Alexander von Ness – October 13, 2021

Welcome to the Book Cover Design Awards organized by The Self-Publishing and Book Marketing Blog.

Last month we received 18 covers.

Judge: Alexander von Ness

Alexander is a book cover designer with almost thirty years of professional experience in graphic design, including over a decade as an art director in a branding agency . His website is among the top trusted sites for book cover design services overall and this Self-Publishing and Book Marketing Blog has been selected as one of the 100 Best Websites for Writers.

Judge



Designer : Kitten from Deranged Doctor Design

Book Title : Never Tell Them


Submitted by : Darja Deranged Doctor

Book description : When mysterious, single dad Ray Jenkins moves in to the neighborhood, Sonia is suspicious from the outset that something is amiss.

Alexander von Ness : Great cover design. Outstanding tonality and very intelligent composition. The yellow color that emphasizes the related elements (child and room) as a contrast to the dark blue is performed fantastically. This is a classic example of what a cover design should look like that is primarily focused on the target audience. Cover design that awakens the imagination and attracts attention.




  • Fifteen

    Designer : Bob Aulicino

    Book Title : Fifteen

    Submitted by : Carolyn Doyle

    Book description : The book is a novel about a mother and her 15 year old daughter in the Bronx 1967.

    Alexander von Ness : Unbalanced cover. The background image is unnecessarily obscured (hidden). The colorful “fractal” is too large and represents absolutely nothing to the reader. Basically, a cover design that says nothing about the book nor is it intended for a target audience. I suggest a complete redesign of the cover. I apologize if I’m a little rude but I’m writing all this with the best of intentions.



  • Crossed By Death

    Designer :
    Nancy from Deranged Doctor Design


    Book Title : Crossed By Death

    Submitted by : Darja Deranged Doctor

    Book description : Book cover design for Crossed By Death, by ACF Bookens.
    Cozy Mystery cover design by Nancy, Deranged Doctor Design.

    Alexander von Ness : This cover design looks to me like it’s made of two unrelated covers. I guess it was the client’s wish and the designer unfortunately relented under the client’s pressure. The upper part of the cover is great but the lower part spoiled the whole composition of the cover. Instead of everything looking as a single entity, the top and bottom of the design seem to collide with each other. The choice of colors is good.



  • Counted Corpse

    Designer :
    Nancy from Deranged Doctor Design


    Book Title : Counted Corpse

    Submitted by : Darja Deranged Doctor

    Book description : Book cover design for Counted Corpse, by ACF Bookens.
    Cozy Mystery cover design by Nancy, Deranged Doctor Design.

    Alexander von Ness : This cover design looks to me like it’s made of two unrelated covers. I guess it was the client’s wish and the designer unfortunately relented under the client’s pressure. The upper part of the cover is great but the lower part spoiled the whole composition of the cover. Instead of everything looking as a single entity, the top and bottom of the design seem to collide with each other. The choice of colors is good.



  • Stitch X For Murder

    Designer :
    Nancy from Deranged Doctor Design


    Book Title : Stitch X For Murder

    Submitted by : Darja Deranged Doctor

    Book description : Book cover design for Stitch X For Murder, by ACF Bookens.
    Cozy Mystery cover design by Nancy, Deranged Doctor Design.

    Alexander von Ness : This cover design looks to me like it’s made of two unrelated covers. I guess it was the client’s wish and the designer unfortunately relented under the client’s pressure. The upper part of the cover is great but the lower part spoiled the whole composition of the cover. Instead of everything looking as a single entity, the top and bottom of the design seem to collide with each other. The choice of colors is good.



  • The Bear

    Designer :
    Milo from Deranged Doctor Design


    Book Title : The Bear

    Submitted by : Darja Deranged Doctor

    Book description : Book cover design for The Bear, by Jamie Lee Grey.
    Post-Apocalyptic cover design by Milo, Deranged Doctor Design.

    Alexander von Ness : Great cover design! If this competition had two winners, this cover design would be the second winner. Everything is done properly. Composition, typography, color tonality, everything is done very professionally. I would love to see the next book when it is designed 😉