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Designing A Book Cover Is Harder Than It Looks!

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I've been working hard to curate my coffee table book, Beyond 1316, but struggled with "writers block" while trying to design the cover. I thought I had it all figured out. I would shoot the cover on a trip to Mexico and use the minimalist, framed design layout of Selfish

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The shoot went well, and I started designing the layout, but I didn't LOVE it. So I turned to one of my best friends/Creative Director for feedback and she pushed me to put my face on the cover. I pushed back, but also knew that she was right and that I had to re-shoot. 

Since I'm self-publishing and curating the project myself, I wanted the cover image to be a self portrait. So I setup three different looks and got busy! After dozens of layouts, I was able to finalize the cover and get back to the inside content. 

Check out some of the covers that ended up on the cutting room floor:  

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