Can You Judge a Book By It’s Cover?

The last job for the new 2nd Edition of the Social Leadership Handbook: finish the cover. I’ve been literally tearing my hair out, trying to do the best job i can do. I’m entirely unsure why it’s harder than any other illustration, but maybe because it has to be both simple, and very informative at the same time. Plain text looks boring, but too busy and it’s confusing.

Social Leadership Handbook Cover Art 1

So: i’m #WorkingOutLoud and sharing the two designs in contention at the moment… Any thoughts welcome… But i reserve the right to do something entirely different tomorrow, which is the deadline!

Social Leadership Handbook Cover Art 2


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15 Responses to Can You Judge a Book By It’s Cover?

  1. Dale Larson says:


    I like the top (first) cover showing the journey.

  2. mmasarech says:

    I like the 1st. Congratulations on getting it done.

  3. curvygirl68 says:

    I like the 1st one. Can’t wait to read it! Congrats, Naureen

  4. rudolphyg says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to give an opinion. The first one works best for me. Love your work! Regards Ger

  5. Love the first one with the different ages leading to the social age. When I first saw that Image I thought ‘yes, that’s what’s happened!’ All the best! L

  6. Gary says:

    Hi Julian, I think the first illustration gives the best insight to what the books about.

  7. Michele Madden says:

    The first one.

  8. Definitely the first one – gives the potential purchaser context – the second one looks like it’s been nicked from a PowerPoint presentation. 🙂

  9. Ruaraidh Petre says:

    I prefer the first one too; it refers to the content more than the second. Well done.

  10. Andy Johnson says:

    Still like the first one best, Julian.

    p.s. Can I claim royalties on this blog-post title, as per our twitter conversation yesterday?! 🙂

  11. Bob Price says:

    I will join the crowd and say that I like the first one, though both do the job

  12. Rob Warwick says:

    The first – more organic, fewer straight lines and the dash of colour does it for me.

  13. First one for me matey.

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