Originally Posted by Firebrain
And THROBBS....thank you. That made my day.
Lovecraft, dude...that cover has serious issues! We don't employ cover artists for nothing...
I didn't mean to "tear down" Lovecraft's cover, however I did want to make it clear my position/view on the profession of design. There are certainly "issues" that could be refined in his cover, one has to assess what one hope to achieve and at what cost.
Sadly, I am FAR from meticulous, which is a bit of a detriment in design. On the other hand, I know designers who are way too fussy on "throw away" items, or what I call "theater design"... like trade shows> "dude! stop sanding the edges, no one will see that." "No need to make THAT 300 dpi, it is viewed from 12 feet." etc.
I *am* trained and experienced in design, and can spot an easy/lazily applied Photoshop outer glow layer style or unkerned ["out of the box"...no, not "think outside the box"...ack!] typopgraphy< if there are only three lines of type, one CAN spend ANOTHER half hour (or less) making adjustments.
If those seemingly minor adjustments are made, will it look better? I think yes.
Will it sell more copies? meh..*****bably.
Will it present the author's work as if it was important? yes.