Category Archives: Good Design

A Short Break From Losing My Mind

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I’m on the home stretch to finishing Sex and the Single Devil. Yay! (Well, the first final version, anyway…) (searches for brain) (cannot find)

But sometimes, I just have to take a Photoshop break. 🙂 Here’s the latest cover. This is the classy, subtle one. The next one will have naked male torsos, of course. 😉

No cookies from the book today– but more soon!

The Horrible, Very Bad, Not Good At All Cover: Text Problems

So we’re talking about what makes a bad book cover bad to the bone. Just to recap from the last post, this is an extremely bad cover for a book:
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So what’s wrong with this picture?

Maybe it would be better to ask what’s RIGHT with this picture, but the story begins here.

First of all, it is not exactly 6×9, which is a very popular size. But we’re not going to count that because it was quickly put together for an example. So every day, we’ll cover a different category of.. well, of this cover. 🙂

TODAY– TEXTUAL TERRORS

This cover has a good sampling of some of the most common offenders. To wit…

1.) Spelling mistakes in the title. If you ever actually see “thirlling, “teh,” and “nucular” on a cover, the appropriate response is OMG WTF I DON’T EVEN. The point is, that’s pretty bad. Spellcheck doesn’t catch everything, but it’s a good start.

2.) The existence of the Comic Sans font. Nobody should ever use Comic Sans ever again FOR ANY PURPOSE unless they’re trying to be funny. This is not that time.

3.) Different fonts are used. It’s tricky to mix fonts, although we obviously do see it done. But we have to choose compatible fonts. Comic Sans, Jokerman, and Mesquite Std are bizarre enough in themselves. But looking at them all crammed together on a page is kind of like being bounced down the stairs by a bunch of people wearing clashing plaids and playing big cymbals. Not good.

4.) Design and spacing problems. We’ll get more into those later.

5.) A hideous pink (#e20b6b) is used for the type. Not a good thing at all. We’ll also be talking more about color later on.

Coming up next: Color and photo problems!

You Know More About Design Than You Think: Part One

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You know more about good design that you think you do.

How can that be true, you ask? You think that Ansel Adams sounds like a stripper name, Da Vinci… isn’t that the name of that pasta? (Note to self: Make lasagna tonight), and Roy Lichtenstein is that one country where they make Johnsonville brats (Note to self: Those would be good in the lasagna.)

It’s true because of the picture above.
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