Book Cover Design: Clan Ground by Clare Bell

1106 Design

November 29, 2010

In any book cover design, but particularly an illustrated one, it’s important for the title and the graphic to complement each other and work together.

For this cover, a fabulous illustration was provided to us by the publisher, so our task was to build on the illustrator’s talent.

For the title, we chose the typeface Archeologicaps, to depict a sense of the esoteric and mysterious.

Rather than choosing a flat color for the title, we enhanced it with a yellow-orange gradient, so that it appears to be illuminated by the flames below.

We removed the crossbar of the “A” and replaced it with the eye of the cat to tie the title and illustration together.

The author’s name was set in a light green color, sampled from the background.

The series title at the bottom was letterspaced, just as it was on the first volume, for continuity of design.

Some folks would call this a “simple” cover design, but attention to detail is one way that book cover designers create covers that are eye-catching and appealing to the buyer.

How many of these enhancements did you notice before reading the post? If the answer was “none”, congratulations! The details of a design should never call attention to themselves. They should quietly serve the purpose of selling your book.

What do you want to know? What topics should we explore together? How can we help you along your publishing journey? Everyone here at 1106 Design wants to help.

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