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book or magazine cover for S&Y Associates
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S&Y Associates was established to provide North American’s access to Japan’s best selling literature. We translate best sellers from Japan to English and then Publish them for North America markets.
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Describe what you want designed Dust Jacket - 6 x 9 inches S&Y Associates would like to capture the tone of the 42 poems written by a 100 year old woman. Kujikenaide is the title of the book and translates as "Don't Lose Heart". "A 100-year-old woman writing about love, dreams and hanging on to hope has touched the hearts of Japanese worn out by years of a lagging economy, propelling her self- published poetry book onto bestseller lists." Written in what reviewers have termed a down-to-earth style with “sprightly” words, her poems have proven encouraging to thousands of readers. “I received the courage and dreams to live on from you, your poetry transmitted courage to me, helped me not to mislay purpose of life” a 70-year old reader said in a letter to Ms Shibata’s publisher. Another fan, a man who was being shunned by colleagues, said, “Your works help me remove my sullen state of mind and resentment. I take your poems out to read when I’m frustrated.” Her poems have also inspired the victims of the Great Japan Disaster of 2011, for whom she has become a symbol oencouragement and faith to that tragic event. Please refer to website www.kujikenaide-usa.com We would like to capture the meaning of Kujikenaide or "Don't Lose Heart" that would portray her poems. “Out of despair comes hope and morning will always come.” At our website is a collection of four poems, which represents a tone of the book. You can also get a pictorial presentation to a piano rededication that captures some views of Kujikenaide or Don’t Lose Heart at “sounds of kujikenaide”. In Japan Cherry Blossom is a symbol of • Mind of Beauty • Spirit of Beauty • Elegant or Graceful Lady Cherry blossoms also symbolizes to the Japanese people a start of feeling of something good and also gives people encouragement and hope. This would be a possible recommendation, but would be open to all graphics.
We would like the dust cover to have a subtle Japanese flavor based on the origination of the book. We have enclosed some images, just to give a perception of what we have been thinking for the cover. We are in no way bounded to a specific images, only to convey “Don’t Lose Heart” The images were taken off the web and could have a royalty for usage, so they are presented only as perception of what we viewed and liked.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Sugimoto1 collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
This is the second job I've done with Alexandre, "Portugal." This time I didn't do the contest--I knew I wanted Alexandre to do my second cover. He did not disappoint--it is exactly what I asked for and once again he used his expertise and creative eye to make things better than my original request. I also really love how it matches the first cover in a color/font scheme so it looks really professional. This was my first experience asking someone directly to do work and Alexandre was fast, professional, and a delight to work with. I can't recommend his services enough. He is really good at designing book covers!
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