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by Lmscreator

Contest started Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:58:45 +0000

Last feedback Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:54:49 +0000

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We would like a book cover designed that captures the essence of what we are trying to convey in our book which is a Backdoor into Harvard. We have a step by step outline that anyone can use to get admitted regardless of their SAT score, GPA or Background.

The title of the Book is "Backdoor Into Harvard: How to Get Admitted to Harvard Despite Your GPA, SAT Score, & Background"

Some of our thoughts include a the use of an old fashioned deadbolt as one of the letters with a golden 3d old fashioned key resting at the bottom of the cover with an illustration that the key had been used and the door in the background to Harvard had been opened.

Colors: Crimson Red - : #C90016) (RGB: 201, 0, 22) should be used and Large White Letters for the Text (preferable). Its important the the words "Backdoor Into Harvard" be very large.

We need a copy of the original Vector Graphics file

Also we need 2 thumbnail versions of the book one for a checkout section of the site and one for the front page of our site which is http://www.getinharvard.com.

Whoever we choose would be considered in the future for other graphic related jobs.

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    Contest Discussion

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    1. User
      Lmscreator
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      Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:21:44 +0000
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      I would like to first thank everyone for his or her patience.
      The contest has been officially reopened and is now a blind contest.
      Please start to submit new designs.

      The title of the book: Backdoor Into Harvard
      1st/Top Tagline: How To Get Admitted To Harvard
      2nd/Bottom Tagline: Despite Your GPA, SAT Score, & Background
      Author: Arthur Livingston

      IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF THE COVER
      1. We prefer a white background with a border. This book is not a novel. It is a how-to guide for getting admitted into Harvard.

      2. We want Harvard Crimson Red (Hex: #C90016) (RGB: 201, 0, 22) incorporated into the book, and the word “Harvard” on the cover to be this color.

      3. We want Vector Graphics.

      4. We like the concept of a shield similar to those of Harvard, but we cannot use any of the official Harvard shields. While we like the idea of a shield it is not mandatory. What we are mostly looking to convey is a Backdoor, a secret passage, an alternative route to Harvard that is not commonly known to the public.

      5. We also like the concept of a key, keyhole, a lock or possibly an old fashioned door and door knocker to illustrate the heritage that is Harvard. We also like the idea of adding some ivy if its done right and we prefer a minimalist approach.

      6. If you can use graphics that appear in 3D (use of shadows), that would be ideal.

      We would like the following features in our design:
      1) The primary emphasis in the title of the book should be the word “Harvard.” We want the word “Harvard” to pop/really stick out and be clearly identifiable, so in two seconds, people see that Harvard what the book is about.
      2) The author’s name should not be too prominent. The author wants his name on the book but wants to keep somewhat of a low profile. So do not bold his name or make it too big. Probably best if the author’s name is located at the very bottom of the cover.

      We will need the following cover designs:
      1) A 3D book cover that matches the exact picture and background of the image currently on the front page of http://www.getinharvard.com/. Copy the image that is on the home page and place your image over that picture with a clear background.
      2) A thumbnail (100x150) for our shopping cart.

    2. User
      aragon
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      Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:48:00 +0000
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      Good day, sir! In your mind there is the slightest connection between the graphics and title and presented to me your requests? Not even one star? What criteria have removed my graphics? Why do not you put any ratings?

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      Lmscreator
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      Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:47:13 +0000
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      Just to reiterate we need a 3d version of the book and thumbnail (100x150) for our shopping cart. to get the 3d version we need please go to http://www.getinharvard.com. Copy the image that is there and place your cover on that image. Thank You all for your efforts.

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      anyash
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      Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:02:13 +0000
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      ok so everybody all of a sudden just decided to rip off my idea of the Harvard shield with a key hole ( although there`s no mention about it on the design brief) talk about originality....

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      Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:35:27 +0000
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      We have decided we like the white background because it looks more like a how to guide rather than a novel... Look at Anyash's example.. The title is perfect the word Harvard is clear and easy to read and it POPS. We do like pagatana's lock however. Pagatana try doing the same book cover without a key and with the latin words changed to "VE RI TAS" also remove into because it detracts from the Title.

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      Lmscreator
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      Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:33:27 +0000
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      Authors name is Arthur Livingston

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      Lmscreator
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      Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:32:52 +0000
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      * a black

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      Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:30:20 +0000
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      We love the layout and all of the elements of anyash's design including the way the title is laid out, the use of a generic shield, the way Harvard stands out and the borders anchors the book. Anyash we need to see a 3d version such as what Harry Hyatt made and also you need to address the jagged lines on your design. Its not crisp like Harry's design. We need Vector graphics so that everything is crisp and clean. Anyash there is aback smudge on the shield. We also would like the Authors name below the tag line and make that text black instead of red.

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      Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:18:09 +0000
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      The contest holder has guaranteed to award the prize!

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      Lmscreator
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      Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:39:07 +0000
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      Love the direction of the white background design but am concerned about how it would look on a white background web page (like Amazon). The elements are all good but are floating in space to some degree (which is also an element we like). I would like to see some anchor. Maybe an outline or a red stripe across the bottom where the text "How to get admitted..." included inside with white text. Or a subtle border? Maybe consider a triangular page peel at one of the corners? Slightly off white background is another option. Perhaps consider adding some ivy (vines) (like Ivy League) to portrait a heavenly place. These are just some thoughts. Also we need a 3d thumbnail of the book like one of the other designers did on this site. You can grab a reference image on our site getinharvard.com. Also I need a 250 x 250 thumbnail version for our checkout page.

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      Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:10:58 +0000
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      Hello!

      Is this a standard 6x9" cover?