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April 19, 2009

The Hide Glue Book v.4

Filed under: Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Publications,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 3:54 pm

The Village Carpenter has tools that allow her to cut apart photographs and rearrange them.  I am impressed and here is what she came up with.





It actually has a white border that surrounds and frames the image.  I like this, what do you think?



  1. This is definitely the best one by far. Much more professional. Thumbs up!

    Comment by Ben — April 19, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

  2. The arrangement of the title, the glue pot and the brush also work to swing your eye down and to the right, towards the author’s name – and towards opening the book. That’s good.

    The colors shown here for the cover are quite muted and in my opinion will not compete well for a potential reader’s visual attention. In addition, it is possible that the tiny print to the right of the word “Book” on the cover are too small to read, even at normal reading distances. That’s not so good.

    Comment by P.M. Leenhouts — April 19, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  3. Love the pot, brush and wood. As P.M. pointed out, the fonts could stand out more. The current tonal quality is too much in line with the background. Contrast could go a long way in making the title visible from a distance. I’ld also recommend changing the small subtitle to a different font to make it stand out from the title. The faux hand writing font looks great for a title, but fades in the smaller subtitle. (thinking Stephen may get sick of the cover after the nth go around!)


    Comment by Gary Roberts — April 19, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

  4. I like the colors and visual arrangement. I still don’t know about the brush and the table. I thought the dried glue in the earlier version added some visual interest, but implied abandonment.

    I liked Gary’s comments on an earlier version about capturing a moment of time with the artwork.

    You have a lot of text on the cover. Perhaps you are going for a retro look. Anyway, you could short it to something like “Hide Glue – traditional applications for the modern craftsman”

    Comment by Luke Townsley — April 19, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  5. Stephen, will your book be sold on a bookshelf among other books, or are you planning to just sell it through your website? If you plan to sell it only on your website and it won’t be competing with other book covers then you’re okay with a subdued background. Otherwise, you’ll want to so a little research to see what your competition is doing. A simple cover can be very appealing if the books surrounding yours are loud and busy. In a bookstore, sometimes the covers that appear to be a solid color or monotone with a simple design stand out more than others.

    You can go larger with the subtitle, but if a person is interested in the heading, they will pick up your book and read the subtitle. It does not need to be as easily read from a distance.

    You also want there to be a hierarchy and contrast in size between the design elements–every piece can’t be screaming at you for attention. Right now, the glue pot is the dominant, attention-getting graphic, followed by the heading. Then your eye drops down to the brush, which points to your name. The subtitle is last, but maybe that’s okay.

    In my opinion, the glue pot is interesting enough to get a viewer’s attention. It’s voluminous while everything else is flat and subordinate. That’s very different and unexpected. Your vision for the cover is interesting and original.

    Comment by the Village Carpenter — April 19, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

  6. The arrangement is good. I liked the drop of glue on the table – adds character.

    Comment by RDXN — April 19, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

  7. I am looking forward to your book. To me the cover idea looks really good if you remove the pot and the brush, they overly romanticize the task. It looks to me like a cookbook cover where someone is dumping ingredients into a pot while looking at the camera and smiling; it is sterile and disconnected from the implied content of cookin’ glue. The pot looks cool, but I liked it in v.2 with the brush having some glue on it. I do like the idea, I would just like to see some implied motion?

    Comment by Chuck Beck — April 20, 2009 @ 12:18 am

  8. I like it!

    Comment by Ron Westlake — April 20, 2009 @ 3:12 am

  9. The eye of a graphic designer is different from those the rest of us carry around. Kari has done a beautiful job of balancing the cover and making it appealing. It looks great.

    Cheers — Larry

    Comment by Larry Marshall — April 20, 2009 @ 5:03 am

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