knotanumber got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Sci-fi thriller - quirky Area 51 alien spiderbot
Check out knotanumber's Book cover contest…
West of Nothing
NaN, or "not a number," is a database error caused by invalid input into a mathematical calculation, such as when you try to compute numeric pi with apple strudel. So what is knotanumber? Knotanumber is what you get when you start with a pimply, asthma-ridden, Bible belt-on, Atari-binging, Asimov-reading, never-been-kissed nerd and, through the application of epigenetic lifestyle factors and Pokemon pellets, transform him into a gently aged, distance-running, veggie-eating, anti-evangelical, badass middle manager-who is still a nerd.
When a sorority prank with a microbot lands him in hot water, university student Mason Donnelly is recruited to work on a secret project at a remote research facility. As the newest member of a team of brilliant misfits, he must help reverse engineer a new class of micro-robot with capabilities beyond anything they thought was possible. But the robot may have an agenda of its own...
male and female readers 16+ years of age
themes: sci-fi, thriller, offbeat characters, Area 51-like research facility, alien spiderbot The main character, Mason Donnelly, is a socially awkward college student who is a maker/roboticist. He joins a team other scientist/programmer misfits as they try to reverse engineer an advanced spiderbot that turns out to be an alien probe. Here is a passage that describes the alien spiderbot: Mason stared wide-eyed at the still-frame image. The microbot was deceptively simple, even a bit crude at first glance, part granddaddy long legs and part scale-model reaper machine from War of the Worlds. Eight spindly legs projected in a ring from a spherical body. A narrow band ran around its circumference along which moved a single, red eye. The top was covered by a gray dome, featureless except for a starburst pattern that resembled a blast scar. The dome was slightly wider than the body, extending in a short rim. The legs were peculiar, not like insect legs or tentacles but something in-between. Each leg was made of around forty, vertebrae-like segments that terminated in a two-toed boot with a fringe of micro-fibers. In a freeze frame view, it looked a bit ridiculous. But once it began to move, it was like nothing Mason had ever seen—and when it came to microbots, he thought he'd seen just about everything.
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.
knotanumber 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 3 winners!
The designer's willingness to try out ideas and the attention to detail was what sold me on the design. Sander was able to take a written description and render that in visual form.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
We think contests are a super fun way to get design.
Recently completed contests:
Music educators; music instructors; teachers; musicians
People researching trauma healing, MAPS, psychedelics. I wrote this book because there wasn't anything I could find tha
Adults who love horror and vampires, who read a lot of Stephen King.
Parents - probably more women than men. Homeschooler Teachers (although they may not like the title!)