Book cover design is as much about what you leave out as what you include in your design. Abstract communication is essential is not trying to tell too much while creating an eye catching simplified design. The Book choice is open to you however, Yes, you obviously need to have read it.
Remember: All Epic Design Quests require thorough documentation of your entire design process on a new Behance page. Be sure you are very familiar with the creative process before beginning any Epic Quest.
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Continue on now if you are ready to begin this your Design Process.
Read the entire quest before beginning to ensure you understand all requirements. Remember working through the process is how you earn mastery.
Your Epic Quest...
is to design a book cover jacket for the hard copy edition of a selected book of your choice (approval by The Captain required). The final design must include the front cover, back cover, and spine with the option of adding the two interior flaps.
A book cover design requires the creation of an appealing graphic— a mini poster so-to-speak—that encourages the consumer to pick up the book and look through it. The cover graphic can set a mood or hint at what the reader might experience inside its covers. After reading the book, manuscript, or summary provided by the editorial staff, the designer interprets and translates the work into visual ideas. These visual ideas are meant to hint at aspects of the book NOT to portray scenes, characters, or movie poster style advertisements.
You will use abstract communication in developing your design. Watch the following video to further understand what the captain means by Abstract Communication.
PLEASE WATCH: Abstract Communication is Key
- To create a conceptual idea based on your original imagery.
- To design with consideration and respect of copyright law as it applies to commercial work.
- To integrate type and imagery into a cohesive narrative inspired by the content of the book.
- To support the clarity of the message, by applying visual hierarchy principles to both imagery and typography.
- To develop compositional skills in page layout design which include typography, grid and image.
- To improve technical knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator features used in development of typography, imagery, and graphics.
--AGAIN!!! PLEASE Read entire quest before beginning--
COMPLETE: When you have published your project page and submitted your final design to the Captain you may Claim Completion
Great Work Design Agent.
I know you want the loot that goes with mastery. Do you have everything required to complete stage 3?
MASTERY: You have your artwork printed and mounted AND your project page contains thorough research, scanned pages of your sketchbook, clarifying notes and thorough reflections of your process. You may claim mastery. Beware if the Captain does not see a correct and through project page your mastery will be revoked and penalties may incur.
Your loot was well earned and I truly hope you are proud of what you have created. The Captain most definitely is!