knotanumber got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Sci-fi meets psych-thriller book cover
Check out knotanumber's Book cover contest…
NaN, or "not a number," is a database error caused by invalid input into a mathematical calculation, such as when you try to compute numeric pi with apple strudel. So what is knotanumber? Knotanumber is what you get when you start with a pimply, asthma-ridden, Bible belt-on, Atari-binging, Asimov-reading, never-been-kissed nerd and, through the application of epigenetic lifestyle factors and Pokemon pellets, transform him into a gently aged, distance-running, veggie-eating, anti-evangelical, badass middle manager-who is still a nerd.
When Matt Harmon’s brain pattern is rebodified seventy-one years in the future, he discovers an inner stirring at odds with the outer desolation of the landscape. To pay off his debt to society, he must help a sentient power company ward off a conspiracy from human hackers—but the hackers want to recruit him to their side.
18+ male and female readers interested in sci-fi, tech, science, and psychology
The main sci-fi concepts are: human rebodiment with mind augmentation, high-tech, self-sufficient cities (arcologies), and sentient AI with human-like avatars. The book is a mix of dystopian/utopian elements with ecological disaster and bio-engineered "solar forests" that provide power to enclosed, gem-like cities. Depression/dysfunction is a major theme, but there is also ingenuity and wonder. The story is really about how the main character comes to terms with the failures of his prior life and the demons he carries with him into a future which is both wondrous and terrifying. The example cover was done by a rank amateur (the author). The first part of the book can be found here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/208602843-negative-energy (chapter 2: The Solar Forest provides a lot of world-building imagery)
What to avoid
No VR gear/headsets. The sci-fi in this book is beyond VR to neural implants and shape-shifting materials. Also avoid being too literal with technology tropes like Matrix-like lines of code, etc...
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.
knotanumber collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected 2 winners!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
We think contests are a super fun way to get design.
Recently completed contests:
Women ages 40-65
People who are wanting to improve their relationships; people who like personal growth and self-improvement.
People who work in a finance team of a big corporation.
The kind of people that would read Dan Brown, Steve Berry and Ernest Dempsey. It is a mystery adventure, crime novel, an