Testing, testing, one, two, three

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve been trialling some cover designs for the Bike to Work Book. There have been some excellent suggestions and all the comments are taken on board. The cover has gone through a number of revisions, as seen here.

I’ve now had in a third-party submission from Daryl Edgecombe of printer-cum-design-agency Colourbox. I like it, but mainly as a graphic to be used in the book and maybe the back cover. However, what do you think?


On his blog, Daryl writes:

Carlton Reid has offered his book cover up for some feedback. This is a great idea which I admire, and a great way to gather some opinions before print (there’s not an awful lot you can do afterwards!). You can’t please all of the people all of the time, and I don’t envy Carlton’s job of sifting through the various comments! Bit worried he’ll end up with Frankenstein’s monster but from his replies so far, I think he has a fantastic attitude towards the task in hand.

Daryl is right, it’s a tough job sifting through the comments, and working out which I agree with and which I don’t. Right now, the cover is a work-in-progress and I’m still waiting for some commissioned photographs to come in. If they fit the space and the brief, they could be cover material.

So, please bear with us (the book is co-published by myself and Tim Grahl) while we agonise over the perfect cover. Would you prefer people on the cover or simple graphic images? It’s interesting that Paul Dorn of the US is going with a very simple graphic (and very similar strapline text) for his book, The Bike to Work Guide.