Which Cover Do You Like Best?

Rick and I are in the final stages of preparing Small Homes for the printers. We changed the cover from an earlier version, which showed a small turn-of-the-century home in Santa Cruz (in this revised cover, it’s the middle image in the left hand column), because a single image didn’t seem to represent the diversity of images (120 or so small homes) in the book. Hence the collage.

Below are two alternatives, the same except for the background color. In the one with the red, it’s similar-looking to Home Work, Builders of the Pacific Coast, and Tiny Homes on the Move. Some of our savvy book friends think it’s too similar, and that another color would distinguish it from the other books. Hence the other with the dark green background.

Comments, please. Which do you like? Do you see any problem in this cover being similar to our other books?

28 Responses to Which Cover Do You Like Best?

  1. Ray says:

    The green looks fine and helps to differentiate, as your colleagues rightly point out.

  2. Another Reader says:

    The green is easier on the eyes and contrasts with the color of the materials in the houses, making them stand out against the background.

  3. Monty says:

    I like the green because it makes it stand out from the other titles you've published.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The green cover is more pleasing.

  5. yep, i agree – i dig the green for all the reasons given above!

  6. mohaverat says:

    I think the words "new!" or "latest" should be added.

  7. Tom says:

    I think the red makes the photos brighter and clearer but it could confuse people. Suggestion: offer all three books as a set. I like to think your readers can differentiate the books.

  8. Green wins hands down. Think about how it would look in a pile with all the other shelterpub books (which is where my copy will be going!).

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like the top one much better….

    -it has more of a "unity" feel with other books
    -the houses in the photos stand out much better
    -the color/contrasts seem nicer

    *** in the top one, I can immediately identify / admire each individual house. In the bottom one it is sort of a jumble, and I have to work to sort of separate the houses from the background. (maybe I am just getting old and my color visions sucks..but…maybe not)

  10. rj says:

    Red by a significant margin. The green version blends too much with the colors and landscapes in the photos. Not sure I love the collage effect in general but it is ok.

  11. Immediately went for the green cover, switched back and forth, then went away for 20 minutes. Still prefer the green one.

  12. Green for sure. Green can be read warm or cool. In this case it reads cool or neutral in a way. It allows the warm colors in the house pictures to come forward. The red draws attention to itself and for no reason.

  13. The redwood coloured one makes the cover pop! The green one makes the pictures seem to all flow together. – Margy

  14. David Harris says:

    Green – definately

  15. I think that the red one is the way to go….the green makes the pictures recede…all that green in the foliage blends with the background. As far as it being too similiar to the other books….the people who know you and your work won't care, the people who don't "know"…won't care or be aware of the similiarities. I'd buy anything you made. The cover is a good one.

  16. Did I say "won't care"? Of course they care…but maybe "won't make a difference" is a better way to describe the situation? I like the red…and there's nothing wrong with continuity.

  17. Immediate and visceral response: the more harmonious top one. But be assured that the volume will be on this weaver's bookshelf whatever color is decided upon.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hey Lloyd
    I know what people mean when they say the red one looks too similar to the previous books. In fact my copies of your other books don't look all the same. Maybe different exposure to UV light…? I like the red one, but i think the green one looks better. Probably i would like it even more if the green colour of the background were a bit "warmer" with a bit more yellow in it. I also think that a change would look good. Consistency doesn't exist in the natural world.
    But as many other people here have said here already, your books are special.Even if the cover were all black i would still buy them…

    Good luck with your choice.

  19. I agree that they look similar to the others but that is your style. The green background does set it apart so I choose green…

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  21. Green for sure. While the red does bring out the contrasts and makes the images stand out more, I am immediately drawn to the green. It feels more comfortable I guess.

  22. Klaas V. says:

    Red. Better contrast with the photo's and blends in nicely with the rest of your books.
    Cheers, Klaas.

  23. jim blodgett says:

    I have several of your previous books and give them as presents. Love them. That being said I think the red cover makes the green foliage in the photos "pop" a little better, giving more definition to each photo, more depth and detail. Dance with who brung ya, Lloyd. Go with the red.

  24. I'll vote for the Green…like others have said, I'd buy it no matter WHAT you choose as a color. I'm looking forward to this new book of yours. aloha

  25. Anonymous says:

    The green does feel softer, more harmonious.

  26. Dominic says:

    When I put all the books side by side to compare the covers, I notice that most of the letters are yellow but really only Homework has some red solid colour, and that red is different from the one used for Tiny Homes on the Move.
    Builders of the Pacific Coast has brown from the fence as a solid colour, and only the main title letters from Tiny Homes Simple Shelter are red.
    I most definitely think that Small Homes should have its own colour and be green.

  27. debbiesue says:

    Pretty dang exciting….that's our cabin in the upper left. We LOVE it!

  28. desertwildflowerlv says:

    I like the green.

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