chato got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create an attractive cover for a technical/scientific book on social media during disasters
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The book "Big Crisis Data: Social Media in Disasters and Time-Critical Situations" is a scientific survey of the usage of social media during natural hazards and human-induced disasters. It describes various computational methods to deal with this type of data, including natural language processing, information retrieval, machine learning, and data mining. The main target audience are advanced computer science students (e.g. enrolled in a graduate studies program) and computer scientists (computer science professors and researchers at industrial labs). The book is also accessible to software developers with a research background.
What's your vision?
A book cover which is attractive and at the same time appropriate for a scientific book. The book should include the title "Big Crisis Data", subtitle "Social Media in Disasters and Time-Critical Situations", and the author name "Carlos Castillo". The cover should be attractive, but it cannot be too "cartoonish", in the sense that this is a technical book on a serious subject. The cover should neither be overly festive, nor depressing or tragic.
OTHER BOOK COVERS BY THE SAME PUBLISHER See this link for book covers by the same publisher (Cambridge University Press): https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=cambridge+university+press&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=lnt&tbs=isz:ex,iszw:180,iszh:269#hl=en&tbs=isz:ex%2Ciszw:180%2Ciszh:269&tbm=isch&q=cambridge+university+press+computer+science This is the cover of the most recent book the publisher has published on a related topic: http://www.cambridge.org/gr/academic/subjects/computer-science/computing-and-society/twitter-digital-socioscope?format=PB DESIGNS TO AVOID Please avoid being too similar to these: - http://www.nap.edu/related.php?record_id=15853 -- they are all books on similar topics to this one, and we want this book cover to look different. - http://www.amazon.com/Social-Media-Disaster-Response-Participation/dp/0415817412 - http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Humanitarians-Changing-Humanitarian-Response-ebook/dp/B00S9OM6YW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435428442&sr=1-1&keywords=digital+humanitarians - https://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781439853498 Other design to avoid: https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=disasters+2.0&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=D-aOVbiUOdLO7QbQ7Z_gDA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg&biw=1600&bih=809#hl=en&tbm=isch&q=disasters+2.0+%28book+OR+report%29 VISUAL ELEMENTS TO AVOID Do not use social media icons representing current platforms (e.g. do not use Twitter's icon, or Facebook's, Google Plus, Instagram, Whatsapp, etc.) instead use icons representing information classes of disaster-relevant information (as explained below). Do not make the umbrella or other object "bounce" messages; I don't want to evoke the idea that we're rejecting messages. Avoid a sad/tragic look, but don't be overly festive either. STARTING POINT (ATTACHED) I'm attaching a visual concept as a starting point. This depicts a "rain" of social media messages. Sources for this are in the .zip in .xcf (Gimp) format, it uses font Brandon Grotesque. The colors I'm using here try to evoke the white-gray-red colors used by infographies by the Red Cross e.g. https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=social%20media%20data%20infographic&hl=en&tbm=isch#hl=en&tbm=isch&q=social+media+data+infographic+red+cross&imgrc=FXHIepIfz5eBgM%3A The cover can somehow play with the idea that a tsunami/flood/rainfall/landslide/avalanche/rockfall/snowstorm/etc. of social media messages is received during such a situation. It can also be a fire hose or fire hydrant generating the messages. If messages are represented by icons, they should reflect some of the typical information classes received during disasters, as the book explains: messages of caution and advice, people missing, tsunami alerts, severe weather updates, shelters, tornado warnings, fire, explosion, gunfire, medical attention needed, electricity down, volunteers needed, water or food needed, etc. IMPORTANT: feel free to come up with a completely different proposal, but I would prefer designs that somehow reflect a "disaster" (again: tsunami, flood, rainfall, landslide, avalanche, rockfall, snowstorm, fire hose, fire hydrant, or other) that generates lots of social media messages that are depicted by icons.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
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