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March 25, 2019
By Michelle Argyle

This month, Michelle Argyle at Melissa Williams Design reimagines the cover of Loathly, by indie author Erica Forrest, who called the redesign “everything romantic and elegant that I couldn’t ever produce with my own talents.”

Design Note #1: Making the author’s name dark purple helps draw the eye to the title. A lighter color would be too distracting.

Design Note #2: It’s easy to overdo typography on a cover. The lettering here is ornate and could compete with the background image, so I gave the colors and textures a minimal silvery appearance.

Design Note #3: The original cover has good balance, but the colors feel off for the genre. Making the girl’s dress and cape a dreamy purple really makes the cover pop. 

Design Note #4: The cover needs to immediately convey a sense of fairy tale and fantasy. I accomplished this with color scheme, image, and typography.

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