Making of a book cover

Jun 16, 2012 | Posted in books & writing

Have you ever wondered about the choices an artist makes when designing a book cover?

Interestingly, one of the comments on YouTube slammed the creator for using stock images. I have two thoughts on this. First, I also used to think that if I used stock imagery then I wasn’t a real web designer. And though I don’t consider myself a designer but a developer-who-does-design, I’ve always tried very hard to make the best design I can, taking into account usability as a primary concern. And like this commenter, I’ve always shied away from using stock imagery because I thought it was a cop-out on my part.

Except there are some of us who can design but either don’t have the time (me) or as much skill (me) as others at creating line art. I wish I could render better and had enough time to take all the photos I need. But I don’t.

Second, stock imagery is all part of the art ecosystem. The artists who create the work are getting paid for it. They’re doing what they’re best at, which allows me to create a better version of what I’m good at.

I plan to use more stock imagery from now on.

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