JayArnold has picked a winning print design

For $450 they received 29 design concepts from 8 designers!

  • Award 1
    Candi-2B by gpgraphixdesigns

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Starts:5-Dec-12 9:45 p.m. GMT

Ends:17-Dec-12 11:59 p.m. GMT


Award 1: $450, was awarded to gpgraph...


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Creative brief

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Author's Name

Jay Michael Arnold


A burned-out philosophy professor named Mike Curd flees Yale University to take a road trip and write "The Great American Novel". In Houston, Texas he picks up a foul-mouthed prostitute named Candi. When Candi tells Mike she knows where to find buried treasure he invites her along, but they both end up getting more than they bargained for...

Size Info

Trim size: 5" x 8",
Page count: 250,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: White,
Spine width: 0.563"

Who are your readers?

Young, smart, irreverent, alternative, male and female, academics, grad students,

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?

Here's the picture for the cover that I have in mind:
Imagine you're sitting in the driver's seat of a car and you look over into the passenger's seat. A young, curvacious woman (think Anna Nicole Smith) is sitting in the passenger's seat of a car, wearing REALLY short blue jean cut-offs (with those little white threads), a threadbare white t-shirt (midriff) that's ripped in the front revealing excessive cleavage (she's got DD breasts), maybe even show some nipple through the threadbare t-shirt. The t-shirt has a picture of a cowboy with a bushy beard, sunglasses and cowboy hat (it's actually supposed to be Hank Williams Jr.) Her bare feet are propped up, maybe on the dashboard. She has dark hair, but PLEASE cut the picture off near her chin, it's important that you cant see her face. Make it really sexy! She's a prostitute, so she can be trashy. She needs to seem country/Southern. She is holding a green Blowpop lollipop in one hand, and a cradling a copy of MOBY DICK in the other hand. Maybe a faint road map design in the background of the cover, because the book's about a road trip.

What colors do you want to see in your design?

Bright colors, sexy colors

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

no opinion

Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)

no opinion

What content must be included in your design?

It needs to be sexy, fun, risque, provocative, etc.

NOTE: Please leave space for a 2" by 1.2" white box in the lower right-hand corner of the book's back cover for the ISBN barcode. Images or text in the barcode location will be covered when the book is printed. Make sure you don't have any important elements where the barcode will be placed. Visit CreateSpace for more tips on book cover sizing and requirements.

Brief updates

By JayArnold on 6-Dec-12 12:50 a.m. GMT
On the cover to say this (lower case letters are deliberate):

or, the optimist

a picaresque novel by
Jay Michael Arnold
By JayArnold on 6-Dec-12 12:51 a.m. GMT
trim size is 6x9
By JayArnold on 15-Dec-12 5:46 p.m. GMT
I would like to thank everyone for their interest in my project and their efforts so far. I am going out of town for the weekend and will be back on Monday. I will still be checking the gallery for progress over the weekend, and giving feedback.
I simply would like to have the weekend to make my final decision.
Thank you all again!