Category: 30 Covers 30 Days

Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

Day 14 finds us with another cover:

Amberina Glass

Cover design by Marvin Forte based on a novel by NaNoWriMo Participant 

Shelley JoAnn Brown-Pruett:

Amberina Glass is a widowed school teacher with red hair, a heart of gold, and a Pinkerton badge pinned to her brassiere. Trying to survive on her own during the Great Depression has inspired her to take on extra work, and she is hired by the agency to infiltrate the lives of workers in the local auto plants and identify possible union organizers. When tensions rise around the city and the National Guard is called in to keep the peace, Amberina’s heart of gold is called into question as she finds herself (and her students) at the center of violence during the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-7.

Cover Design by Marvin Forte

I’m Marvin Forte, the “why?” guy. I specialize in creative, intuitive design that’s simple and elegant. I’m a graphic and web designer living in the greater Portland, Oregon area. I’ve worked in print since 1988 and the web since 1998. My designs have bolstered projects for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Final Four, and the San Francisco Giants. I’m a former president of AIGA Arizona, and served on the AIGA Chapter Advisory Council.

Check out more of his work here, or get in touch with him via his website!

Head on over the forums! There might be a fun surprise waiting over there.

(Hint: It’s a discussion thread).

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Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

It’s day 13, everyone!

Unmasked

Cover design by Holly Aguilar, based on a novel by Young Writers Program participant Meg Paulson:

Claire, a sophomore, attends Willow Creek High School, except it isn’t what it seems. Set up by the government, the students learn to develop superpowers. When Claire becomes too powerful, she develops a dangerous enemy. Now, grades, archenemies, and making friends are the least of her worries.

Cover design by Holy Aguilar

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Holly Aguilar is an award-winning designer and illustrator, so if anyone does judge your book by its cover, she’s got you…covered. By day, Holly is a Design Director at Balcom Agency, the largest marketing firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Learn more about the Balcom Agency on their website.

Holly is so great that she went out of her way to design an alternate cover! Check it out:

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And also, join us over on the forums to discuss the cover, etc.

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Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

Day 12! What a lovely day!

Black Birds

Cover designed by Joe Schwartz based on a novel by NaNoWriMo Participant Jay Lee:

1883. Johnson’s Hole is a dying town. The gold’s run dry. Henry already struggled to feed his family, but now jobs are even more scarce. Henry fears he’ll have to leave with the other discouraged miners. Until a silent newcomer enters town, bringing a new rush for gold and pulling Henry into a mystery far deeper than any mine. Tommyknockers are very real, and they’re not the only thing that followed miners to Colorado.

Cover Design by Joe Schwartz

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Joe Schwartz has been a professional graphic designer, art director and design educator for more than three decades. In addition to his design work, Joe lives in New Jersey and is currently a design instructor at Spotswood High School, an adjunct professor of design at Kean University and is a cofounder of DESIGN-ED, a 501©3 nonprofit design education organization. He is also a proud husband and dad to his wife Dawn his two sons, Jonathan and Jason.

Find out more about DESIGN-ED on their website, and follow the on Facebook and Twitter!

As I say every day, every single day, to the point that I’m running out of new ways to say it: There’s a forums thread, and you should totally come hang out and discuss the cover and be generally chill!

Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

Here’s our day 11 cover:

Take Me With You

Cover Design by Lauren Vajda, based a novel by NaNoWriMo participant Nikki Powell:

Carmen is a woman of the world who has never traveled anywhere. Her work as a passport administrator gives her a glimpse at the travels of her clients but what’s keeping Carmen from hitting the road? And will she be smart enough to take the shot when she has it?

Cover design by Lauren Vajda

Lauren
Vajda is a designer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She embraces
designing solutions for clients big and small but strives for making an impact
on educational and non-profit organizations. When she’s not designing, she is
likely hiking with her family, attempting to become the next Star Baker, or
reading a good book (or three). Check out her website to see more of her work!

Join us over on our forums thread for the discussion!

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Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

Day 10 is here! How time flies!

The Bone Orchard

Cover design by Jesse Hernandez, based on a novel by NaNoWriMo Participant Nikki Hernandez:

She has spent her whole life tending the Orchard, making sure the bodies are stripped down properly and the bones arranged just so. It all has to be perfect if the seedling in the skull is to sprout, the tree to grow, the trunk to split and the person to walk forth again…

Cover Design by Jesse Hernandez

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Jesse Hernandez is a senior graphic designer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he was a double major in graphic design and animation. For eight years Jesse was an independent brand designer working with clients like Hasbro, the City of Providence, and Brown University. Jesse works with his cat and dog when possible.

You can find Jesse online at jessehernandez.cc and on Twitter and Instagram @jessesans.

As always, join us over on the forums for discussion!

Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

Day 9! What a momentous day. Our second perfect square!

WAYFASS: Wishes and Dreams

Cover designed by David Hisaya Asari based on a novel by Young Writers Program Participant Claire Geddis:

Wish has always dreamed of becoming a spy. Just as she’s about to give up, she receives an acceptance letter to the school WAYFASS: Warfare Academy For Young Female Assassins, Spies, and Stealth. It’s located on a remote woodland island where the classes take place is treehouses. She finally feels she finds a place where she belongs because of the friends she makes.

Cover Design by David Hisaya Asari

David Hisaya Asari is a graphic designer and design educator, based in Oakland, California. He teaches at California College of the Arts, focused on graphic design and information visualization; and he leads a Japan study abroad course. David is President Emeritus of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. He serves on the national board of AIGA’s Design Educators Community.

Here’s a forum thread! What a world!

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Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

Day 8 has arrived. Week 1 Squad did a great job, and now it’s time for Week 2 Squad to carry the torch:

Mallum

Cover designed by Samantha Barnes, based on a novel by NaNoWriMo Participant Corrina Campbell:

The year is 1939 when Rose and her parents stumble upon the strange island of Mallum, where the people are happy and the technology is like nothing they’ve ever seen before.

But wonder soon turns to terror as Rose discovers this island is hiding a dark secret. She must summon up all her courage and cunning to find a way to escape.

Cover Design by Samantha Barnes

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Samantha Barnes is an adjunct professor at Tulane University, digital designer, and front-end web developer in New Orleans. Follow her Instagram for illustration process work and education, engage with her on Twitter, connect with her in LinkedIn, or visit her website for more information.

Check out our daily forums thread and join the discussion!

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Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

It’s Day 7! Here’s the final cover of our first week:

Disposable Income

Cover designed by Patrick King, based on a novel by NaNoWriMo Participant Tish Heath:

A city takes drastic measures for the environment by cutting out cars, jobs and products that pollute.   

Cover Design by Patrick King

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Patrick King is a designer and painter living in Brooklyn, NY. He is also the founder of TypographyShop.com, through which his typographic apparel and posters have sold to designers in 45 countries. He is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for his paintings and his work hangs in numerous public and private collections. King has taught copywriting at Temple University and graphic design at Philadelphia University. He studied design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and painting at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
King’s design work can be seen here, his paintings here and you can visit TypographyShop here.

As always, there’s a thread on the forums! Join it! Discuss the cover! Get in heated arguments! (No, don’t do that last one).

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Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

It’s Day 6, which is another wild day, and with it comes another great cover!

Self-Titled

Cover designed by Kelley Malone, based on a novel by Young Writers Program Participant Corey Ault.

A nineteen year old girl named Ashley is admitted into a mental hospital against her will after her friends misread a short mental breakdown she had after a breakup as something requiring genuine concern. The hospital is one in a bad neighborhood with one star reviews, and while staying the their, Ashley realizes how much power the doctors have over her.

Despite her insistence that she’s not actually in need of hospitalization, the doctors still keep her there for weeks against her wishes, injecting her with medication she doesn’t need, calling her crazy and looking at her with annoyance when she asks for basic necessities like food and water. She meets a man named John who was also admitted against his will by his crazy ex girlfriend who lied about him being suicidal, knowing he’d be detained against his wishes.

The novel will follow Ashley and John’s struggle to escape the mental facility, and all of the smaller conflicts they face along the way on their fight for freedom.

Cover Design by Kelley Malone

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Kelley Malone is a Creative Director specializing in branding and packaging design. She has been working in the retail industry for most of her 15+ year career. Currently, she leads the talented team creating private brands for Kohl’s Department Stores. Some of the brands she’s led creative for include Nine West, Elizabeth and James, Simply Vera Vera Wang, LC Lauren Conrad, Maxfli, and Food Network.

Find more of her work on her website!

As always, there’s a forum thread, and as always, it would be a great idea if you dropped in and participated!

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Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

Today is Day 5, which is a nice round number and feels significant:

Photographed

Cover designed by Cookie Redding, based on a novel by NaNoWriMo participant Alanna Lioness:

Photography and video are miraculous inventions with many merits, both for posterity and personal use. However, the recording of any living creature on film or by other means should be used sparingly and with the utmost care as upon that being’s death, their image will eventually disappear from the picture.”
When Emily’s sister Claire died in a horrific car accident, her family did what anyone would do. They removed every photograph they had of her and disposed of them before her likeness could disappear. Then they alerted all their relatives and friends that they should do the same. The world agrees, after all, that there’s nothing more haunting than discovering an empty photo of a dead person.

This is why Emily is so surprised when she finds an old Polaroid with a clear image of her sister on it in Claire’s room three years after the accident. Morgan, the high school’s resident conspiracy theorist, is convinced Claire must have been mixed up with something that would give her access to government level technology before her death. Emily, however, is not so sure. Is the Polaroid proof that her sister is actually still alive?

Cover Design by Cookie Redding

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Cookie Redding is an artist and designer living in south central Pennsylvania.  She works with a variety of materials and likes to incorporate them all into her work.  She currently is also a professor of art and design and loves when students have their “ah-ha!” moment with their work. 

As always, I’ve made a forum thread, so head on over and join the discussion!