steveaUh got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design professional, eye catching print/eBook cover for primer on IT Projects.
Check out steveaUh's Book cover contest…
Your First IT Project: A Non-Technical Guide to Help You Succeed
Author Steve Pinckney is the founder and principal of Conceptia, Inc. He has over 15 years' experience helping organizations execute technology projects more effectively. Steve is also an executive coach, helping his clients become tomorrow's leaders. Through a combination of individual and group coaching, he helps accelerate ROI by enabling project teams to get clear on their mission and goals, identify and remove obstacles to their productivity, and improve team communication and interactions.
Maybe you've got a newly minted computer science degree but no real-world business experience. Maybe you don't have a technical degree at all! Or you're a seasoned professional, someone who helps run the business and knows how it needs to change to stay competitive in today's fast-changing marketplace-but you don't know how to talk tech. You're intelligent and you're adaptable, but you may not know enough about the landscape to know how to adapt. You have many questions. What's expected of you? How are you supposed to know who to go to for what? And what are all these people doing every day? Corporate America spends hundreds of billions of dollars on IT projects every year, so it's likely you'll find yourself involved with a project at some point in your career. When you do, START HERE! This book is the non-technical guide that will help you prepare for your first IT project and succeed in your new role. Your First IT Project: A Non-Technical Guide to Help You Succeed is an essential resource for anyone preparing for their first tech project. Using real-world examples and relatable explanations that are unburdened by jargon, Steve Pinckney leverages his decades of practical IT project delivery and mentoring experience to help you: " Recognize what an IT project is (and isn't) " Understand the terms you need to know to understand what's going on " Learn how to succeed in your IT project role, and how to leverage this experience to propel your career forward " Evaluate the key project roles so you understand who's responsible for what and the role(s) you are best suited for Your First IT Project will also walk you step-by-step through a mock project so you will get an idea of why projects are initiated and how the various roles come together to deliver them. Reading Your First IT Project dispels some of the uncertainty you'll feel when embarking on a new IT project role or being new to an IT project team, giving you knowledge and confidence to put your best foot forward and do your best work.
Two main audiences: 1) 21-25 year old male or female, located in cities with a decent number of corporate jobs. They will have recently graduated college or recently joined a company/consultancy to work on their first IT project in some capacity. 2) A seasoned professional/employee who finds themselves having to be involved in an IT project in some capacity, but does not have an IT background. For both: they are smart/intelligent/adaptable; however, they have little to no clue what IT Projects entail (e.g. typical goals of IT Projects, typical roles, etc.)
Book cover type
Large scale, Corporate IT Projects are interesting and unique in that a group of real people are all working together to bring an intangible product (i.e. a software program/platform) to people to use. I want the cover to illustrate this. Cover image Mandatory: photo realistic people (no cartoons or stick figures) Mandatory: a sketch or diagram illustrating the architecture of a software product I want the group of people either sitting or standing around the diagram. Orientation of the viewer can change – either looking down from above, or as a member sitting at the table, or as an observer from behind the group at the table. Ideally would be an image close to what one might actually see in the workplace. Ideal – showing the reader where they fit in (e.g. an empty chair with a “you are here” bubble Please see Design Brief I've put together that has my thoughts on what I think I'm looking for. Please use this merely as a guide. I am WIDE OPEN to being surprised. What is key is that the reader/owner of the book NOT be embarrassed to leave this out on their desk at work (like they might with a "Dummies" book. Cover should be professional and eye catching, and reflect real-world imagery as much as possible (except for the abstract IT system diagram in the middle of the team.)
What to avoid
No excessively smiling people in general. I deplore stock photos featuring unnaturally happy people smiling and looking at the camera. And for God’s sake, please no high fiving or fist pumping.
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.
steveaUh 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.
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And then… they selected a winner!
Arnel was incredible to work with. He was patient with my edit requests and responded in a timely fashion. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with Arnel and trust that you'll enjoy your experience, as well.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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