylines are most legible better. Even with the bylines (and without reading the blurb), I'm still not sure what this book targets.  Strictly online media? One-person publishers or corporations?  Multiplatform media (television, radio, print, online)?  Web-developers or journalists?

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2017, 05:31:45 AM »
#6 is by far and away the best IMHO. Reminds me of classic manuals. I took it that it was showing how busy things are, and why you need to get lean.

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« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2017, 05:43:03 AM »
#6 for me. I like the more subdued colour and the highlighting of key words in the subtitles
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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2017, 08:01:48 AM »
Thanks everyone for the responses so far. It is very helpful and fascinating to see how different people regard the covers. I also appreciate comments like these:

#2, but with fewer white people

Are those paper airplanes in #1? If so, is there a way to make them a tad longer, because for some reason at first glance I sort of thought that they were diapers.

... which help me (and the design team) discover potential problems. It's much better to identify these issues now than at launch!

In terms of the target audience, the book is written for anyone who is involved in the creation or production of media such as books, music, film, TV, websites, video games, performance art, and advertising. All of you fall within that audience, but it also has to appeal to people who may work on media for large companies or multifaceted productions (I bring this up because many productions in other sectors of the media industry are more oriented toward large teams than what we indie authors are used to).

A few people noted that there are so many choices and it would be helpful to whittle it down. So I can say numbers 1 and 8 are definitely out of the running (for the same reasons you listed). 4 and 9 are also out of the running for me.

So that leaves 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. If you have any additional comments on these, I would love to hear them through Friday morning (May 4, 2017). At that point I will get back to my designers.

Many thanks!

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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2017, 12:13:36 PM »
Thanks everyone for the responses so far. It is very helpful and fascinating to see how different people regard the covers. I also appreciate comments like these:

... which help me (and the design team) discover potential problems. It's much better to identify these issues now than at launch!

In terms of the target audience, the book is written for anyone who is involved in the creation or production of media such as books, music, film, TV, websites, video games, performance art, and advertising. All of you fall within that audience, but it also has to appeal to people who may work on media for large companies or multifaceted productions (I bring this up because many productions in other sectors of the media industry are more oriented toward large teams than what we indie authors are used to).

A few people noted that there are so many choices and it would be helpful to whittle it down. So I can say numbers 1 and 8 are definitely out of the running (for the same reasons you listed). 4 and 9 are also out of the running for me.

So that leaves 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. If you have any additional comments on these, I would love to hear them through Friday morning (May 4, 2017). At that point I will get back to my designers.

Many thanks!

#2 - Not bad, but as someone mentioned, all the people seem to be Caucasian.
#3 - Best of the lot, imho.  The three segments of the dialogue circle seem to represent different techniques or strategies (as someone said above)
#5 - Looks cluttered and haphazard, doesn't catch my eye
#6 - Good concept, contains elements of different types of media and technology, but it looks a little cartoony, maybe even geared toward kids.
#7 - Kind of generic, imho.  The Facebook "thumbs-up" is recognizable (can you legally use it, I wonder?), but thumbs-up is a pretty generic symbol.  Also, I assume your book discusses other technology/social media that simply FB, but that's not suggested here.
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Re: 9 potential cover designs - which one works for you?
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2017, 12:54:12 PM »
I'd say #1 & #4 have my vote - some of the others are a bit too cluttered, or the colors are off putting in my opinion. But overall, wow, really great designs across the board.
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