|The clean, Spartan look|
Love the artwork. But a question did come to mind. About the title and all the attending verbiage which goes into a book cover. Essentially, the question is this. Do we go for a simple clean, Spartan look . . . or do we use a splash of color or two and try to add a little more pizzazz to the whole presentation?
My gut feeling tells me color in the title and in the name of the author is absolutely essential. Presentation of the title . . . its placement and typeset are essential in making a good cover.
The same can be said about placing, typeset, and color of the typeset for the author's name. The human eye is a quirky creature. It roams across a cover in a kind of random . . . yet predictable . . . way. A potential buyer of the book looks at the artwork, looks at the title, and then at the author's name. But in what order? And which of these three views are the most important? Yes, there have been tons of research probably done on this very issue, and to be frank, I must confess I've been a bit neglectful in finding said research and reviewing the findings.
So I'm going on my gut feelings . . . on what I look for when I go shopping for something to read. And what I look for is something that is both visually, and viscerally, eye-grabbing the moment I lay my eyes on it. For me, the eye feeds the soul of my imagination. Let me feast upon something that inflames my imagination . . . and the chances are it's a sure-fire sale. I'm buying it and rushing home to dive into it as fast as I can.
|The pizzazz look.|
So. What to do? Go Spartan in design? Or go with a little more pizzazz?
What do you think?