KRISTIN COMES IN riding a page of a different color. Her note follows. Then Ed shows his colors…uh…comments.
We’ve just completed our 2011 College Football edition and I wanted to send along the cover that I created. I absolutely wanted to go past my usual covers that I do and create something very artistic. For our cover we always use S.C. State, Clemson and USC. They are the big three for us.
I had an idea of a water color painting. So, I created a background of paint splatter and brush strokes in the colors of the three teams; I used blue for S.C. State, black for USC and orange for Clemson. Then I took a picture of Alshon Jeffery, who is a former high school football star from our area, and created a poster-like image in PhotoShop. I did the same for the pictures with S.C. State and Clemson, but I made them smaller. Then at the bottom I used a black transparency that had been angled to give depth and put the name of the edition into that.
I am eager to hear what people have to say.
Well…it certainly is different! Sometimes I think I really like it and other times I’m not so sure.
1. I’m uncomfortable with the “V” look at the bottom, partly because I think you’re trying to tell me something with that particular design, and partly because (if you are trying to tell me something) I don’t get it. I’d have gone with something shallower and with the “T&D” in the same line as the “2011 College Preview.”
2. It’s easy to tell that “A. Jefferey” is the guy catching the ball…but who are the other guys? Do you tell me on page 2?
3. The Jeffery art looks posterized, but the other two not so much.
4. I keep trying to read something into the spatter…as if this were a photo of people in the stands at a football game and you just made it very bright.
5. If you’re gonna do the blue, orange and black color splashes, I think there should be a headline here that puts that into context, something like: “Making a splash in the polls this year” or “Three SC teams expected to make a splash this season.”
OK. I’ve picked it to death. Let’s see what others have to say.