Book Cover Choosing Time

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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.

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Reading 5: Chapter 10

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Post photos that are:
symmetrical
asymmetrical
shows contrast
shows influence through lighting
vertical
horizontal
long shot, and the same images as a close-up 

Symmetrical

This photo of trees in a row on the Regis College campus shows symmetry with relatively similar negative space between the trees, and similar height all going in the same direction.

Asymmetrical

This photo taken on the Regis College campus shows a little asymmetry, with the road being off-center, a large, leafy tree on one side and a thin, tall lamp on the other side.

Contrast

This photo of trees on the Regis College campus shows a large contrast between one tree with hot colors: reds, orange, yellows, in between two trees holding on to the last days of summer with greens.Contrast 2

This photo shows contrast within one subject, with a pot of flowers with bright pink petals, and vivid yellow centers.

Contrast 3

This photo, of Regis student, Allyson Echevaria, has a bit of contrast with vivid colors in the foreground (her costume and jacket), as well as the colors of the comics in the background.

  Lighting 2 (1) Lighting 2 (2)

These two photos show different lighting views at the same time of day on the same day, with different camera settings.  One that darkens the Norman tower and makes the sky more vivid, and one that highlights the tower and blends the sky.

Lighting 3 Lighting 4 Lighting 5 (1) Lighting 5 (2)

More photos of various lighting effects and how light can be manipulated, or bounced with shadows, etc.

  HorizontalVertical

These two photos show the same road and trees on the Regis College campus, but one with a vertical viewpoint and one with a horizontal view.

Long Shot, Close Up (1)  Long Shot, Close Up (2)

Close-up and far away in a woodsy part of Regis College.
Long Shot, Close Up (4)Long Shot, Close Up (3)Far away, and close-up with details of Angel statue on Regis College campus.

Sharing 2: Books and Personal Aesthetic

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Because of the way books are usually displayed in a library and even a bookstore, many times the covers are not fully shown.  Most times, books are put on a shelf so only part of the binding is shown.  If you were to shop online for a book, the front cover is what you are shown upfront, however.

At a library or bookstore, I am typically drawn to popping, neon or warm colors and contrasting patterns as well as a significant size that stands out.  Online, however, just by looking, I will be more drawn to the covers in a more complex way, observing the designs and typography and order in addition to the colors.  The more interesting the art and fonts of the covers are would persuade me to more likely approach and pick up the books.  The cover, however, matters very little as to whether I would buy the book, I would only be concerned of the story or the content between the covers.

Below are some examples of visually interesting covers that are out today in bookstores like Barnes & Noble that stand out to me based on either color, typography, contrasting, symbolism, art, or a combination of those factors.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the TalibanThe Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital RevolutionBurn (Michael Bennett Series #7)The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People HelpYes Please (Signed Book)The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1TwilightRuined: An Ethan Frost Novel13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi