margaret.eves got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design a cover for my eBook that helps genealogists tell their ancestors' stories with video
Check out margaret.eves's Book cover contest…
My eBook helps genealogists (people who research their family history) to share their ancestor’s stories using video. The powerful visual medium of video serves to engage family members in the story and connect with their family history and brings to life their ancestor’s world. The eBook is not so much a technical guide, but instead a guide for mining historical records, photos, and artifacts to find visual and audio elements that can help tell an ancestor’s story. The book offers suggestions of how to put those elements together in an engaging way, but also in a way that acknowledges the evidence behind the story. I am also developing a website called VideoGenealogy.info to share and curate content about and examples of using video to share family history. My target audience is genealogists, from beginner level hobbyists on up to professional genealogists who are trying to communicate their research findings to family who might not be so interested in the research details, but would benefit from understanding the stories. The demographic is men and women from late twenties to senior citizens, however the core age demographic will probably be forties and older. The book needs to appeal someone who loves old photographs and history. However, millennials are a growing sector of the genealogy audience, as online resources for research have exploded, DNA testing has become more affordable, and social media has provided more ways to locate cousins. Using video fits in with these developments.
What's your vision?
I need a visually engaging cover for my eBook: Share Your Genealogy Research with Video: A Get Started Guide for Making Family History Movies My design values: I am very open to suggestions and creative ideas, but below are some ideas and examples of things I like or visual concepts that I am thinking about. I’m trying to avoid the “tree” visual (as in family tree). The point of genealogy video is not to show a chart but to tell a story and draw someone into the world of their ancestors. MUSTS: Title text MUST be clear. The cover MUST look good as a thumbnail, with the main title being clear. I like light colored text over a darker or rich color image, but as long as title text is clear, it's ok. Photos used would need to be royalty free with a reasonable licensing fee. I would like to include my small VideoGenealogy.info logo at the bottom of the cover, but that is optional or could use the website name in text rather than logo form. See attached logo along with other examples of covers and examples of types of visuals that might work in the cover. I have lots of ideas swirling in my head. Please help by creating a great book cover. Here are my ideas: -Something that combines vintage or retro images with current ideas like an iPad, laptop. (Think Trader Joe's circular-vintage illustrations with people holding Starbucks type coffee cups or modern items.) But I’m also open to more abstract images. -Archival photograph of 19th century person, slightly off center on cover to allow for title text over darker or lighter area of photo. -19th century photo of group scene or obviously 19th century setting with title text over darker area. More complicated ideas: -A retro ad illustration (1930s-1950s) looking amazed at what they are seeing on their television. -Contrast of 1890s ladies looking at an iPad. -Or photo shop a current grandparent with child or teen watching a video on laptop or iPad, somehow surrounded by a 19th century setting (either a vintage photo or etching.) -Or an over-shoulder- of current family members looking at a historic video on screen. -Well photographed over-the-shoulder shot of laptop screen displaying movie making software with 19th century photo or scene in video imaging window. With hand on keyboard. Abstract image: Using my title and concept of book, come up with a graphic (See attachments of book covers I like and types of visuals I like).
Please use your imagination and creative skills to make an eBook cover that grabs my audience and appeals to them. Clear, clean, good looking cover. My ideas are suggestions. I trust your judgement as a design professional. Please play close attention to product and target audience description and product goal. I look forward to seeing your creative work!
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
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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.
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