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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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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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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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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.

That's my opinion on these covers. Do with it what you will. Good day.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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