6/06/2012

The Cover

While the first draft is being edited, I've started on the illustrations and drawings for The Hitchhiker's Guide to: Earth. I've decided to work from the outside in, so naturally, the cover came first. In light of Craig Mod's very poignant op-ed (it's a great read if you have the time), I've gone for a simplistic design.

In the world of e-books, there really are no covers. The most that you get is an icon, a few pixels by a few pixels, and once you hit that, you're at page one. You skip right past the cover. Nearly all e-readers are guilty of this. Even in the medium of print, the most memorable part of a cover is the picture on it.

Above are two concepts for The Hitchhiker's Guide to: Earth's cover that I've come up with. The one on the left uses only five colors and is a bit more simplistic; the one on the right uses six colors and is a bit more descriptive. Which do you prefer?

Left, Right, or back to the drawing board? Let me know in a comment below.
Also, if you haven't taken the two minutes to back the project, there's no better time! Check out The Hitchhiker's Guide to: Earth on KICKSTARTER!


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2 comments:

  1. I like the road. Maybe a mountain behind it. Perhaps a stream running down the mountain. Maybe a college student from Clemson floating down the river with his backpack and and orage Koozie. Too many colors?

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    1. Haha, they don't charge by the color, but if all of that was an icon on your iPhone it would look like a smudge. I think that the right definitely won out over the left, though.

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