register8 got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design a book cover for a book about creating writing, drawing, and storytelling games!
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Social Nonsense: Creative Diversions for Two or More Players - Anytime, Anywhere
By day, Doug Shaw is a mild-mannered professor of mathematics. But when someone lights the Doug-signal, he leaps into action; facilitating workshops about teaching, mathematics, improv, creativity, innovation, and all sorts of things; especially social nonsense, which he loves so much he wrote a book about it.
Megashort: Social Nonsense is a collection of fun writing, drawing, and storytelling games for groups of friends, or friends-to-be, that don’t take very long to play. Longer: Social Nonsense is a collection of fun activities you and your group can do after you’ve ordered at a restaurant and are waiting; when everyone is chilling in your living or dorm room; when you have thirty youth in a room and want to do an activity to make them laugh and learn; anytime you’re waiting on the next big thing! Collaborative art, writing, or storytelling can unlock surprising truths, and show people they are more creative than they know. These games are fun … even for people who would never say they're “creative,” who don’t think they can draw, write, or tell stories, and normally don’t do this sort of thing. Each activity is accompanied by instructions, examples, and commentary. Give it a try! Put away your screens and enjoy creating something memorable.
Four main groups here: 1) Middle aged lady whose last kid has finally stopped being a suicide machine. She bought “drawing on the left side of the brain” or she bought one of those “how to memoir” books, and used to attend the writer’s workshops at the nature center. She has book club and writing club and drawing club, and drinks too much coffee. 2) Hipster, the kind of hipster that my friends make fun of but I secretly am like. Owns a moleskine notebook and a fountain pen, and goes off and scribbles in it. Or has a pilot rollerball ultra-ultra-fine and draws swirly art and buys all the “Zentangle” books. Drinks PBR at the his local bar on Thursday nights. 3) 20 - 30 something who goes out with friends, and notices that everyone is always on their phones, and she doesn’t really like that, but also is on her phone all the time and wishes there was an alternative but doesn’t know what to do. 4) Director of Boys and Girls clubs, or Youth Programs, looking for things to do with their charges after school
Book cover type
This is a book about creativity - short writing, drawing, storytelling games. So I'd like something eye-catching that conveys that. I had a "mock up" design that all my friends agreed was unprofessional and terrible! So I'm going to rely on the designer's imagination. One of the games in the book is "Exquisite Corpse" where people draw heads, bodies, and feet of creatures. I'm including a couple of samples from the book. Maybe they can be incorporated, or the cover artist can draw his/her own. I also have the rights to the works of an artist I like, it would be nice if her stuff could be incorporated, but I'd understand if it could not. The book will be 5 x 8. While I will be selling physical books, I anticipate most of my sales will come from amazon.com, so the design should grab peoples' attention at thumbnail size, if possible, as well.
What to avoid
There's this trend of stock photo - words on top - that seems boring to me. I don't mind stock images, but I don't like things that look like someone just chose a stock image and put text on it. Because this is a book about creativity. So I'm not super fond of stock images, but I won't forbid them.
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.
register8 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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