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December 30, 2019
By Michelle Argyle

Design Note #1: The picture of a boy with a bloody nose helps get across the idea that this is a story about bullying. The original cover struggles to convey this.

Design Note #2: Short titles are nice in that you can do a lot to make them large and stand out. I decided to use a tall, thin font to maximize space. At the same time, the aged texture lends a gritty, punchy feel to the overall tone.

Design Note #3:I wanted the title to be the first thing the reader notices. I accomplished this by superimposing a blurry, larger portion of the boy’s skin tones over the title.

Design Note #4: I like to follow the rule of thirds. I kept the boy’s eye (one of the focus points of the cover) more toward the right, creating a good balance with the title. This also allows the title to be the main focus of the cover.

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