As a graphic designer most people automatically think that I only work on making websites look great. While I do love this aspect of my job, I also like some variety in the type of projects I work on. That is why anytime I have the chance to design a book cover I always jump at the opportunity. Graphics for a website and designs for a book cover are always projects that are completely different and this helps me stay engaged in my work.
When I am designing a book cover I get the chance to get lost for a little bit in another world. Since the cover usually has to show some aspects of the plot, I get to read a short summary of the story, if not the entire book, and I have recently discovered that it is a great way to relax. Even though every book is not from a genre I usually like, enough of them are to make it well worth my time to read.
I also love the freedom that comes with designing a cover. While there are a few guidelines I have to follow, mainly that the cover must have something to do with the book. I do have a lot more freedom in the design than I do with a website. With fewer restrictions on the design I can really let my “creative juices” flow, and this is beneficial for all aspects of my career. I’ve learned that after a while my graphic designs can start to look a little “flat”, and this is never good for business. My clients certainly don’t want to pay for a graphic design that looks the same as everyone else. It is definitely not uncommon for me to use some of the ideas I got from creating a book cover on my next graphic design project.
The other main reason I enjoy designing book covers is that the deadlines are often less stressful. Graphic designers are almost constantly under pressure to meet a deadline, and if you are dealing mainly with online clients you already know that the time frames can change and it is usually not in your favor. A design for the book cover can be easily completed before the novel is finished, and most editors will hire you for the job several months in advance. Speaking of advances that is just one more reason to design the occasional book cover since most of these jobs will pay you before the project is finished. I can’t tell you how many times this has made it possible for me to send my monthly bills in on time.
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