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Join author Nigel French in Designing a Book Cover as he walks through several approaches to creating professional, engaging book covers using Adobe Creative Suite applications. This course covers document setup, composition and layout, illustration, typography essentials, and printing. Exercise files accompany the course.
Let's recap where we are in this title. In the past few chapters we have been designing a hypothetical series of book covers for George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and part of the design brief is it that they work together as a set. What we have on the screen is all of the covers or most of the covers that you've seen me designed over the course of the last few chapters. Our next task is to take these further to the next step, tie them together as a set, and refine them as necessary.
Because I feel they work best together as a set, I've chosen the abstract designs or versions of them and made a few tweaks to them. But I'm using consistently, flat color and primary colors and bold, simple shapes. I did decide to make one small deviation away from this rather austere approach, a minimalist approach to the design, and that is on the cover for Nineteen Eighty-Four I have used some transparency where the black rectangles overlap.
For Animal Farm, rather than just a simple line crossing out these two rectangles, I've used a brushstroke, this is just an Illustrator brushstroke which I copied and pasted into InDesign. And for Homage to Catalonia, what makes it work is the angling of these shapes at an almost 45 degree angle. In terms of the typography, I'm using one size. The font that I'm using is Gotham Bold and I'm choosing this because it looks in someway nostalgic, but at the same time, it's contemporary.
In font terms, a relatively new font, and I'm just differentiating between title and author with the casing. One size, author name in all caps, title in upper and lowercase, and separating the two a 1 point paragraph rule above the title. Now if you're following along and you want to do your own version and you don't have Gotham, then you could use something in a similar veiw, like Helvetica or Myriad Pro, both of which are sans serif fonts that if you use them in their bold or semibold weights would give a similar feel.
So now that we have nailed down the versions that we're going to go with, and perhaps you may have choosed other versions and feel free to evolve those under your own instinct, but now that we have done that, let's move on to designing the spine and the back cover.
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