So my readers, all three of you 😉 will notice I’ve deleted some pages that have just been placeholders since starting this blog in October of 2008. I will be moving the site to in a few months or sooner perhaps. I’ve never filled those pages as I soon realized the limitations of properly displaying my work made it not worth the effort here. So the new site will have a little bit different structure and will consolidate my portfolio on what I hope will be a much easier to manage and update platform. I’m looking forward to that. In the meantime you can find some cover samples on my old website: Sue Campbell Graphic Designs. In fact that site will become the domain for this here blog.

I’ve “rethunk” the purposes and direction of this site many times since starting it. And I’m curious to know what kinds of information you’d like to see on the blog or on other static pages? Downloadable articles and design tips? Photoshop “recipes”? Marketing ideas? A work in progress section—where you can vote on your preferences for cover designs? Links to writing and design contests? Please comment if you have ideas! And thanks.

A new book cover design archive…


I’ve come across a wonderful new site displaying “the best in book cover design” (as selected by these folks). It does look to be very eclectic and inclusive of good works. I’ll let this other blogpost tell the story sinice they did it so well. The FontFeed blog also looks to be a good source for articles on design and typography. Here’s the direct link to The Book Cover Archive.

I haven’t blogged about design in a long time. Here are a couple of good design blogs I’ve just run across. First i Love typography is a blog about typography! It’s lovely, simple clean and a great source for font ideas and design ideas also. This guy knows his fonts! Play the font game! (I’m in the “hall of fame.”)

designAnd this one webdesignerdepot. Lots of good articles on webdesign like this one about blog design. Lots of great design links too.

I like to think that as a designer my color acuity is fairly accurately attuned. Well, it is pretty close. I got a 16 with zero being a perfect score. Try it! click the link to Test Your Color I.Q. My results are shown below. What’s yours?

Here’s project I’m working on. This book Sun, Sin & Suburbia: An Essential  History of Modern Las Vegas by Geoff Schumacher has done well. It’s in its third printing and is now going to go into paperback. This is the time a book often gets a new cover. Why? Well in this case, the book has been revised and expanded so it’s almost like a new edition. But often books released in different formats simultaneously are given different cover in each iteration.

The reasoning is that the cover functions as the billboard for the book, and as such it attracts the chosen audience. A paperback might have a little bit different demographic to appeal to than a hardbound book. Books released in different countries also have completely different covers—to appeal to the cultural idiosyncracies of the country of release. Some books have been released for both adult and children’s markets, Harry Potter for instance. In that case, in Britain the covers for the adult version were different from the children’s versions. Though, in the US there was only one version of the books—which bore a different cover than either of the British versions.

Our book Sun, Sin & Suburbia is now going on five years old. Aside from the new material and format it was time for a freshening up.

Here are the old version (on the left) and the new version of the covers. I welcome comments on the change!