Book Covers with Photographs
all designs by Daniel Will-Harris
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While this cover may not seem photographic, it really is.
Only the photo wasn’t taken with a camera, but with a scanner. I had the book author place his face directly on the scanner. I then autotraced his face to turn it into a kind of topographic map. I had the author watercolor wash the colors on, then scanned the results and created this layout. To read more about the process, click here.
One thing you learn as a professional designer is that just because you know it's good, and everyone you show
it to thinks it's good doesn't mean that the client will like it. In this case, the editor couldn't stand the subtitle being above the title (grow up), and the author wanted a CD instead of a diskette. The whole composition had to change to move the title, and while it was OK, it didn't have the same impact. The CD filled with fire looked like a "flaming bagel" (which is what the production manager
and I called it). Let's just say that the great thing about having your own web site is that you can then show people what something should have looked like. I'm very pleased with it this way. Typeface: Celestia from FontHaus.
Clive Barker can be seen here looking as scary as the stuff he writes. The little lasso scene at the bottom was taken from two images in the book--I added the lasso because I thought it was funny. Clive didn't have much of a sense of humor, so the finished cover doesn't look at all like this. Typeface: Rodrigo Xaviers Cavasos' (great name, huh?) Phalanx Bold from FontHaus. Go to top...
Who said programmers were geeks? Pictured
is the author in front of his collection of very rare type samples I printed and taped onto the retaining wall next to my garage. Talk about a sophisticated setup--but, as my friend Bill Blass always says, "it just feels right." The photo used a 30 lpi line screen at a 12 degree angle, as did the background which is actually day-glo yellow. Typefaces: Zurich (Univers) Extended and Extra Condensed from Bitstream. Go to top...
Here David Sharp's mouth is isolated and presented using a 30 lpi line screen. (It looks
better on paper than it does on screen.) Typefaces: All Zurich (Univers) Extended Black, Extended, and Extra Condensed. Go to top...