Wren's Nest Publishing Company 2010: Potential Covers for The Bard & The Muckraker

If a Wren’s Nest Publishing Co. keeps chugging along but no one blogs about it, does it still happen?

The answer is: yes, and thank goodness for that.  This week the students get to choose a cover for their literary journal – exciting!  The journal debuts at the Decatur Book Festival to thousands of bookish types, so this is no small decision, no sir.

Here are the two submissions, created by local, incredibly talented designers (whose names we’ll splash all over the place once y’all have let us know what you think).  The students gave the designers a few cues, and both did absolutely amazing jobs of incorporating their requests.

Behold, #1 (remember, you can click on the pictures to make them bigger):

#2 requires a touch of explanation.  The designer created it so that it could be read from both directions (with the interior pages printed right side up, and the other half upside down).  Here is it from both angles:


So!  What do y’all think?  Which do you like better?  Tell us everything!

I’m not saying your opinions will actually affect anything, but it’s sure nice to hear ’em.

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Comments (21)

  • I like the second one IF half the printing of the book will also flip over halfway through.

    Being fond of old-timey stuff, I would have to say I lean a bit more toward the first one though… still… both are great.

    • Oh… I see the explanation now. I was so caught up in looking at the pictures that I didn’t even bother to read the text. Sorry.

  • At first I was inclined to say the first one, but now that I’ve really thought about it and looked at them, I think I like the second design more. I love the use of colors in it; very attention-grabbing. I also love the fonts.

  • I’ll agree the second cover has great detail I also think the second cover makes the content held within seem trivial. Like a Mad Lib or coloring book.

  • The first one is decent, but it’s very bland. It also doesn’t convey anything about the publication besides the fact that it’s old-timey and may EVEN have some words in it. (Oh Look, A Typewriter!)

    The second one is borrowing a little too heavily off of Trader Joes, but that’s alright considering the circumstances. I am opposed to the font for the Muckraker, but that’s more of a personal thing. It just doesn’t fit the time period that is famous for the rise of muckraker journalism. It’s also a bit plain.

    ALL IN ALL, I think the second is a more unique, recognizable choice that will better communicate with and to your audience while not compromising the visual effectiveness.

  • I believe that the first picture is very traditional looking. It reminds me of classic literature. The second cover is a very successful blend between old and new. However, I like the first one more.

  • The first one is so much more sophisticated. The second one is eye-grabbing but too cluttered. I love the first one.

  • I love the concept for #2 but don’t like the colors or the “sun” lines – I like the colors for #1 and the texture, but it’s a little dull –

    can you combine them?

  • Number 1 is Classic and I like it. Number 2 will probably sell more.Therefore it’s #2.

  • Thanks for the input y’all (and keep it coming if you’ve got it!). Clearly our editors have a tough choice ahead of them.

  • Can you tell us what the guidelines or suggestions to the artists were, to see how their work reflects those goals?

  • #1, no doubt about it. It is classic and fancy. #2 is creative, but things that are upside down and right side up confuse and agitate me.

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