Evan Griffith got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Burn, Baby, Burn book cover design (ebook & print)
Check out Evan Griffith's Book cover contest…
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Art gallery owner and writer for www.FreakyBeautiful.com (Notes on creativity and spirit). My target audience: People interested in personal growth, especially as it relates to creativity and loose, lighthearted contemporary spirituality.
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Industry: Creativity; Spirituality; Personal Growth Description: This is the first of three short books exploring the intersection of the creative and the spiritual. This little book is for people who want to focus themselves better creatively. In their work, in their relationships, in their projects. The conceptual backbone is this: By making your creativity a spiritual practice you can unleash creative power you didn't know you had. These elements need to appear on the cover: 1. Title: Burn, Baby, Burn 2. Subtitle: Spark The Creative Spirit Within 3. A bookito by Evan Griffith I'm looking for spare and playful, with a touch of sophistication. For all text: feel free to use initial caps, all caps, or no caps at all . . . this is your interpretation. I don't have a pre-conceived idea in this regard. For the Title: please make it stand out. So it reads well when reduced to a thumbnail For 3. above: Yes, the words "Bookito' or 'a bookito' or 'a bookito by' need to appear on the cover. This is to indicate with a wink that it's a short book, akin to a novella. This text should be smaller than the author name. In fact, the smallest text on the cover. It can be simple, just above Author Name . . . or playful . . . whatever feels right to you.
Thank you to each of you who participate. I know by virtue of the process that only one final winner can be chosen. Yet I want you to know how much I appreciate all who participate. Thank you for lending your creative genius to this project. I wish you all the success you can handle :-) -- Evan Griffith DESIGN NOTES & SPECS BOOK DIMENSIONS: 5.5" x 8.5" DESIGN DIMENSIONS: -- Ebook cover version: 5.5" x 8.5" -- Print cover version: 12" x 8.5" (i.e. wraparound front, back, and 1" spine) 300 DPI BACK COVER: The back cover should be pretty simple; feel free to use your imagination, but you can keep it as simple as having an author photo, with a short bio below it, centered on the page. Leave space on the bottom back cover for the ISBN bar code Back Cover Text and Bio is attached. SPECIFIC DESIGN NOTES: I'm looking for simple, bold and spacious. One image or graphic element, if any are used at all. Can be all typographic if preferred. Must be compelling. Even when reduced down to thumbnail size. You will see from the book covers below that I like simplicity and high contrast. A white, off-white, or one-color background with lettering that leaps forward. Maybe one simple image to drive the concept home. INSPIRATION TO CONSIDER: Books covers I like: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0306805286?gwSec=1&redirect=true&ref_=s9_simh_gw_p14_d2_i5 http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Tangerines-Celebrating-Extraordinary-Everyday/dp/0310329302 http://www.amazon.com/Show-Your-Work-Creativity-Discovered/dp/076117897X/ref=pd_sim_14_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0S3RS122SDQJ9QE3NZYN http://www.amazon.com/ONE-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-Results/dp/1885167776/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1439160466&sr=8-5&keywords=essentialism http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman-ebook/dp/B00555X8OA/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439160989&sr=1-9&keywords=daniel+pink http://www.amazon.com/168-Hours-Have-More-Think/dp/159184410X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439160376&sr=8-1&keywords=168+hours GENERAL DESIGN NOTES: -- The ebook version will be cover only -- The print version will be spine, front cover, and rear cover -- When the contest is complete, I will require the layered PSD file at 300 DPI, so a designer can set up the print ready file. -- Please expect 2 to 3 minor rounds of edits after design is chosen. For tweaking of text, etc., if needed. -- Author photo is attached From Amazon: Requirements for the size of your cover art: • Minimum of 1000 pixels on the longest side • Ideal height/width ratio of 1.6 For better quality, we recommend that images be 2500 pixels on the longest side. Kindle Direct Publishing accepts two types of files for cover images: JPEG, or .jpeg TIFF, or .tif(f) Color Product images display on the Amazon website using RGB (red, green, blue) color mode. RGB is the color mode native to the web and many color screen displays, as these three colors displayed at varying levels of intensity create over 16 million colors. Use color images whenever possible and relevant. The Kindle reading device has a black and white screen today but Kindle applications for other devices, such as iPhone or PC, take advantage of color fonts and images. Must be noticeable and "pop" at postage stamp size 7/8" by 1" Make sure the title and subtitle can be read clearly. Use images that are crisply delineated Use bold fonts that make the headline instantly readable Use simple images The title should be legible on a small scale. The cover should make someone want to know more about the book based on a 5 second glance
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Evan Griffith collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Working with JovanaM was a real pleasure. She designed the cover for a little book titled 'Burn, Baby, Burn: Spark The Creative Spirit Within'
Jovana's design sense is superb. I managed a design team in New York City . . . and Jovana ranks with the best of them. She has a playful way with both the typography and icons (in this case a flame with a heart in the negative space). It's really clever the combinations she comes up with. From the very beginning of the design contest her work was always a standout.
While we might have had slight language or communication issues a couple of times, Jovana always was happy to provide fresh iterations to get us closer to the final result.
Jovana went far beyond what I expected. When I would ask for a change, she would give me more than I asked for. She almost always gave me several variations . . . which made choosing the strong elements that much faster. And it also made for a stronger design overall.
The final cover design is world class. I've been studying successful cover design in my categories (creativity, spirituality, self-help/personal growth) and she has created a design that can stand next to the very best in the field.
I'm so impressed that I will look for ways to work with Jovana again.
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