RichardALester has picked a winning print design

For $500 they received 157 design concepts from 36 designers!

  • Award 1
    back cover by damian_thegravy

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Dates

Starts:24-Apr-13 12:17 a.m. GMT

Ends:8-May-13 11:59 p.m. GMT

Awards

Award 1: $500, was awarded to damian_...

Tips

Tip 1: $75, was tipped to ortwrx

Formats

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Creative brief

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Business Name

Richard A Lester: Author

What do you do?

Author looking for a book cover

How many pages of print design do you need?

2 (Front and Back Cover)

List the size requirement(s) for your print design

Image must be able to be printed as 5.5x8.5 book cover, and also used for ebook thumbnail.

What is your industry?

Publishing and Media

Describe the target audience for your print design

Here is a synopsis of the book. The cover should reflect these types of themes:

Failing grocery store manager Larry Prescott just wants a quickie. With a frigid wife waiting at home, Larry decides to have some extramarital fun with an employee named Maxine Watkins. Though he has no way of knowing it, Larry is sowing the seeds for a crime spree that will be dubbed “The MegaSaver Massacre. “

The Check Out is a satirical thriller that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore. It is the story of a $10,000 giveaway, and the employees who independently decide to heist the money on the same night. An ensemble piece, each chapter focuses on the motivations and actions of a different main character. Larry Prescott is an arrogant drunk whose affair quickly spirals towards danger. Maxine Watkins is a scheming liar, determined to claw her way out of indigence. Terrence Claybrook, the assistant manager, is an escaped convict trying to keep his past from catching up to him. Roland Tillman, a blood thirsty fugitive, reunites with his former cellmate during the MegaSaver robbery. Brad, an addiction ridden stocker, tries to turn his life around while picking up the pieces of a broken marriage. They each see the prize money as their only lifeline, and are determined to do everything necessary to grab it.

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your print design?

I would like the audience to understand the book's satirical/thriller/humorous tone.
I would like it to immediately grab them, and get them interested in reading it.
I would like them to be intrigued by the artwork.

What print design styles do you like?

I want something bold and minimal. Here are examples of book covers that I believe accomplish this:

http://bookcoverarchive.com/book/the_revolution...
http://bookcoverarchive.com/book/winchell
http://bookcoverarchive.com/book/get_used_to_th...

I also like retro styles, like the following: (These are movie posters, but accomplish the same thing.)

http://pinterest.com/pin/212654413625848066/
http://pinterest.com/pin/212654413625079465/
http://pinterest.com/pin/212654413624999479/

What colors do you want to see in your print design?

I like the reds, both bright and darker. If possible, I would like the same type of red as the background of my web page, however, I am open to all other designs, as well.

http://www.richardalester.com

What colors do you NOT want to see in your print design?

I open to all colors and designs.

What adjectives should best describe your print design?

Bold, Minimal, Retro

How will you use the print design?

I will be going through an independent publisher. It will be matte printed on 12pt paper.

What content must be included in the print design?

The Check Out
A Novel by Richard A Lester

(letters can or can not be capitalized, either is fine.)

Brief updates

25-Apr-13 1:52 p.m. GMT
The tone of the book is a mix between film noir and 70's exploitation. The actual plot is very noir (lowlifes looking to steal the money) and the style is very exploitation. There's sex, drugs, and revenge! Hope that helps to inspire.
1-May-13 2:27 p.m. GMT
I'm extending the deadline because a couple of designers are working on changes that I've asked for. Also, I'm collecting email addresses for invites to the presentation.