meeelah got their new book cover by running a design contest:
15-year-old war prisoner's diary written on scraps of paper
Check out meeelah's Book cover contest…
Prisoner in the Mud. A Young German’s Diary from 1945
When he was only 15 years old, Herwarth Metzel was taken prisoner and kept for months in an American-controlled prisoner camp for German soldiers (Rheinwiesenlager) in Germany (after World War II ended). The conditions were terrible - no infrastructure (sleeping on the open ground, no roof, even in cold and rain), minimal food portions, very bad hygiene and serious health issues, and zero information about what's going to happen and if (and when) they are going to go home and ever see their parents again. Herwarth kept a diary during that time - writing on scraps of paper, toilet paper and old calendar pages. This book is therefore a direct account of the time spent in the camp and what it was like to go through such an ordeal at such a young age.
People fascinated with World War II.
I'd like the cover to be 'emotional' and convey the content of the book. I imagine showing as a background: a huge and muddy open field full of prisoners in 'resigned' positions (could be silhouettes only) like in this moodboard: http://www.gomoodboard.com/boards/mp7YzJZq/share As the foreground I imagine the author (15-year-old, dirty, in rugged clothes), in a position indicating that it's cold (e.g. sitting under a blanket like image 7 of the moodboard - hovering over an image shows its number) and writing on a scrap of paper (images 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the moodboard show exactly these scraps of paper with the author's writing on them). I'm also open for something less detailed (e.g. showing barbed wire fence instead of the detailed background) and less literal, but I believe showing the young author would be necessary (even if it's just silhouette) in this pose indicating cold, misery and that it's clear that he's writing something. If you have an idea to make the cover much more simple (I like simplicity), but which would still be emotional and somehow focus on these scraps of paper, it would be great.
What to avoid
Fancy fonts. The fonts should be simple and serious. Also, the typography shouldn't be positioned too close to the edges of the cover.
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.
meeelah collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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