chriskcate got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design book #1 in the highly-anticipated ParentNormal humor book series
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Entertainment & The Arts
My name is Chris Cate. I’m a parent of three kids, and my parenting humor has been featured on the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, AV Club, the Today Show and many other top media outlets. The Huffington Post has also included me on their weekly list of funniest parents on Twitter more than 75 times. I also have more than 50,000 Twitter followers and launched a successful podcast called the ParentNormal Comedy Podcast. It’s a weekly podcast that features celebrity parent interviews. My website is www.parentnormal.com. The name ‘parentnormal’ is a play off the word ‘paranormal’ because having kids is a supernatural experience: beyond explanation. This book is for parents who are stressed out from parenthood and can use a laugh.
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Book Title: The ParentNormal Crash Course Book Subtitle: Everything Traditional Parenting Books Are Afraid to Tell You About Close Encounters of the Baby, Toddler and Third-Year Kind Author: Chris Cate COVER DESIGN: The colors I primarily use for my brand are a baby blue (code - 2bb9dc) and a baby pink (code - dd84e0). I’ve included two examples of my brand image. Attachment 1 is my basic brand image for social media. Attachment 2 is the brand image for my podcast. Please be aware that I spell ParentNormal as one word, even though it does not appear that way on the attached brand images. The word is intended to be a play off the word paranormal, because parenting is a supernatural experience. I like how I use two different fonts (Copperplate Gothic Bold in blue and Lucinda Handwriting in pink) in my logos and suggest you try something like that too. You can use different fonts if you like something better. One thing I also really like about my logo is how the first “T” in “The ParentNormal” looks like it’s a stick body for the cartoon baby head in the logo. It would be great if you could incorporate that into the book cover. Here are four book cover ideas for you to use as strong suggestions, but feel free to improve upon them. You’ll find that all of them use my brand colors. All four ideas also have my name “Chris Cate” written in crayon on the cover, as if by a child. IDEA 1: (my favorite of these ideas) I want this cover to look like it’s been in the hands of small children, meaning I envision the cover looking as if it has been partially ripped. See attachment 3 titled “Cover Example 1” for a very good example. Similarly, my book should have the second half of the main title (Crash Course) appear as if it is only visible because the book cover has been ripped away like in Cover Example 1. Check out the 4th attachment titled “Cover Sketch 1” to see a sketch I did of this cover idea. One thing I would do to improve my sketch would be to use the fonts in my basic brand logo (Copperplate Gothic Bold in blue and Lucinda Handwriting in pink) for the title. IDEA 2: This idea is sketched out in attachment 5 titled “Cover Sketch 2.” It is very similar to idea 1 except the book is blue instead of white. I actually prefer idea 1 over this option, but you might be able to make it work. I do like how these colors make the book more colorful. IDEA 3: Have the title appear like it is crashing through the cover. See attachment 6 titled “Cover Example 2” to see what I’m talking about. You don’t need a hand that’s in Cover Example 2. It can be just the title crashing through. The concept of the “crash” is that it is caused by a baby or toddler, but we don’t necessarily need to see the baby or toddler. IDEA 4: Have the title appear as if it is crashing into the bottom or side of the cover. I will defer to your expertise to decide where it makes the most sense to include the subtitle: Everything Traditional Parenting Books Are Afraid to Tell You About Close Encounters of the Baby, Toddler and Third-Year Kind Somewhere on these covers, I would like it to read “By Chris Cate” as if it was written by a child using a crayon. SPINE DESIGN: There is little room to work with on the spine, but I would like it to read The ParentNormal Crash Course. I would also like to have my last name added - Cate. Both would be best read if you were holding the book horizontally. Below Cate, I would like you to add the letters PN, which would be best read if you were holding the book vertically. BACK DESIGN: In addition to the text on the back, see if you can add a bottle on its side in a puddle of milk that has spilled out. Or, perhaps it could be a baby sippy cup spilling out water. The back should also include the following language: Becoming a parent is the start of a new normal, the ParentNormal. It’s supernatural, unexplainable and requires scientifically impossible amounts of love, generosity and devotion to survive. Traditional parenting books are afraid to tell you everything about close encounters of the baby, toddler and third-year kind. But this book isn’t traditional. In three hilariously honest courses, you’ll learn parenting truths like: Raising a baby isn't like raising a dog. It's like being a dog. You're always sniffing butts. Getting a baby to drink their medicine is like getting someone with arachnophobia to drink a spider, except harder. 95% of helping a toddler who falls down is trying not to laugh at how they fell down. The only thing threenagers can't lose is their voice. Parents don’t go on vacation. Kids go on vacation while their parents babysit them. FORMATTING: The size of the book is 5.06" x 7.81" and it is 128 pages. It will be published through Amazon’s Createspace. The estimated spine width is 0.288256”. Avoid hard edges or lines that end on the fold line. The “cover” must be a single PDF that includes the back cover, spine, and front cover as one image. It must also be measured exactly to the book's trim size, spine width, and .125" bleed. Please leave space for an ISBN barcode in a 2" by 1.2" white box in the lower right-hand corner of the book's back cover. Here is a link to the Createspace guidelines - https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/CoverPDF.jsp?sitesearch_query=spine%20size&sitesearch_type=SITE
This book is the first in a series I will be publishing, so it would be great to find a designer I can work with on the rest of the books in the series.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
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.
chriskcate 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 a winner!
This is my second book cover project with Lady Elizia and, as with the first one, I am extremely pleased with the results. This one was more challenging than the first one. Not because she had trouble understanding what I was looking for, but because what I was asking her to do was much more difficult. When I started getting frustrated she relieved my anxiety with her characteristic patience and understanding, letting me know that it was all part of the process and that we would make it happen. And that she did, exceeding my expectations yet again. As before, I highly recommend her for any project she pursues.
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