wilheminasamson got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Poetry Meets Coffee Table Book Design
Check out wilheminasamson's Book cover contest…
Butterflies Don't Sting
The book is a collection of short poems. The poems are about love, and heartbreak and written from a teenagey/early 20s female perspective and voice. I chose the title Butterflies Don't sting as kind of a play on the butterfly feelings of having a crush or loving someone, and then the stinging painful feeling that comes with the heartbreak. The butterfly in this case can either be looked at as the protagonist of the story (the girl writing the poem) who after experiencing a heartbreak thinks its the end of the world, but then grows a pair of wings and learns to fly again. But the butterfly can also be the boy who bring that tingling feeling in the protagonist stomach, but then breaks her heart (the sting), making her think was he ever a butterfly in the first place when butterflies don't sting?
13 - 27 years old, females, US, UK, South america. Think Ariana Grande , Kylie Jenner or Selena Gomez's main fan demogrophics.
Book cover type
This is a poetry book but I want it designed like a coffee table/fashion book. To put it another way, I want the final design to be the Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) of the current poetry book designs out there. Or think poetry book meets coffee table design with Ariana Grande/Elle Woods vibes and aesthetic. I basically want it to stand out from the crowd of poetry books' covers out there right now (which mostly seem to involve some sort of doodle or art of objects). The book is composed of intimate short poems, that can be read in the bedroom (as its on the nightstand) or from the comfort of the living room couch. the simple yet unique and luxurious design allows it to be left on the coffee table for guests liesurely reads. I wanted the book to have a separate cover packaging from the book cover itself. Please note: This contest is only for the book cover itself. Not the package cover . I've included some sample pictures of this, and this video may help portray what I'm thinking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQJrcSyhv0Q&t=70s. The 4 words I would use to describe the essence and aesthetic of what the design should be are: simple, Luxurious, extra AF, and girly. I really wanted the book to have its own strong branding and to do that I figured it needed 2 main things: a symbol, and a color. The symbol is the butterfly and the color is something I am open to suggestions on (however I am thinking of the pink, purple or orange family). The other neutral overall colors to play with are black, white, grey. The butterfly is not a new symbol and has been used a lot of times in art so I was looking for a new take on it (it can be color, angle design etc), something unique that people can associate with this book alone (like the lemon on the beyonce how to make lemonade album book). Something simple, like the apple logo, but that is recognizable. I've also created a pinterest mood board to further help in getting across the vibe and feel of what I'm looking for in the design. Here is the link: https://pin.it/2hUwUEx
What to avoid
avoid designs that are overly busy.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
wilheminasamson collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
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