Judging a book by its cover

by richard on September 13, 2010

Last week I had a great project. I went down to Tassie to do some work with my photographic/graphic design business partner at pawpaw on my book cover design for ‘the cure’. He has a cabin up in the lake district, so it was a perfect opportunity to get away from civilisation, and focus completely on the one task.

Techno-thriler book covers tend to be quite gritty and strong, so we followed this theme to come up with a few ideas. Ultimately, I want something that would attract your attention on a crowded bookshelf, and beg you to pick it up and read the blurb on the back. With that in mind, I would love to hear from you about the four options below. Which one grabs your attention the most? Would any of them prompt you to pick the book up? Do they suggest a techno-thriller style book to you?

Any other comments, feedback etc would be greatly appreciated!

ice 198x300 Judging a book by its cover


leavesandrust 198x300 Judging a book by its cover

leaves and rust

biohazard 201x300 Judging a book by its cover


virus 198x300 Judging a book by its cover


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Christine Cutler September 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I like Ice and BioHazard the best. . . .

Skye Landy September 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I love the cover ‘ice’ it has the most intrigue and ‘thrillerness’ about it, however they all contain some fabulous elements! Goodluck deciding!

richard September 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Thanks for your comments guys! Its a bit like the election here – adding up the votes for each candidate!

Leischa September 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

Ice pops out the most; catches your eye but I like the colours used in Biohazard the best.

Great work Rich.

Maddi Corden September 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm

i like the biohazard one the best, followed by the ice one. the red is so bright and contrasting with the rusted metal (?) behind it. i think it would be the most eye catching on a shelf in a bookstore. the biohazard or the virus one are probably more relevant to the book being about genetic modification, especially considering GM plants and things are locked away and considered to be biohazards. good luck choosing!

Bethwyn Todd September 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

my votes go to Biohazard & Virus. I agree Ice has a thriller edge to it but maybe too much noise for me. Biohazard is creepy & definitely stands out. As for Virus – it’s just different – and i like the stark white text…for what it’s worth! good luck!

richard September 17, 2010 at 8:21 am

Thanks Bethwyn!

Simon Corden September 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I like the Ice, and then the Virus. I didn’t realise the bio hazard one was bio hazard, but then I don’t spend much time in a lab. Anyway, I think they are all great, and a big step up on the earlier version. Great work, and I look forward to being part of the viral marketing campaign.

nic September 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm

WOW! these are looking great! the Bio Hazard is a clear standout for me. It looks like something I already know I want to read…. the composition is balanced with great depth and the red is dramatic. The overall feeling I get from this design is ‘dangerous’ – which means yes I would definitely pick it up and read it…. or click for download!! Really well done Rich x

Deb September 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I love virus! Ice is too busy and haphazard for me to focus on and want to get into, leaves and rust suggests an environmental theme with an emphasis on plants that I wouldn’t choose and biohazard, while I love red, and love edgey stuff, has a rather devilish look… the virus cover really appeals, it fits with the title, looks cool, crisp, suggests technical expertise and cleverness that I want to get into. What would a psychological profiler make of our responses, heh heh!! Virus seems different which makes me want to pick it up and read the blurb. I’d then decide how the cover (title and image) may fit the contents. Fantastic Rich, a complex and exciting process!

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