Book Cover

miriam_r's picture

This is a cover I haven been working on for a long time. It is an Australian man's life in India and Afganistan in the early 1980s. It's a very long and interesting book that hopefuly will prove popular. I am happy with the image but not the typography. We're trying to achieve the dream: mass-market not down-market and easily recognisable. I thought with these requirements everyone's experience with logos might help. Thank you!Book cover

sevenfingers's picture

I would set the type negative instead...

kentlew's picture

If it's just a matter of degrees, you might consider Matthew Carter's Mantinia in place of the Galliard caps. It's similar, but a little more exotic looking. Mantinia was designed as a titling companion to Galliard.

Mantinia

John Hudson's picture

Good call, Kent. Mantinia was my first thought too (although this might suggest that it's a little obvious). Another good option would be the titling weight of HTF Requiem, which could also be used for the author's name. The text weight could be used for the tag line at the top, although it's really a bit naff: The Man. The Life. The Novel. The Ego. The Cheese.

jfp's picture

Its a typographical proportion problem, not a typeface problem. The position of the title is too low and the SHANTARAM text zone is equal to the author zone.
not enough space on each side of the title, and too much space inside the title.

Perhaps, the word structure is not at its best in all caps setting (very angular and difficult to space). Switch author name in caps -- title in lowercases.

glutton's picture

I really dig the halftone mandala-esque design in the middle.

You might want to reduce the size of the author's name. I agree with Jean -- it's fighting with the title.

greatermark's picture

maybe putting a ligature in SHANTARAM is a good idea.

cheshiredave's picture

I agree with Jean about reversing the caps and lc treatments. I also agree with an earlier comment about choosing a bit more flourished face for the title or employing ligatures in an lc setting.

I don't know if this is up for discussion, but I think the tagline doesn't belong on the cover. I'm not one for taglines on book covers to begin with, but in particular I think this one is a bit cliched and detracts from the opportunity to let the image (which is lovely, by the way) and the title shine.

greatermark's picture

ligatureeee....

Hildebrant's picture

One suggestion I would make is the bring in the tracking of the authors name, its really quite taboo to widely track lc characters.

miriam_r's picture

Thanks for your responses. I'll look into them and post some of my changes. Although I don't write the tag line or have to like it (or the title for that matter). The only major control I have had so far is in creating the central image. Thanks again though for the constructive criticism. Working on your own it is hard to get outside your own head sometimes!

miriam_r's picture

Here is the cover that got printed. 940pp hardback!

kakaze's picture

Woah, HUGE change from the first post.

What happened?

miriam_r's picture

Well....The first one I posted was one of about 20 roughs. The cover that got printed was the one that most people (ie author, marketing, publisher etc) were happy with. I still may snaffle that mandala-type thing I did for something else though.

beejay's picture

Miriam - from what there is to see, this cover
blows away the other one. Nice work.

Can you post a larger image... :-)

bj

kakaze's picture

Yeah, the new cover is quite nice.

I too would like to see a bigger version.

miriam_r's picture

Here you go:

The book has just been published in Australia and has been quite a success. If anyone's interested in reading anymore about it go to: www.scribepub.com.au

miriam_r's picture

Here you go:

The book has just been published in Australia and has been quite a success. If anyone's interested in reading anymore about it go to: www.scribepub.com.au

hawk's picture

so are you happy with that cover?

miriam_r's picture

Yep

hawk's picture

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kakaze's picture

The only thing that sucks...if they release this book in the states it'll probably have a completely different cover and inside layout :-(

Which isn't always bad, considering I much prefer the American Harry Potter illustrations and layout to the British versions, though I wish they didn't edit the language.

But sometimes, for covers like this, it sucks when they change it.

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