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Well it certanily looks fun. Maybe the subtitle is too tiny
Agreed about the subtitle, it seems a tad on the small side. Incidentally: What exactly is explicit about an F and three *s? I mean if it were the actual letters of "that" word, sure, but since when is the censored version of something explicit explicit?
Just in case anybody thinks Yves is over-reacting: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4179481.stm And I would love to hear the definition of Essential Nude Scene. hhp
I'm not thinking that he's over-reacting, I kind of figured that would be the answer. It's just a shame that the rest of us feel we have to play along with this hypocritical and pseudo-politically-correct puritanical nonsense, it's bad enough that we have lost an entire continent already. ;-) Anyway, I digress...
Yves, a trend here is to emphsise the author. You have seemed to bury the authors name. Authors like Tom Clancy sell books no matter how poor the content. Also used in term of sales is (Author Name author of name of book).
Blood good. Skin bad. American's hate skin sooo much they would prefer to destroy it to get to the powerful blood and guts inside, which they obviously prefer. Had christ more insight, he might have lobbied his father to fill his creation with oil. Now that would make for an interesting communion. Body of ancient dinosaur, shed for you!
Yves I like the new look (your icon) did you do the painting or is that a photoshop creation.
As an alternative to asterisks maybe you could use her wink with the 'YOU' on the line underneath (so it doesn't interfere with the other eye) like: F<space>K YOU This will probably work better with a different crop of the image. I'm not convinced by the aligning on the italic vertical (if that makes any sense) maybe move the name and subtitle to the right to align more with the asterisk than the right of the F. Tim
Right. Apologies. Dark moment. Back to the citizenship clinic to get new batteries for my implant. Yves. I like your type in the title. I've always liked revealing the process elements
Yves here is an example of what I commented on. The second most important visual element is the authors name. Note the creditability line under the authors name. One other thought why don't you have a quote from a reviewer of either the book or her performace.
Hi Yves, I like your irony,, but something about the photograph isn't QUITE achieving it yet. Her "wink" seems kind of unnatural to me. She looks like she is squinting with one eye, the other eye is WIDE open, and her smile is very posed. I know what you are trying to achieve, but the photo makes her look kind of crazy to me. I'm not sure if you shot the photo yourself, or how you got it, but if it is possible, it might be nice to get a few more photos with very subtle variations of her facial expressions, as well as different angles. That way you'll find one that works.
I disagree with Dan and Sarah. This isn't a geeky Photoshop how-to book, it's obviously something much edgier. A menopause monologue apparently. This might be slightly sexist / misogynistic of me, but crazy works in this case. Think of the menopause stereotypes and most of the words that come to mind will be synonyms of crazy. The type treatment works with all of that. It's a little off, a little wild, a little crazy but not Charles Manson crazy. And the author's name is a good size. Being reversed out increases the visibility. I get severely annoyed when I see books with no apparent title, but the author's name is so huge it barely fits on the cover. It just seems egotistical to me. And for the record, you Europeans started the whole sensitivity thing. ;)
Isaac, it isn't about design, its about marketing in a crowded retail situation. You have to grab the attention of the potential sale or else its art for art sake and not business
You know what I'm going to say, right? Being seen over the rest of the clutter can be as simple as not having any clutter. Contrast works as well, if not better, than out doing the doers. Letting the design speak for itself, and say what it needs to say, rather than trying to say something similar to what other book covers are saying, is probably more effective than a rave review by a "reviewer" who may or may not be trustworthy. Maybe this is cynical, but does anyone trust those quotes any more? Did any one ever? The cover in question would not be well served with additional elements on it. The title, the colors, and the image are enough to poke you in the eye as is. TMI isn'tjust an acronym for teenage girls. I'm sure this is nothing new to you or anyone else that reads this. Sorry about the bad rag. I'm just trying to prevent horizontal scroll.
Also late to join the conversation but i'd align the 3 white pieces of text, they curl off to the left... Maybe with the edge of the F for example... unless your looking for something different.
Yeah, it's good. I think it suits the apparent subject matter pretty well. I disagree with the opinion that there should be more content on the cover. Assuming that this book is for a European market, I it is well suited to the bookshelves in our shops. I can imagine something looking like this positioned in popular non-fiction. The alignment of the white text is obviously off, but then because all the text is italicised, it kind of works. I do hope that the original photograph is better quality, though.
Because I'm weary of American over-sensitivity - I didn't want to take any risks. Sorry about the lack of information. This is a book cover, for the novelization of a theatre monologue by the actress on the cover.
Hehe, tho I fully agree with you James, let's not turn this thing into a political battleground. General Discussions can be bad enough already. I'm waiting for initial client feedback, but I think I'm gonna enlarge both author name and subtitle as advised. New version coming up shortly.
Nah - that was a foolish attempt of mine to eliminate excessive noise in the picture. It did lend it a nice painterly look tho. What? Do I look paranoid? Me?
A few thoughts. I'm late to join this thread, but when I did peek in the first day that you, Yves, posted I immediately read it as a book cover. The title reads as humorous to me because of the expression on the face of the actress. How is the Author's name buried? Isn't that the first name at the top? Is she a famous actress? Will her name be the bigger draw at the local bookstore over the title? Or is her face so recognizable that you don't really need to make her name the main focus? If she is a famous actress, it might be nice to have some line about "from the award winning movie yada yada yada". But I would put it on the back of the book toward the top or on the front at the bottom. Too bad though. I like the simplicity of the cover.
What if you took that line about menopause, the sub-title, and off-set it from the other side?
Yves, What is it? Ad, magazine cover, poster or anything else? In which context could we see that concept?