twdougherty got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create a compelling "Christian Living" book cover about a glorious secret
Check out twdougherty's Book cover contest…
The Secret of Sacrificial Self-Service: Discovering the Spiritual Incentives of Christian Hedonism
T. Dougherty lives with his wife and two sons near Akron, Ohio, where he works professionally in corporate retirement plan consulting. He holds a Master of Arts in Literature, Linguistics, and Rhetoric. When he's not studying Christian Theology, Philosophy, or the History of Western Thought, he enjoys trying to make profound ideas easily accessible in his writing.
The book is about finding satisfaction in God and Christian Faith. I am arguing that you should pursue your own self-interested pleasure to the greatest extent possible, but that you should first let God define for you where true pleasure can actually be found.
The book would be categorized as Christian Living, and is intended primarily for people under the age of 40.
Book cover type
I am open to abstract designs, but ideally, the cover would suit the title of the book itself. The title indicates that there is a secret to be discovered, and “Secret” is the word the cover would ideally convey. How would you convey the idea of a valuable (and glorious) hidden secret? A heavenly door cracked open (or suddenly flung open)? An ancient seal? A buried treasure? A treasure map? A ray of light breaking through a dark sky? A key and a keyhole? I know this is somewhat abstact, but I've included a few book cover images that I think do a good job of conveying the idea of a glorious hidden secret. You'll notice that almost all of them have in common the idea of a hidden light, which is an idea I'm hoping you'll explore. A subtle suggestion of Christian sacrifice would be a bonus (a cross or a drop of blood, etc.) I'm leaning slightly toward a cursive font, but am open to suggestions. The main thing is that the font styles, colors, and image(s) go well with the theme of a religious secret. Assume a 200-250 page non-fiction size paperback. I’m open to ideas; I really am. I'm just brainstorming. I hope that someone will surprise me. What do you think is the most interesting aspect of my title? What sort of cover would make you curious about what secrets it might contain?
What to avoid
It's a Christian Living book, so it needs to be tasteful. (A secret, after all, is the not something acquired, but something hinted at or strongly alluded to). The title is fairly long, I understand, so the font needs to be clean enough to be able to read it all easily. I will try to update the instructions during the week to indicate things that I do and do not like.
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.
twdougherty collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
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