This was a fun one. The brief for the cover was that the publisher was dead-set on an all-type cover design. I attempted a few layouts where type was the only element, but it didn’t feel quite right to me. I thought that perhaps simply using icons would be more effective. So I presented them a wordless, icon-only cover, and the publisher and author both loved it. There was only problem. The book buyer at Barnes & Noble was scandalized that we had excluded text from the front cover altogether, and demanded that we put the title somewhere on the cover.
So we obliged with a small bit of wording under each of
the icons. Overall, despite the small compromise,
I’m still quite happy with the outcome.