Book In A Box got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design a Eye-Catching Book Cover for "Distracted to Death"
Check out Book In A Box's Book cover contest…
The book is an in depth look at how our modern entertainment culture erodes our minds and hurts our time, money, health, relationships, and joy.
What's your vision?
We are looking for a full, paperback cover -- front, spine, and back cover designs. We don't have an exactly clear idea of what we want on the cover, but here a brief explanation from the author: One cover idea I've had is a design that conveys the title (Distracted to Death) without being too distracting (paradoxically). It would be cool if the cover seized their attention and was almost a distraction in and of itself. For example: Perhaps there are loads of images and/or text surrounding the title name - images that are really hard not to look at (think of the ads they run on TheHollywoodGossip.com or the National Enquirer). If done wrong, this could be an ugly mess - if done right, it would evoke the experience and feeling of being distracted to death immediately, and lure people in. Another similar option is somehow conveying a single human or human mind being inundated and overwhelmed by distractions. I see a person or silhouette of a person (think something kind of like this: http://hdw.datawallpaper.com/technology/the-human-being-328841.jpg)... with a bunch of hooks or strings inserted into the body from all directions, with each thread representing a different distracting medium. Super-stimulators like social media, movies, TV, email, porn, food, etc. Could be sort of modeled after the Compass of Pleasure cover. Perhaps the human being could even be in a coffin. Probably too cheesy, but just a thought. As far as any other images I see, from themes of the book... There's the jacked-up pyramid of priorities... But I don't really see that being a good cover. If we could somehow illustrate the feeling of our most precious, non-renewable resources being stolen from us while we indulge in mindless entertainment... There's also the "train ride to oblivion" which comes up a lot - but not necessarily good imagery for the cover. Another idea is, if you've ever seen the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in the Disney, Jim Carrey Christmas Carol movie... Incorporating the hand of death or image of death, looming over an otherwise pleasant scene of entertainment indulgence (http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110827024301/disney/images/1/1e/Carol-disneyscreencaps_com-7246.jpg). You could also go down a grotesque route, perhaps: https://billmullins.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/windowslivewriterhookedontheinternetoneshrinksopinion-bb19internet-addict-12.jpg or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXasCjUTNpE&feature=kp For some reason I keep seeing a predominately white cover - with black and red, but that may be because I've been reading The One Thing (http://www.amazon.com/The-ONE-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary/dp/1885167776/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403201762&sr=8-1&keywords=the+one+thing - which has exceptional interior design, by the way).
Be creative and create lots of mockups if you have multiple ideas. I will be running the best ideas past the author and he will likely choose the finalists based on nailing a good concept more than the actual detail of the design. We can fix up the quality of the design after. Here are some other examples of covers that the author likes...
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.
Book In A Box collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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