Thursday, July 20, 2006

Please Judge a Book by its Cover

Finally, proof that I really AM writing a book! Here are the two potential covers for the soon-to-be sensational Vegan Lunch Box. (Click on the images to see larger, higher resolution versions.)

Contestant Number 1:

Contestant Number 2:

Right now, both covers are tied neck-and-neck here in the McCann household. Hubby is cheering for one, I am strictly a fan of the other. I'm not telling which is which, so as not to influence your opinion in any way.

Please help us decide by using the comments to let us know which cover reigns supreme, and which one belongs on the scrap heap. Thanks!

422 comments:

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kcrobin said...

#2!!!! #1 looks too manual-esque. Long time fan of VLB. Keep up the great work mama-shmoo.

kaivegan said...

I vote for #1.

hyphen_helena said...

I like #1. Ooo this makes me so excited!

draiodoirmna said...

#1

jenni said...

contestant number two.. she has a nice smile....

hee hee

Selmada said...

Personally, I love number 2.

But I'll ask a question - who in your household buys cookbooks? If the answer is you, then pick the cover that appeals most to you.

hyphen_helena said...

Oh goodness I just paid attention to the pictures. Does this mean that sushi and maple and oak leaves will be in the cookbook? If so, I'm delighted! I've always wanted to make some vegan sushi a la VLB but have no idea how and I was looking through the archives and the leaves caught my eye. Even more excited!

couscouscaboose said...

I'd say a combo of the two ... or #1. Like many have said, #2 seems unfinished.

Megger said...

number 2. the background reminds me of a lunch box kinda.

Tania said...

#1 And I will definitely be purchasing this book. You've totally inspired me to add more vegan meals into our diet (baby steps -- not going totally vegan right away ;)).

TheWay said...

I like the first one, but I would say go with what your heart is telling you. I would hope it'd be something you'd want.

Thanks again for the inspiration!

The Disordered Cat said...

1

bagwasher said...

Number 1

Katrina said...

numero uno - hands down.

good luck!

Em said...

Definitely contestant number one!

Fastveggie said...

Number 2!! Number 2!! But with the purple stripe on the bottom--I don't think you need it at the top, too.

Melinda said...

#1

Krista said...

number 1 stands out more. Can't wait to buy the book!

tatiana said...

I'm all about simplicity... I like Number TWO! Either cover - I am still buying your book!

t. said...

I would do the folliwng. Number one BUT with the striped background of number two. To me that is a real killer combination!

spiritree said...

Definitely, DEFINITELY number one. without a doubt.

p.s. i love you and shmoo!

Donna said...

# 2

KLN said...

I'm buying it either way, but I think the stripes are cute cute cute!

redmomma822 said...

#1. Simple not flashy and main stream looking.

Meagan said...

Number 2. And thank you so much for your blog. It is fab. I am looking forward to the book, no matter which cover wins!

mary~ said...

DITTO what leah said, i was thinking the same thing...
peace&blessings
mary~

sarah said...

I love #1!

vegipunk said...

I am going with Contestant Number 1. As others have stated, the stripes in number 2 seem to be distracting and the colors do not seem to complement one another overall

Zach & Lori said...

#2 - with the purple bar at the bottom from #1

Isa said...

I vote for the 2nd one, the purple bars are too much of a contrast for me...

spaceprostitute said...

I like #2

#1 with the purple bars and otherwise monocolored background makes it look like a pamphlet from the USDA. #2 looks like a cookbook and something that would catch my eye in a bookstore and make me want to purchase it. I guess maybe this could work either for or against it depending on your view, but looking over at my shelf, Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan has a similar effect and it's one of the things I noticed about the book and made me pick that over a couple of other books out there (superficial, I know, but it's the truth).

Laurie said...

I vote for #2... but if you could add the purple bars from the top and bottom of #1 to it... it would pop even more.

maikib said...

i like #2 as well... and agree with laurie's comment... we want your name to stand out!

water dog said...

the first one

harlemgrrl said...

totally contestant #2

(wow, go away for a few days and the comments go c-c-c-crazy :)

kate.e said...

Number Two, because it adds a sort of funky 'diner-esque' look to the book. I think that the purple stripes on the bottom and top make the book look smaller on the first one, and the vibrant colour distracts from the pictures of your yummy food!

Lauren said...

number two!

guard16 said...

#1

leenie said...

numba one, for sure

proletariat_rag said...

Oh do make it #2!

Miss Scarlett said...

#1
All the way.

irish-girl said...

#1 for sure

Cherice said...

I love the stripes. #2

Stonetree said...

Number 1 - the stripes are nice in number two, but you need the color bars to punch out your name, it gets lost on cover number 2.

You are great! I am so excited for the book.

Cari said...

I vote #2. The first one looks too much like my education textbooks of past.

Bridget said...
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Bridget said...

I like #1. Like many others, I find the stripes distracting.

Eve said...

I like #2.

Daily SAHM said...

Tough decision... they are both great. But if forced to make a decision I would choose #1.

Can't wait till your book comes out!

Jennifer said...

while i like the stripes i think the more graphic nature of #1 would be the attention grabber on the shelf.

Choi Gaau said...

# 1

Luv said...

definitely #1.

wendy said...

This was a toughie, but I'm gonna have to go with #2!

Claire said...

I like both but the color bars around the names on number one are GREAT...so, my vote is for number 1.

vegancore said...

I think #2, but with the purple bars from #1. I like the stripes. I can't wait for this book!

Zachary said...

Hey Jennifer! I like them both. Put a vote down from me for whichever one is your favorite!

Love ya!
Zach

scs said...

Wow! I just checked out the mock-up combo that AmyT made and I have to say it really works (both purple bars and stripes). I definitely would have thought that would be too "much" but it is superb.

Also, I agree with the poster who said "10 weeks" sounds like not a lot. "Fifty meals" or "Fifty lunches" sounds more like the book is worth the $$, even though it's the same amount of lunches.

Also, when are you going to tell us which one you liked vs. which one your husband liked? 255 inquiring minds want to know...

Farah said...

Absolutely #1.

Nicki Baker said...

personally, I like #2. It is a little more whimsical and eyecatching. Let us know when it is out, and I'll definitely buy it!

Melissa said...

I like #2 :)

Brooke said...

#1

Kristina said...

I like contestant number 1. The stripes of 2 distract, make it much less pleasant to look at, and more difficult to read.

ThisIsKia said...

#2, ROCKS!!!

Jane M said...

#1 definately....think it will stand out on the shelves better!!!

Missy said...

I vote number 1. I think the stripes are distracting. Nice designs on both, though. Good Luck! I can't wait to get this book.

Judy said...

i THINK NUMBER 1 IS BETTER-CLEANER, MORE VIVID-
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IT!

Anna said...

I vote for NO STRIPES

a-sachin said...

Number 1 for sure.
The stripes are cute but not eye catching like #1

menmyteddy13 said...

I like #2.

Irihapeta said...

I think No 2 is classier. Good luck with the decision. (Will you sell it on Amazon so kiwis can buy it?)

dyfferent said...

Both are too wishy-washy. From a distance of more than about two feet they won't stand out enough to warrant further investigation. If you primarily will sell online, that's fine. But if you will be selling in bookstore you need something that can compete with more commercially designed books.

I'm a bookseller for what it's worth, and books that look like that just get returned. People can't really SEE them.

Jackie said...

I like the second one with the stripes :)

silkfetus said...

#2

itsybitsygod said...

Number 2 but I agree with dyfferent. On the shelf there are so many competing books that cover design is really important. The colors could be bolder. VwaV's cover was brilliant because it was so eye catching and the colors really stood out. Even if I hadn't specifically gone to the store to buy it I would have picked it up off the shelf.

Catmintherb said...

I vote like Leah, #2, but preferably including the purple bars. The background on number two is nice. :)

Pure Zuke said...

Longtime lurker and new Vegan... you;ve inspired me to make the change!

I vote for #1 for most of the reasons already listed. Stripes are a bit distracting and the color bar really does pop out at you! I can't WAIT to buy this book!!!

ningostar said...

I like #1!

Beth said...

Number 2, definitely. Number 1 looks too generic to me. The stripes that many here expressly *don't* like are what make Number 2 the winner in my eyes. It's whimsical and fun. Congrats on the book! Ah, the power of the Internet!

Melody said...

Definitely #1! I think the purple borders make the graphics pop! I've been reading your blog for a while. I just purchased a bento box for my daughter to take to school--can't wait to try some of your recipes!!!

Ms. Trusso said...

I like the first one as well - seems a little more exciting than the second.

can't wait for hte books - remember to out loads of photos!!!

amy

erin said...

i like choice #1.
the bars help see your name more easily.

Brianna said...

Contestant 1! very cute. good luck!

Wanda said...

I agree, I like #2 better, but wold like the purple top and bottom from #1 on #1. The text and your name don't stand out on #2.

Kaidy said...

I vote for choice #1. It is clear and bold, the purple bars at the top and the bottom of the page draw attention to your name and the title. I think that the food in the lunchboxes gets lost in choice #2. The stripes are busy and the cover isn't framed. Seems to go on and on.

mom2specneeds said...

I vote for the first choice. The purple bars seem to outline the cover & give it focus. Plus the purple picks up the color of the lunchbox in the picture at the top.

S.B. said...

#2!

dizzymisslizzy said...

numero uno all the way!
will your book only be sold locally or will i be able to pick one up at the Waldenbooks?

Dobsonites said...

No. 2. The first one to me looks dull and if I came across it out of the blue, I'd think it was probably full of wholesome salads (which doesn't appeal to me!)

As an aside, I hope that your book doesn't have too many specialist ingredients. As an overseas buyer, I'm sick of vegan books that use lots of vegan cheese, sour cream etc or exotic grains or veges - things that just aren't available here.

Putnawa said...

I'm all for combining the two. I love the vertical stripes on #2, but you need the bold horizontal stripes on the top and bottom for ultimate contrast (especially as they're purple).

Kevin said...
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Kevin said...

I like the first one better.

malinda said...

#1 for sure!

The stripes remind me way too much of the How it all Vegan series and amke it too busy.

she2dancer said...

Voting for the first one! I like the stripes, but I think the first one is more striking! Can't wait!!!!

rabi said...

#1, but count me among those who would vote for a combo of the two! (purple bars + stripes)

ilu.- said...

#1!!! info is more visible..
...
#2 dosn't looks like a cover book :s

msmeowmixer said...

Definitely #1!!!

Chriswife :) said...

#1 is definitely more eye catching.

Mrs. Carlson said...

Number 1! I agree with the many comments that the stripes are too distracting and the purple makes the quotes pop. It looks more professional. However, I also see how putting the two together (stripes down and the bars across) might be even better!
Can't wait for the book!

Ozegrrl said...

I vote for #1 because the names pop out from the purple bars, but think it would be good to add the stripes from #2 to the background of #1. Love the retro feel and colors, can't wait to $BUY$ it !

Lori said...

I like #2 because #1 looks like so many other cookbook designs coming out now. Cover #2 is more unique.

My vote is for cover #2

Grumblebee said...

I like the one without the purple stripes. (2nd one) It looks more professional without the 2 purple bars.

jaydubmah said...

Two votes for number two (there are two of us; only one has a blogger account)!! It's campy and in the spirit of the Vegan Lunch Box. Fun and unpretentious. We can't wait to see it in the stores!

Jeff and Hilary

edgeofnormal said...

Both are nice. #1 is definitely more formal and serious. #2 is more fun and casual.

Just from what I know about you, I like #2 better for you. But I can tell you I will buy the book whatever the cover looks like!

funwithyourfood said...

Number 2 for sure

more classy

April said...

I vote for #2. I love the stripes.

April

mira said...

My personal choice is for #2 but ultimately I just want the book :-)

Honey said...

After looking again, I am going with my first impression--I like the first one because the trim makes it pop. The pictures and your name stand out.

*Will you please share where you get the cute tins you use, and in your laptop lunches, are those real or paper napkins?* :)

sarchan said...

#2 all the way!!!!!

YellowBellyHippy said...

I like number #1 ~ Im not a fan of pastels

KleoPatra said...

Numero dos, por favor!

:o)

I'm all about No. 2, Jennifer Shmoo!!

Kristy said...

Contestant #1 please

Jill said...

One stands out more to me. I agree that the stripes are a bit distracting.

Laine said...

I definitely agree with #2, but with the purple bar thingys from #1 :)

thesundaybaker said...

Yes,the strips on two is pretty but the food pictures on one does stand out more because of the neutral background.
Although, people do say "Don't judge a book by its cover", most people do anyway. Pretty pictures of food is more more important than strips on a cookbook cover.

Lane said...

I agree with Leah, is there a way to combine the purple stripes with the background stripes? If not, I vote for #2.

Marnie said...

Number 1 for me. It's cleaner, easier to read, and less femme.

CeeVeg said...

Number 1 is very appealing. There's an interesting site called Readerville where posters analyze what makes a book cover enticing or a "coveted" cover: http://www.readerville.com/WebX?14@26.l69fayiniQX.4@.efcd2bc

lizzie lou said...

i vote for number one, but they both look fabulous -- i can't wait!!!

Tracy said...

I love the second one - I love stripes!

shannon said...

I like the one with the stripes, it would stand out on a shelf and draw more readers/cooks to buy it

Emmy said...

I like #1 the best.

leila said...

er ... i don't even know how you're gonna count these votes, but i think the #2 one. the stripes down the middle make it look more like a book and less like an advertisement.

very much looking forward to your book!

love from leila

Kimie said...

I vote for number two.

Allie said...

Top one with the purple blocking in the letters.

The eye likes to be boxed in!

Vegan Kid said...

I like the 2nd one much, much better... but mostly because it reminds me of Sarah Kramer's books. I love your blog and would love to see you viewed independantly.

That being said, How much longer till I can buy this book?? :)

RockScissorsPaper said...

#2 with the added purple bars!

Can't wait!!

EatPeacePlease said...

I am the 327th person to comment? Whoa!

I vote #2. It is more pleasing on the eye, I really like the stripes, and the first one reminds me of more of a brochure type cover. The stripes are more friendly, but I suggest bolding the purple font with your name and the quote from Erik, so it stands out more. Or, what about dark purple and light yellow vertical stripes?

minetto said...

Hi there,
First, congrats on your new book!

Second, I vote for number one, as the purple bars help highlight the endorsement [and other stuff needing highlighting]. The purple bars seem to frame the whole thing as well better, giving it more punch.

I personally like the stripes of cover two as well.


As far as design goes I think there need to be a better colour unity. For instance, If some colours from the images are repeated in the design it increases the unity. Sometimes though it is better to restrict the choice to something manageable, like 3 colours. Using too many colours seem to create somewhat of a mish-mash effect that is distracting. Along the same line, perhaps making sure that the purple top banner and bottom one are the exact same purple...

Might be worth buying a couple of high quality fonts. Since it's quite a short paragraph, I would remove the indent before the "more than 10 weeks...' it makes the paragraph looks lopsided. Also the hyphens look like 'en' dashes right now [they are a bit too long].

Also, the photo on the bottom left is excellent. It's important that extra attention be paid to the food photography in general as this is what usually sells.

I think the 'value' statement [more than 10 weeks...] should be highlighted either on the top or bottom banner.

Hope this helps.
and cheers!

VeganDoc said...

I like number one with the purple stripes. Helps emphasize the endorsement from Erik Markus and highlights your name.

Oh yeah, and I definitely plan on buying your book, whichever cover you choose!

Alisha said...

I prefer the first cover. The bold purple stripes are very appealing and draw attention to specific parts of the cover. The second cover looks more like a scrapbook page and it seems like everything is running together.
Can't wait for the book, regardless of the cover!

Rachel said...

#2

Rachel said...

I vote for #1. I like that it is simple design. #2 looks a bit too busy with the stripes.

Nic said...

My vote is for #2

Marie said...

My vote is for #1. I agree with many others that the stripes are too distracting. Looks like a fun book! Can't wait to get it. Collecting vegan cookbooks is one of my hobbies! (I don't just collect them, though, I do actually use them :o)

VonJela said...

First one! :-) Though if you want to add the stripes to the first one - that might work but the Purple agreeing with the purple inside the lunchboxes is what helps it be eye-catching. Former Interior Design's student's opinion but it works elsewhere as well... :-D Let me know when you are done because I WANT ONE! I am SOOOOO tired of trying to figure out what to send with my toddler rather than letting him eat at school. Newbie at Veganing

Candace said...

I like them both but I think #1 will work the best

Tigger'sAunt said...

#2 - I like the stripes, but you might try to work a little more contrast in somehow. And does it matter if it is a little girlie? I am betting 99% of the people who buy it will be women. (Sorry to the hip vegan dad-sters.)

Beckie said...

I vote the First one, but it would be neat if you added the stripes to it as well...

I can't wait until it comes out...
I'm currently pregnant and my Morning Sickness is so bad that the only comfort I get is when I eat strictly Vegan, so when I found your blog a few months ago, I just had to rejoice...

Rabbi Phyllis said...

Number one!!!!!

triska said...

i vote number 1!

congrats!

La Turista said...

Number 2, all the way. Can't wait!

Sarah said...

I vote for #2, but of course they're both cute.

amaupin0402 said...

i heart the 2nd one. stipeys make me happy!

wonder if you cant come to a happy middle ground with them though, stripeys and the purple barrs across the top and bottom?

Cheryl said...

The second one looks more polished, in my opinion.

evilduck said...

I love the first design!

Marisa said...

I think both are cute, but I vote for number one since it's much more readable and clear. The purple bar is nice too. Can't wait for the lovely book, no matter what form it takes! :)

Vegan_1 said...

I like the top one. Can't wait to buy it!

Alice Clay said...

#1

On the second cover your eyes are drawn to the stripes, while on the first one your eyes are drawn to the food pics...which is the whole emphasis of the book in the first place.

nancy1964 said...

I like #2 but I think you need the purple boarder on it to make you name stand out more. I will be getting this book no matter what the cover looks like. Can't wait. Hope you are having a great Summer.

Micki said...

I choose version 2, but let's face it, I'm buying whatever version hits the shelves so go with what your gut tells you.

Lilian said...

I have no idea whether this is too late to chime in, but... since you asked! :)

From just looking at the smaller pictures, I had a feeling that version 1 was best because the purple in the top and bottom highlighted your name and the stripes seemed a bit distracting.

When I clicked and enlarged, though I loved both of them! But maybe #1 is better, I don't know. Either one will be great, I'm sure!

DDawnC said...

I vote for adding the purple bars from #1 to the #2 design.

threetoedsloth said...

I like the stripey one best, but yes, it might be improved by adding in those purple bars.

ruby said...

I vote for cover #1.
I love your blog. It's one of my very favorites.

Katie said...

My vote is for #1.

Good luck tallying all these votes!

Susan Hollingshead said...

The second one looks similar to another Vegan Cookbook in print, (I have it somewhere, I think it's called "How It All Vegan") and at first I thought you were the writer of that cookbook as a result (it's the stripes I think). So my vote is for the first one to avoid any confusion for anyone else.

Bread..Bread..Bread.. said...

Same as Leah:

"I vote for number two, but the ideal would be number two WITH the purple bar from one on number two highlighting the quote and your name, it adds an extra pop."

Aarwenn said...

I agree with Leah and bread..bread..bread... Stripes AND purple highlighting would be best, but if you can't do that, then go with #1, with the purple bars. What does the little Schmoo think? Does he agree with you or with Hubby?

mel said...

Stripes! #2 It jumped out at me more. I like it!

Sarah said...

As another reader with marketing not to mention book publishing and designing experience, I vote #1 hands-down. The contrast makes it pop and the plain background makes it easier to read the text quickly at first glance. I don't have to *want* to read the cover to read it.

A trick - Print them out life size and tape them to the wall a few feet apart where you'll see them often. After a day, see what you think. Does one draw your eye more?

Watty said...

I like #1 the best too, I do like the stripes, but like the contrast overall from #1

Skatched_Negitive said...

caxtYI do enjoy the stripes, but I would have to vote for number one. The purple divides the cover well, yet keep it simple. I think it looks better from a distance as well, which is a good thing to thing of to catch peoples eye if it ends up in the stores.

I would say add the stripes to the bars, but that would be to busy and get confusing to the eye.

I vote for the first one.

vegamy said...

Both are nice, but I think the first version helps break up the quote and author info from the title and pics. Have you tried a fusion of the two covers? Too much perhaps...

kitkatknit said...

#1 top one

TeaPriestess said...

I like the first one also. It brings attention to the author and makes it easier to see!

ajkktmom said...

I really like number one. I think the cover needs the banding of color at the top and at the bottom. Vegan Lunch Box is great. I'm so glad I found it from Nava Atlas' newsletter recommendation. You have so much energy to put together such fantastic lunches every day for your son! I am glad that my five kids never noticed that they pretty much got the same lunches over and over week after week! My fourth child is going off to college in August, but I still have a ten year old at home. You have inspired me to go beyond my standard fare and I am looking forward to making his lunches more interesting this year.....Will definitely look for the book at my local Borders!

Maryjamie said...

Two votes for number 1 (from me and my boyfriend). I promise I didn't tell him which one I had already picked!

laura jesser said...

I like number 2. The stripes make it so much more eye-catching for me. The bars in number 1 are nice, but I could do without them--all around, 2 just looks more fun. And with lunches as fun as those you've invented, it seems like the fun and peppy cover is the best way to go. Congratulations! Can't wait to see it available to buy!

tgka23 said...

I vote for number 1!

domesticdivadi said...

I'd pick #1. The stripes on the second one are visually distracting to me. Hubby and I have both worked as graphic designers in the advertising field and agree that the cleaner lines of the first cover are more visually appealing. Good luck!

katelicha said...

i like the first one! congrats on coming this far! can't wait for the release!

Sonya said...

Number one appeals to me the most - but number two's stripes do offer a more "kid friendly" feeling.

Jennifer said...

I vote for #1!! :)

Bananahead said...

I vote for the 1st one ... more eye-catching! Can't wait to get it!

s said...

number one!

Catherine said...

I vote for #1

Victoria said...

LOVE number 2!

Vera said...

Number one. :-)

trinjoy said...

Count mine as another vote for combining! Pink stripes AND the purple bars. If that's not an option, I prefer the purple bars (#1).

I'll buy it either way, though, and genuiniely like both covers!

Erika said...

Number 1.

And 379 comments!!!!

That's got to be a record of some kind.

Barbara said...

number one is the one I like.

Barbara

moonwatcher said...

Between the two I'll have to vote for #1, but I think a combination might work even better.

Can't wait till it comes out!

Monsoon Girlie said...

#2 all the way!

Katrina said...

Number 2!!

Elizabeth said...

I really like the stripes. I don't know what everyone else thinks because I just commented without reading the 384 other responses! Good grief--did you even read them all? Maybe you won't read mine either. ;-)

SaraAmarie said...

I am another for the stripes AND the purple bars!

Thistle said...

I like #2 a lot more. #1 doesn't look "finished".

tofufighter said...

#1

nava said...

I really like the stripes, but I also like the purple bands on the top one. Makes it look...clean.

CUNY Queen said...

number 1.
stripes are def. distracting.

Marie said...

#1 all the way

Crystal said...

I don't like the stroke on the title and asterisk. It's distracting and out of place.

I vote #1 with a solid colored title. (probably go with the blue.)

Otherwise, the drawn lunch boxes are adorable with their baby shadows.

Vegan Mum said...

Another vote for the combo here - both the stripes and the purple bands.

Keep up the great work; you are an inspiration - just hope your book is going to be available world wide, I shall be buying copies for my whole family! (I will have to get my cousin to send over some American sized measuring cups and spoons in preparation!)

juliana said...

I love the second one. I love the whimisical look of it and would be apt to purchase it due to the "kid friendly" look of it. :+)

Dori said...

I like #1 with the purple bands.

Candace said...

Not that the third option--stripey book with color bands--was offered, but I like it!

But if it came right down to it, I like the second one better than the first.

The Reluctant Vegan said...

I think the stripey one is prettier, but harder to read.

p said...

I vote #1.

truth said...

I vote for #2. Much more distinctive.

LadyRachelLynn said...

I like number 2! However, I agree with those who said that having something to highlight the title and author would be good.

Thanks for letting us say something about them. I'll be looking forward to it's appearance!

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