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Business Info

Business Name

Modern Overland

What do you do?

Publisher of Next Generation Travel Guidebooks

How many pages of print design do you need?

Book Cover (Front, Back & Spine)

List the size requirement(s) for your print design

Front Cover: 8 x 5.5 inch, Spine: 8 x 1.5 inch, Back Cover: 8 x 5.5 inch

Target Audience

What is your industry?

We are a startup, not a large corporation. Our books appeal to a broad range of independent travelers from the budget conscious to the hi-end luxury minded. However we differential ourselves from the competition in that we are a modern/next generation guidebook series that offers direct and edgy content that focuses on local interaction and sustainable travel. We provide more city maps than other guidebooks and list GPS coordinates for all locations. And we give it to you any way you want it - paper book, downloadable and printable PDFs, on your Kindle, Blackberry or on custom location aware apps for iPad, iPhone and Andriod devices.

Describe the target audience for your print design

Our target audience is a tech savvy, adventurous independent traveler that is interested in accessing their travel guidebook content across a number of platforms; a paper book and their computer or mobile device.

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

Modern / Next Generation Guidebook
Adventurous Content incorporating User Friendly GPS / Technology
Socially & Environmentally Conscious Start Up Company

Style and Concept

What print design styles do you like?

Take a look at the sample Modern Overland cover design (attached) as well as leading competitor cover designs (attached as LP Cover and RG Cover) and a sample of an inside chapter, which can be viewed at:

The winning design will have a simple design dominated by a single striking/crisp cover photo related to South Africa that conveys a sense of adventure and evokes reader interest.

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

Green take a look at the sample cover design (attached as Modern Overland Sample Cover Design 1.pdf) as well as a sample inside chapter, which can be viewed at:

But feel free to take some creative liberties.

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


What adjectives should best describe your print design?

Modern, Next Generation, Adventurous, Sustainable, Tech, Start Up, Young

How will you use the print design?

Book Cover for South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland Modern Overland Travel Guidebook Series

What content must be included in the print design?

Front Cover:
1. Modern Overland Logo (attached)
2. Book Title: South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland
3. Cover Photo. Selecting an appropriate, fitting and visually pleasing cover photo is an integral part of this cover design project. Attached are a handful of possible cover photos to use, but the winning design will either have color enhanced versions of the supplied cover photos or more likely a vibrant new/different cover photo related to South Africa, Lesotho or Swaziland that that conveys a sense of adventure and evokes reader interest.
4. A banner or text near the bottom (for a rough concept, take a look at the attached LP Cover 1.jpg). The copy of which is included in the (attached Front Cover Bottom Banner.doc)

1. Modern Overland Logo (attached)
2. Book Title: South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland
3. Possibly a crop of the cover photo so that the book can be easily identified when on the shelf.

Back Cover:
1. Modern Overland Logo (attached), tag line underneath not your grandmas guidebook
2. A mix of activity based photos (attached as Activity Photos).
3. Descriptive Text in a styled format, possibly a moderate Cloud Tag Style format similar to the concept, but the exact look of the (Attached Cloud Tag), the four paragraphs of copy are:
a. Next generation guidebook makes independent travel more enjoyable with GPS coordinates for every listing, accurate satellite based maps and edgy content delivered anyway you like it: paper book, printable PDFs, on your Kindle, iPad, or with your custom location aware app for your iPhone, Adriod or other mobile device
b. Expert writers provide in-depth and candid information on the best things to do, places to stay, insider tips, hidden hot spots and honest reviews on the best restaurants, nightlife and entertainment
c. Adventure activities packed with excitement such as cage diving with Great White Sharks, ostrich riding, wildlife hikes, and information you wont find in other guidebooks such as detailed coverage of townships where you will likely have some of your best experiences
d. Travel with Impact. We seek out and identify enterprises throughout the country that are making a serious effort to be environmentally or socially responsible and we tag them with an [IMPACT] stamp throughout the book to make it easy for travelers to actively support these progressive establishments
4. Bottom section:
a. Text: 10% of all profits from the sale of this book are donated to educational initiatives within South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland
b. FSC Logo (attached) and ISBN/Bar Code (attached)



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