If you're a talented illustrator who's willing to volunteer a few hours in return for a possible publication credit, read on.
My book Human Transit, which I hope will come out by November, needs some ideas for a cover. The publisher has developed one that has promise but would like to see some alternatives.
The visual message of the cover must be:
- Hey! Eye catching.
- Cool! Minimalist, not emotional, not "hot"
- Transit can be simple. The image must not convey a sense of complexity or confusion. That's why I'm thinking "minimalist."
- Transit is about humans, their needs and desires, their joy and success, their jobs and families and recreation.
- Transit is not about technology choice. That's why I tend to prefer images that are based on transit map imagery rather than images of transit vehicles.
The cover text is:
How clear thinking
about public transit
can enrich our communities
and our lives
(I like this "four-line poem" layout, but it can be in any configuration.)
All this text must be clearly legible on the cover, though the subtitle should be smaller than the rest.
The cover dimensions are 6×9 inches.
If you provide the image that becomes the basis for the selected cover, you'll be credited on the title page. Please note, however, that I'm not running a contest, just welcoming ideas from anyone who wants to share them. The final decision about the cover will be made by the publisher.
Please pass this on to graphic artists, or aspiring talented ones, that you know! I would need to see your ideas by July 20 to keep the project moving.