sam.nelson31V got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Cover design for an upbeat book about the home buying process
Check out sam.nelson31V's Book cover contest…
Zero to Homeowner in 8 Simple Steps: A First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide to Skip the Stress, Avoid Costly Mistakes, and Save Thousands
Sam Greene is a home buying enthusiast with a master’s degree in finance. She spent her career teaching hundreds of people how to purchase their first homes, and how to stay in them comfortably. She knows all the tips and tricks to avoid common pitfalls and save literally tens of thousands of dollars in the process. She is, perhaps, a bit too obsessed with homes.
Zero to Homeowner in 8 Simple Steps is a valuable resource for anyone hoping to buy a home. You may feel stressed out and overwhelmed, and who could blame you? Buying a home can seem scary without know-how or experience. My aim is to alleviate those feelings by demystifying the process start to finish, and provide you with valuable tips to avoid mistakes and save literally tens of thousands of dollars. Let’s do this!
The target audience is young Americans, aged approximately 21-26, often newlyweds. Typically the woman in the relationship will seek out this information. They’ve been renters until now, and are excited but intimidated by the process. They want a simple, concise guide to ensure they are getting the best deal possible and that nothing falls through the cracks.
The main factor I’m looking for is something that stands out from similar home buyer books and incorporates my title. (An example might be including some kind of speedometer, but I'd love more creativity around this.) A quick search on the kindle store shows a lot of orange and yellow tones, and too busy designs in my opinion—so please stay away from those. I've also seen a lot of stock pictures with keys, houses, carts, hearts, etc, that I'd like to steer clear from. I’d love something that is as minimal as possible while still conveying the necessary information. I’d love if the imagery could interact with the title in some way, but it’s not necessary. Most of all, I really want it to pop and stand out with clear, bold, pleasing, precise fonts and imagery. I’m not afraid of negative space! I would love if you took a look at the competition by searching for first time home buyers guides on the kindle store to create something that will stand out among those.
What to avoid
Just those designs that are common on the kindle store such as warm tones and busyness. If it’s been done a thousand times, that’s something to stay away from. I’d really like some original and unique. Also not a bad idea to stay away from swirly, cutesy or cursive fonts.
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.
sam.nelson31V collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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