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design*sponge at home: the evolution of a book cover


I’m so excited to take a quick time out today to share another behind-the-scenes look at Design*Sponge at Home! Before I dive into everything happening between the front and back covers, I wanted to talk about the cover itself. The design of the book was one of the most exciting — and stressful — parts of the book process because it meant so much to all of us working on the book. While the content took up the vast majority of my working time, the cover started to feel like it was its own mini-book because of all the brainstorming and revisions.


Try as we might, judging a book (especially a design book) by its cover is sometimes inevitable. So trying to come up with a cover that was beautiful, eye-catching, current-yet-timeless and still managed to encompass all of the content (home tours, DIYs, before & afters and flowers) felt like a Herculean task. But thankfully, Jenny, Julia and Matt at ALSO design were up to the task. After months of ideas, tests and mock-ups, we wound up with over 25 cover ideas (and seven different themes) on the cutting-room floor and a final idea that was starting to feel right.

This post will walk you through all 30+ cover drafts and talk about the process (and inspiration) that lead to the final look. I hope you’ll join me after the jump to see how it all came together.

You can click here to pre-order Design*Sponge at Home, watch the book trailer or check out the book tour dates, starting in September.

The cover story continues after the jump . . .

[Please note: these are all mock up images that were intended to be customized if chosen as a final image. Some of these background images are from catalogs or websites. The ombre fade image below with painted objects is from Lisa Congdon's blog]

There were several phases of book cover designs, almost all of which included multiple mock-ups and versions to fully flesh out an idea. Let’s start with phase 1:

1. Phase 1: For the first round of mock-ups, ALSO played with the idea of something that felt colorful, creative and fun — bits of paper, objects and various ephemera arranged in a way that felt crafty and feminine.

*What we learned: The cover felt too busy and didn’t convey the depth of content in the book. It also didn’t feel unique enough for me, or have that timeless quality I was hoping for.

*Total cover options mocked up: 3 (shown below)



2. Phase 2: Let’s try to make it look like the site! Dark gray, ribbons and a moodier feel.

*What we learned: The cover was way too dark and didn’t convey the upbeat feel we wanted the pages to have. We decided to leave the dark gray for the web and focus on something a little bit lighter.

*Total cover options mocked up: 3 (shown below)



3. Phase 3: The gray was feeling too dark and flat, so we wanted to go back to something that felt more 3D, like frames on a wall.

*What we learned: Ultimately, this didn’t feel special enough. All the pattern felt too generic or expected — and not handmade enough. It also reminded me of a modern design home catalog — not really the vibe we were going for.

*Total cover options mocked up: 5 (shown below)




4. Phase 4: Let’s simplify. We went back to the drawing board and tried out some simple text placement on top of room photos. This was my least favorite of the series. It felt way too generic for me and really sterile.

*What we learned: We needed those unique 3D/handmade touches to make the book feel like Design*Sponge and not just any other home book.

*Total cover options mocked up: 3 (shown below)



4b. Phase 4 . . . Part 2: The room-as-cover idea is such a trusted one in publishing that we gave this idea one last spin after seeing the options above, but this time with ribbons added. I liked this better than the plain mock-ups above (and I think several of these would have made totally respectable covers), but it still bugged me to have a photograph on the cover. It felt expected and predictable, and we were hoping for something far more timeless — so we moved on.

*Total cover options mocked up: 5 (shown below)




5. Phase 5: Before we dove back into handmade details, the publisher wanted us to try something that put me front and center, inspired by the Sophie Dahl book cover. Needless to say, I had a hard time with this one. Seeing my mug plastered on a bunch of big mock-ups was enough to convince me that I did NOT want to go through with a real photoshoot to put myself on the cover. It felt too “ME” heavy and didn’t convey what was actually happening in the book.

*What we learned: One person doesn’t convey the depth of a book’s topic unless, like Martha Stewart, your name and face are already synonymous with a subject. Statistically, buyers tend to purchase books with people on the cover, but for us, this felt too “one person” centric and wasn’t focusing on the wealth of information inside.

*Total cover options mocked up: 2 (shown below)



Hello, have we met? I’m a crazy cat lady . . .

6. Phase 6: Back to the ribbons. Ribbons have been a huge inspiration of mine for a long time now (hence the D*S site redesign), so I wanted to find a way to play with them that felt creative and fun. I asked Jenny at ALSO to make the book look like it was wrapped in ribbons, like the buyer was getting a wrapped gift. I’ll be honest: I still miss these covers. They are just so rich and beautiful. But ultimately, everyone agreed they didn’t convey “DIY, home tours and before & afters” as a subject. They read to most people as more of a craft or fashion book and less of a home workbook. So away they went. Sniff sniff.

*What we learned: Sometimes, the most beautiful ideas aren’t the most functional. No matter how badly you want them to be. (And as a first-time author, sometimes it’s too risky to rely on people guessing what’s inside your first book.)

*Total cover options mocked up: 5 (shown below)




7. Phase 7: Decorative details + character. For me, photographs were always a hard fit for the cover because D*S feels like such a highly handmade site to me. Our logo is handwritten, and so much of the website layout was done by hand. So we decided to go back to illustration as a concept.

I was inspired by these Aveeno bottle designs (image below) in terms of the two-tone illustration, so Julia Rothman went to work drawing a room that stylist Shana Faust and I created by piecing together elements we felt best represented the D*S style. We picked out the pieces together, and Julia drew a make-believe room of my dreams. We included elements from my own home (the demijohn bottle with branches and zig-zag rug) and pieces I’d love to own one day (the vintage floral lamp in the back).

To make the book feel a bit more DIY/makeover inspired, we had Julia extend the drawing from back to front, so you got the feeling that someone was making over a room by themselves. The little nails piled together on the floor still make me smile.

Once the room was designed and drawn, Jenny played with text options, and we all fell in love with the giant lettering. It felt so modern against the feminine and playful illustration. We showed the design to Artisan (our amazing publisher), and they were hooked.

We played around with colors and decided on a bold pink/red that we thought would be warm and eye-catching. I fought long and hard to get the illustration done in gold foil (inspired by the Lollia candle, image below), and finally, we won and got a sample back in the mail. When I first saw it over at the Artisan offices, I was a happy camper. And the cover was born. A month later, we got the real samples back, and I felt like the D*S book was finally finished and ready to make its debut.

*What we learned: Sometimes, you can’t say everything you want with a single book cover, but if you work hard, you can find a design that conveys elements of a book’s interior and its spirit. For us, that missing element was a hand-drawn illustration and pops of gold that made the book feel as pretty on the outside as it did on the inside.

*Total cover options mocked up: 13 (shown below)

I still run my hands over the final book cover (I have 1 of only 2 finished copies sitting on my couch) and smile. The gold shimmers in the light just like I’d hoped, and I still want to live inside the make-believe room we designed just as much as I did months ago when we developed it. I hope you guys will feel the same way when you see it in person. xo, grace







I don’t have a high-res scan of the back cover yet (gold foil is so hard to scan!), so I took a totally last-minute shot of my only copy this morning. The quality is super low, but I wanted you to view the back before you see it in person and how it wraps from front to back.

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127 Comments

Suzanne

Seriously, you chose the very best one. All of the others don’t compare. Well done!

Suzanne

I take that back, I LOVE the one with you and your cat.

Lindsay | eythink.com

Oh Grace, I can totally see why you had a hard time letting go of the ribbon series! Hopefully you can use some of those concepts on a future piece (perhaps something less all-encompassing), as they are truly lovely. Maybe a small something related to the tour?

erin loechner

omg SO interesting! i looooved hearing the psychology behind the process. thanks for sharing this peek, grace!

Irit

Amazing!! Good luck, can’t wait to see the real thing. Thank you for sharing the long and enlightening process.

Cat

Congratulations, Grace! The final cover is a total knockout and well worth all the hard work.

Kate (Southern Belle Simple)

This is absolutely wonderful! I guess I don’t often think about how much time and effort goes into each book on the bookstore shelf. Thrilled to have pre-ordered already and can’t wait for Sept to get my copy! Yay DesignSponge!

Heather

Thanks so much for sharing all of the process with us! It’s so great to see the process and how much detail goes into it! I love the final cover! It truly is the best! Can’t wait to feel the gold and see it glitter myself! :)

Ana Louisa

What a fun process to see! I love that two of those photos feature a couple of my all time favorite interiors—the first pale blue bedroom with the big windows and the wonderful desk with the Diana camera and the oval mirror. Congrats, Grace!

Meridith

Thank you so much for inviting us to see the process, and for sharing your thoughts of each stage. It’s always interesting to me to see what was left on the cutting room floor. As an artist/creative, I feel like drafts/mockups/etc are such an important part of the creative process. When we only ever see the shiny, finished products (especially when we try to compare our work-in-progress to that!), it’s easy to forget that great art or design usually goes through those stages. Perhaps not 30, though! You have the patience of a saint!

I have been more & more inspired by your site lately. I used to visit just for the fabulous eye candy, and now for inspiration & hands-on tips as I’m finally ready to start “crafting my perfect space.” Your book will be the first step of that journey! :)

Tiffany

What an amazing and inspiring journey/process! I am enamored with the final cover choice and I can’t wait to have this book in my hands.

Stephanie

Thanks so much for sharing. I think the final product definitely speaks. Illustration design is so hot right now and the texture will really make it stand out.

Although at first glance, I also enjoyed the wall frame concept with the kraft paper & coral colors.

emily rose

I love seeing this process! I think the one chosen really reflects what design sponge IS though. An awesome choice by a great illustrator! I can’t wait to have my own copy! :)

Shaunna

Ahh I felt like I was in the publisher’s office weighing the impact of each look. Interesting that they noted the Sophie Dahl book cover– that was so appealing to me on the shelf. The simplicity and color of the ribbons did it for me though! Thank you for this Grace. How exciting!

Lindsay

Amazing post! So inspirational to see every aspect of the cover design process and hear your thoughts. Thank you so much for sharing and I cannot wait for the book to come out. I woke up this morning to an email from Amazon reminding me about it :)

GinaMarie

As a graphic designer, I love seeing the background process of the way this cover developed. LOVE the final product, and the inspiration that you found on that Aveeno bottle. Good design has a meaning and purpose, and this cover reflects your site and passions…but also looks hot. So excited for you!

Shelly

Wow! I’m so excited for you. I think the choice for the cover is wonderful. Playful with elegance at the same time. Thanks for sharing the process…I feel proud, like somehow I had a part! Best to you and your team.

Laura

Although the final is just utterly perfect and right, I love those 2nd and 3rd ribbon covers as well. Hoping they can make an appearance in another project some day.

And kudos on all the endorsements! You have some heavy hitters in the design world singing your praises. (But I’m not surprised! D*S *is* amazing!)

Ellen

I was sold on a lot of the options along the way, but I think in the end you definitely chose the best one. I feel like any one of the previous designs would make a beautiful magazine cover, but the final book has the weight of something you’d be proud to leave on your coffee table. Thanks for sharing the process so in-depth! Off to pre-order it now

Melissa S.

I really loved seeing the evolution of these covers! So interesting! I definitely love the one that was finally chosen (but I confess I also like the one with you and your adorable cat).

Ellen

Ah! I just watched the book trailer and your outfits are so cute. Design*Sponge’s closet next?

Jacqui

What a fantastic ride the cover took! I absolutely love the outcome you guys settled on! Thanks so much for showing the process and time that goes into these kinds of things, as a graphic designer sometimes people just don’t understand the amount of revising done behind the scenes.

Tara Bliven

What a crazy lot of work – it’s beautiful. I need it. REAL BAD. (Really, you should see my house…)

Molly

What a journey! Already, I can’t imagine going with anything else. I think of how iconic that Domino book is and feel confident you’re playing in the same league! Congratulations.

Jen

The best cover choice! Excellent call. Thank you for sharing the process!

Greg

Wow that’s a lot of mock-ups! So fun to look at. Looking forward to getting a copy when it comes out!

brianne

The process is fascinating, thanks so much for taking the time to share it with us. I like aspects of them all, but I think you achieved the bold/modern combined with feminine that the site conveys as well. Good job and congrats :)

Shanna

I’ve been in cover meetings where it can be agonizing selecting something “great” from a lot of “good enoughs” – I think the final selection is definitely great. Love it.

stacy

So fun- you guys came up with lots of great covers! I love the final too- can’t wait to get mine (it’s preordered:)

Katie

What a process! The finished product looks great. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

samantha

love the final cover, I have pre-ordered a copy and can’t wait to get it.

Jess M.

I love the cover, and am super excited for the release date! Already preordered my copy, and it’ll be ready just in time for me to move into my very first home and get to decorate a space I truly own.

Connie @ Daydream In Color

This is so fascinating. I love the cover of the book you chose and I love your crazy cat lady comment. Haha. At first glance, it almost looks like the cover of a classics novel without the book jacket. So classy and you at the same time!

bianca of terri planty

i am such a sucker for cats. so of course the cat with the cup and you! love it. but the cover you have is really lovely. congrats! can’t wait to get my own paws on it. :)

katsola

I love the cover. But I must say the cover with the your kitty tickles me as he or she is about to drink your tea. Makes me imagine your kitty sneaking cozy milk tea everyday while you are being crafty.

jodi

i absolutely love the final version! it is so gorgeous. thanks so much for sharing the design process with us. it’s fascinating!

Sarah @ Natural History

This is an inspirational post! It’s not often that you get to be privy to so much insider info of such a thoughtful and important design process. We pick up books and put them down again in shops, at home, in other people’s houses, without any consideration of all that must have gone into producing the single piece of paper (i.e. the dustjacket) that makes you decide whether or not to open (or pay for!) it. Thank you for letting us share!

Ritsya

Thanks for letting us see a bit of the process! Really great result. Fabulous actually.

lamina @ do a bit

Thank you so much for showing us the process of deciding on a front cover… so fascinating!! I LOVE the one you decided on it is just beautiful!!! Well worth all trial and error (not so error really) :)

Amanda

I have been checking your blog since I was a senior in high school, then as an art student at college, and now as a freelance designer, and I still love every minute of it! Congrats on this wonderful web space you have built and congrats on the fabulous new book! I cant wait to pick up a copy. Thank you so much for sharing the cover design process. It is inspiring to see the ideas you went through. It is so hard to narrow things down when there are so many excellent ideas, but your explanations of the decision making process made total sense (and they are all good design reminders, for work or every day!). It was all worth it in the end (isnt it usually?), because you truly captured the vibe you were going for. Hip hip hooray!

sol

You picked the best cover!!
And that CAT looks exactly the same as MINE!!!

sole, from Argentina

Elizabeth

Loved seeing the process! And the one you picked is easily the most beautiful and timeless of them all. So much better than the more generic covers. Great job!

Grace Bonney

thanks so much for all your kind comments, guys! i hope you enjoy the book in person as much as i do :)

grace

Niklas

fantastic! Just pre-ordered! and sooo looking foward!

ASuburbanLife

I just love this post – it was so fun to see the process you went through in designing a cover. And I absolutely love the cover you chose!

carina / citta design

I love what you chose, but also seriously like the dark grey cover with the ribbon coming down the side :) It is really interesting to see the progression of ideas – the complete flops and the little gems. I have pre-orderd my book and cant wait for it too arrive… so excited!!

lana

WOW! I’m impressed with all the work that ALSO put into the cover design. Congratulations Grace! Can’t wait to see the real thing.

April

Having just read Chip Kidd’s Book One (he’s a book cover designer for Knopf), I got a very interesting peek into this process and all of the though that goes into it. Your cover turned out great!

ruzu

wow this looks awsome!! you did a good work, and you team
i like better the final result, looks pretty.
congratulations, I want this book

Becca

GRACE! I am so proud of you, and I don’t even know you…well not personally, but still! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to get the book! Jonathan Adler? Woo hoo!

Anna

What a great look into your process, and what an amazing design team you worked with. You did pick the best one- very nice!

sarah

thanks so much for sharing your process, grace. super helpful for me as a graphic designer to be reminded of how many revisions are sometimes necessary and how much perseverance is required to end up with a beautiful finished product! congratulations!

Anna @ D16

Well, you know I love seeing this part of the bookmaking process, right? ;)

The final cover is GORGEOUS, Grace. My congratulations to you and everyone who took part in its creation. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Valerie

The first thing I thought when I saw the chosen cover was TIMELESS, then I read on and saw that’s what you were going for. You achieved it!

sunny

the final cover design looks AMAZING! thanks for sharing the creative process with us!

Kamal

Grace, how brilliant is the trailer and how wonderful is your post on the cover…LOVE the chosen one. Congratulations, you should be quite proud of yourself, can’t wait to place one on my shelf.

Time Crafted

The book cover looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your process with all of us. I can see why you felt connected to the ribbon covers as they grabbed my eye as well. But, seeing the final cover, I know exactly what the book is going to be about! :>

Lauren

What a beautiful insight into the process – loved seeing all the phases you went through!

Carol

So many covers. I like your final choice, though I do like the cat ones, as our cat is forever drinking out of our glasses and cups (milk, water, tea, coffee and cordial), except soft drink – doesn’t like the bubbles.

trish

Love the choice you went with… its different and will stand out on the shelf! Have mine pre-ordered as working on a house at the moment… but can I wait until October!!?? Your site is a constant go to for me and my husband as we work on our home! Well done and hope it flies off the shelves for you xx

agnes szucs @ iiiinspired

wow! i love this sooo much! being a graphic designer, i’m always curious about how other people come to a certain solution.
also, congrats on the book, it’s such a great achievement…

xoxo
agnes

leona

thank you for this fascinating commentary on the thought process behind the design of your cover. the cover is so gorgeous, inviting and very intriguing. can’t wait to get my very own copy. best wishes on this wonderful endeavor or design sponge
by the way, being new to ds these last 6-7 months or so….have you ever talked about your process of coming up with ‘design sponge’ name?..thanks again for all that you bring into my own life!

Grace Bonney

thanks leona and welcome :)

i chose the name designsponge because i though it bet represented how i soak up information really passionately. it’s not the coolest name, but when i picked it i was just out of college and never thought this would turn into my job. it’s dorky, but the name sort of fits now ;)

grace

Anni

There are some great covers in there… but yes, you’ve chosen the best one!

Deepa

The ribbon covers were gorgeous, but I think you guys chose the very best cover in the end. The gold is an inspired touch and makes it look really special. And I like how the asterisk from the name of the site is incorporated into the cover. This process can’t have been easy so congratulations on a job well done!

Vania Pinto

The battle was worth, for the result was superb! clean, exciting – just like Design Sponge! Congratulations!

Chrissy @MABSOOTa

I’m so happy you didn’t go with a cover that had your picture on it. Not that you and your cat don’t look absolutely fabulous, but I think it says a lot about you that you didn’t want the book to be “me, me me.” I highly respect that. And I definitely agree with the “timeless” idea- the cover sort of reminds me of like one of those old Foxfire magazine covers.

athena

the process of choosing your book cover is absolutely fascinating to read! i loved seeing the mock-ups and how you and your team arrived at the final cover. i think it’s perfect! can’t wait for september :)

Shana

Heh. I was really disappointed by the chosen cover, actually, wishing it had a picture, more detail, SOMETHING. It’s just so plain! Most books have a gorgeous photo or something — something that makes you want to dive in! This final one read, to me, as plain red with giant letters — the drawings are so fine that they just disappear, IMO. Takes all kinds! I do think, though, that you created and considered some really gorgeous stuff. :)

shuzluva

This was an amazing look at the process you went through to get to the final product. I am so excited for this publication! I’ve only been following D*S for about a year, but I love what you do here.

Eva

my god that is an amazing amount of covers… the last one is the best though :D love the red and gold, and it is as well timeless as contemporary. Well done! props to the people at ALSO (they are a patient bunch ;-) )

nicole : three by sea

I love all the ribbon book covers as well, but the hand drawn illustration of a room really did clench it, I think. Can’t wait to own this book.

Sabeen

Dear, Grace,
what a job it must have been to come up with a cover for this much anticipated book! And the final one you’ve chosen is probably the best one since it gives you a general feel for all the wonderful things the book will contain without being too direct, do you know what i mean?

And how fabulous is it that you were inspired by the Aveeno bottles! Just goes to show you that good design is all around us, you just need to keep your eyes open to see it and be inspired…

Mary Boling

I agree with Shana. I would walk right past this book in a bookstore. The details don’t show up. I hope I am wrong…
Mary

Grace Bonney

mary and shana

it’s hard to capture gold foil in a scan or photograph as i mentioned above. in person the room image is very easy to see :)

grace

Emily

Your hard work to find the perfect cover for you book is truly inspiring and I know it must feel amazing to finally get there! Congratulations on such a beautiful success!

me

Grace,
The illustrations on the back cover are what really do the cover justice! The front is the beauty that is captured once a project and done and the back shows the effort put into that beauty. I believe that’s one of the reason I enjoy Design Sponge, because it shows that these beautiful projects CAN be accomplished! Congrats!

Emma

Hi! For me, this was super interesting to see since I’m a book cover designer myself. I really like the final cover. However, I’m kind of curious about if your book mainly has it’s target group in the US? It’s interesting for me to know as a desinger since my belief is that the first two proposals would be a huge hit where I’m from (Denamark) and probably in large parts of nothern/mid Europe aswell.

I’m also curious about if you were only presented to one design concept to begin with? I’m very interested in how differently a design process can look if you compare not only one desinger to another but also between countries. The most common thing here would be to present the customer to at least three VERY different concepts to choose from very early in the process and to take it from there.

Anyway, the book looks great! Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing! Very interesting!

Anna W

I love it! You totally did the right choice – even if I did love many of the other versions too. Oh I really hope it will be available here in Sweden.

Molly (in DC)

Great post! I love the 1st ribbon mock-up – very Art Deco, but not nearly as personal as the final product. I think the gold foil was a battle worth fighting. BTW, quotes from Todd Oldham, Nate Berkus, and Kelly Wearstler? Forward by Jonathan Adler? You’re big time, lady!

Seth

That was really fascinating to see the step-by-step process of how the final cover was created. Thank you for taking the time to put this post together.

Sarah

I agree with the comment that ALSO are very patient graphic designers. After reading this post, I’d hesitate to design a cover for an interior designer now! You should know that ALSO went above and beyond the call of design duty.

s.m.

i’ve sat through many cover meetings and there are few things as an editor that can be the source of more joy or more pain. it’s not easy to get it right, and i have the utmost respect for cover designers. kudos for fighting for a cover that felt right (IMHO I think you nailed it with the final product) and for pushing for the pricey gold foil! I love the ribbons too–very gorgeous and i want to steal for a book i’m editing!–but as a representation of your book the image doesn’t quite fit. thanks for sharing the steps of the process.

Carrie (The Creative Salad)

I had no idea how complicated and challenging designing a book cover could be! I so enjoyed this snapshot into the process! Thank you for writing about it. I love the final choice. I think it’s the best of the bunch.

Caroline

Hi,

I love design*sponge and will see if I can order the book.

I think the book cover is great (although I do prefer the ribbon-inspired ones).

I must say, though: a cat drinking out of a teacup almost made me want to be sick..

Desirae

Thanks for the behind the scenes – so glad you didn’t choose the one with all the kitchen utensils – even though it was cheery, it looked more like a cookbook. The final product looks cool, from what I can tell but I’m excited to get the copy in hand to see the foil details! Congrats!

Kari J

Grace,
Thanks for sharing your process with us–truly fascinating to me, as a graphic designer. To say you have “the eye” is understatement. And Julia Rothman’s illustration is always inspiring.
Best wishes and hope to see you in Mpls this fall!

LindseyBee

I’d say if you didn’t choose the ultimate one, I agree with you that the ribbon, “wrapped gift” idea is Beautiful; however, I think you made a business decision, & a good one at that. Sometimes pretty doesn’t always win–it catches your eye, yes, but as a whole, the design you chose fits SO WELL with Everything D*S is about–handmade touch, warm, inviting colors, home interior, great quality–Julia did a Great job on the illustration!! Can’t wait to have my own copy to go ga-ga over!

@tishushu

WOW! What a process! I have to agree with the final design… It’s sleek, playful, charming, and timeless… I’m a sucker for hand drawn outlining! And the gold foil? Yum! The ribbon series almost sold me, too, as did the series of you and your cat.. (I’m a crazy cat lady, too, lol) Thanks so much for sharing this tedious process with us! Can’t wait for my copy!

Pammy

This post is great! I’m a graphic designer so I am very used to that type of process, but it is really interesting to read the progression from start to finish. Love the cover! Can’t wait for my copy of your book!

Kelly

I love seeing the evolution of this, and how many different directions. I remember seeing an early cover mockup (at that point it had a photo) and thinking, how in the world can one photo represent all the diverse goodness that I’m sure will be contained in that book? I love the final. It’s classic and intriguing.

Casey

I FINALLY got a chance to sit down and read this post and I’m glad I did! I love that you outlined the process for us and showed images along the way. I’m sure the process must have been a difficult one – so many options! I agree about the photo-based covers. It was probably near impossible to chose just one picture try to sum-up the content/style of the book. I agree – the ribbon covers were very pretty, but the cover you chose is the most effective. And good job getting the gold in there!

Jen Derks

Thank you so much for this insight. If I didn’t already love Julia Rothman, I mean seriously… ridiculous awesome. I will say, I’m with Sarah.. and I hope that ALSO bid the project on an hourly rate, or “x” amounts of revisions. :) Way to stick to your guns and get the best final product out there.. it’s superb.

Megan

As a graphic designer I loved seeing the creative process that went on behind the scenes…I love seeing the cover comps.

Corrie Anne

I REALLY want to get my hands on this book! The trailer did a great job getting me excited. Yay for you! Congratulations! And you are so cute in the video!! I read Design*Sponge all the time, but I didn’t really know your face. Yay!

Briar

Thanks for sharing your process! I teach graphic design and look forward to sharing this with my students so they can really get the sense of how many concepts and variations it can take to really get a piece to the place you want it.

LH

I love the final choice. It has a timeless look and is the sort of book that you want to display.

Kirsten @ Triple Max Tons

Wow, this is really fascinating to see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into designing just to book cover! I really love that red/gold foil one…..awesome choice. Thanks for lifting the curtain on this, and sharing your journey with us. I have a feeling this is going to be a bestseller! :)

Kelli Bradley

Thank you for sharing your creative adventure. I look forward to learning more about fabulous design and the curious details that inspire.

yvette

AMAZING post, fascinating to see the behind the scenes process. Wish you all the best with the book! I will be buying it for my sister in law as she still misses Domino magazine…

JT

Is it alright for a boy to own a pink (ok, hot coral) and gold book? Good thing I don’t care ’cause I am getting a copy!

Valerie

I can’t wait to dive into this book! It looks amazing and the process for designing the cover is a book in itself! I read design*sponge every single day and for the first time, I can’t wait until Mondays when I can expect a brand new design*sponge post! I’m so glad that I’ll be able to proudly display this beautiful book! Congratulations!

alana ruoso

Such an amazing post. This is exactly the book design process – incredibly involved and challenging. The end result is beautiful. Love the package and will definitely add to the book’s success.

Heather UpChurch

Hi Grace! I am an artist and graphic designer and I thoroughly enjoyed this post! I LOVE the cover you went with for so many reasons (though several of the others we beautiful as well). One of the things I love the most about it is that it reminds me so much of an antique book, but it’s completely contemporary at the same time. I recently started specializing in book covers and interior layouts and I will be sending new authors to this post to get an idea of the whole process… and to understand why a quality book cover can’t be designed for $150 lol!

I have loved everything I’ve seen so far! You definitely have a new follower! Thanks again! :) Heather

Heather UpChurch
Art & Design Studios
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Cathy S.

Really interesting post – thank you for sharing. Gorgeous options… fantastic final choice!

Kimberly

This is incredible. Thank you for putting this together. Very interesting, and I love the cover you chose. Brilliant

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