Winner
Entry #205 - Book cover design - by mcfrance

Oxford Lighthouse Press picked a winning design in their book cover contest

For just $299, they received 197 designs from 32 designers.

From logos and business cards to websites and stationery, you can get anything designed by running your own design contest on 99designs.

Create the next book or magazine cover for Oxford Lighthouse Press

Guaranteed
$299

Bronze Book cover package

Purchased for $299

(including 99designs fees)

By Lmscreator
  • Last feedback - Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:54:49 +0000
  • Feedback 99%
  • Refunds - 0

1

  • Qualifying
  • The contest was open to all designers

2

  • Selected finalists
  • The contest holder selected 4 finalists

3

  • Final round
  • Finalists continued to submit designs

4

  • Selected a winner
  • The contest holder awarded a winner

completed

Congratulations to the winner, mcfrance!

Winning entries

Other entries

Show All All active Unrated 16 Rated Eliminated Withdrawn
Order by Time Rating
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
Next

11 comments shown 11 total, most recent first

show
  1. User
    Lmscreator
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:21:44 +0000
    Badge
    Contest Holder
    Avatar

    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
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:48:00 +0000
    Avatar

    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?

  3. User
    Lmscreator
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:47:13 +0000
    Badge
    Contest Holder
    Avatar

    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.

  4. User
    anyash
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:02:13 +0000
    Avatar

    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....

  5. User
    Lmscreator
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:35:27 +0000
    Badge
    Contest Holder
    Avatar

    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.

  6. User
    Lmscreator
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:33:27 +0000
    Badge
    Contest Holder
    Avatar

    Authors name is Arthur Livingston

  7. User
    Lmscreator
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:32:52 +0000
    Badge
    Contest Holder
    Avatar

    * a black

  8. User
    Lmscreator
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:30:20 +0000
    Badge
    Contest Holder
    Avatar

    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.

  9. User
    99designs
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:18:09 +0000
    Avatar

    The contest holder has guaranteed to award the prize!

  10. User
    Lmscreator
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:39:07 +0000
    Badge
    Contest Holder
    Avatar

    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.

  11. User
    vanessanoheart
    Actions
    Comment Date
    Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:10:58 +0000
    Avatar

    Hello!

    Is this a standard 6x9" cover?