Send your blog link with your book cover design to a partner. Use your partners design to discuss the strategy including the concept and goal of the design. Who is it targeting? What message is it sending? What was their influence beyond the book plot?
Link their blog to yours in your answer as a new blog post.
Nicole decided to recreate the cover of the book Go Ask Alice. According to Nicole, she felt that even though the original cover was appropriately dark and murky like the sadness in the tale, (Alice is a teenager who is coming of age and battling depression and drug abuse simultaneously), the cover made it seem like it was going to be a sort of horror story. Since the story is written in the form of a diary, with Alice’s thoughts and experiences, she made the decision to recreate the book cover so it would look like a composition journal. Beyond this book plot, the message that this new cover sends is that the readers are about to, very intimately read into Alice’s life through the words she has written in her journal. Looking at the new cover, a reader would get the feeling that they are picking up and reading someone’s diary. In addition, some psychedelic images were added to the journal/cover to kind of open up that idea that Alice really did get into drugs throughout this story and it was a big part of her life at the time. This new cover could possibly even appeal more to the teenage to young-adult demographic than the original cover did, because it seems to be more like a relatable and attractive cover for that age group than the simpler, dark cover.
Despite the fact that I was considering recreating the covers of either The Giving Tree, or The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I changed my mind and decided to recreate the cover of The Lovely Bones, being inspired by a friend. The original cover was shades of blue and white, with the main character, Susie Salmon’s charm bracelet on the front, a picture of the author on the back, and much description on the back.
I re-created the cover almost entirely. I chose the background color to be Salmon, appropriately after Susie’s last name. On the front, there is a lot of symbolism. There is a polaroid, and this is important because Susie had aspired to be a wildlife photographer when she grew up, and her polaroid camera that she got for her birthday was her most prized posession. The photo itself is of a hat in a cornfield. The hat would be her hat that her mom knitted her, but which she despised wearing, and the cornfield would become the most haunting place for her and all of her family. Paired with the photo is a quote Susie had stated, explaining one of the main reasons that she loved photography, a quote that would become an ironic one to her fate. I tried to keep the fonts all over the cover relatively simple. The font for the title and author’s name (as well as illustrator’s name) is similar to the font that was on the original cover, and the font that is on the polaroid as well as the quote is supposed to look handwritten, specifically by Susie Salmon. The font on the back is simple and shows little emotion; I didn’t want the font to look too happy or too revealing. The description on the back is the one the author used for her story. Lastly, the charm on the back is another of Susie’s prized possessions, and it was on her bracelet that she always wore.
Submit a blog post explaining what book you have chosen to re-create the cover for. Why did you choose it? What is your plan when reworking the design?
I am considering reworking the cover of The Giving Tree. It is one of my favorite childrens’ books, I read it in school when I was at the elementary level, but my parents also got this for me when I was real little. At the time I didn’t realize the significance of the book, but I did enjoy it as well as many other of Shel Silverstein’s poems and works as a kid. Now, I realize the meaning behind the story, how the tree was a sort of mother figure to the boy, and gave everything she had to raise him. I might do some sort of work with the boy growing up and essentially becoming the tree, because I see it as the tree gave everything she had to raise her boy. The cover itself kind of gives a foreshadowing to that already.
Some may argue that the book is about a spoiled child who only returns when he wants something, but I think if the boy was different, the tree would still give all of herself to make the boy happy. Essentially, that is what a mother, a parent, a guardian will do for their children.
Another option I was considering was the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I read it in high school, and continued to read the rest of the series later on. The cover doesn’t really do the story justice, in my opinion. It is pretty plain, and it is about four different stories and one big one put together amongst four girl best friends. Maybe I would do something still simple, like including a map with pins in places and parts of the girls’ lives where the pants “travelled,” or maybe I would include the girls in the cover, as they are all unique physically and on the inside, and it would give a little bit more as to what the story might be about.
Here is a book cover I created after playing with photoshop a bit.
My second attempt at creating a GIF was a bigger success than previously. Yay!
So I started playing with the concepts of creating a book cover in photoshop.
So i tried to make a Gif and it failed…spongebob’s face shows my emotions about this.