So excited to be a part of Armchair BEA this week! For those unfamiliar, this online conference takes place beside BEA (BookExpo of America) for those unable to attend. This is my first year participating and I’m already having a blast. Today we’re discussing aesthetics, both book and blog based.
How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type? How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the inside?
Ugh, I judge books by their covers far too often. This doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily by the book, but I’m more likely to reach for them in a bookstore or click on them on a website if the covers are pretty. Sometimes you’re often let down, a book can have a stunning cover, but this doesn’t mean the story inside is anything to write home about.
I used to not be too bothered with the condition of my books, whether I owned a paperback in a series and the rest hardbacks, or if the covers didn’t match, but I’ve become a vain bookworm! I was in a frenzy when we learned the publisher was going to change the cover art for the final book in Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy and I’m so glad they decided to listen to readers because look at how pretty the books look together.
I’m actually trying to be better at accepting that just because a book isn’t in pristine condition or because it comes in paperback and not hardback, it’s still the same story and if I’m really serious about saving money, I need to buy more used and paperback books. I’m trying. I will say that it sometimes drives me crazy when models on covers do not match the ones in the book. There is one cover in particular that features a brunette on the cover, but the protagonist is blonde. I do not understand how that came about.
As a book blogger, in whatever form that takes, branding is important. Your colors, your fonts, your style of review, all of these things come together to make the “brand” of your blog – something that makes your reviews and posts and websites, all your various content, immediately recognizable to the people looking for you. What do you do to create a brand on your site? Do you think about these things?
When I first started blogging, I knew nothing about blog graphics or anything. My blog had a very simple look to it and I started incorporating my own photos to give it that “me” vibe. I wasn’t satisfied (mostly because I wasn’t that great a photographer) and spent every few months revamping my blog. Then I came across Canva when a fellow blogger did a post on how she designed her blog’s graphics. It was a lifesaver. I was able to make my own graphics and eventually found a consistent and pleasing design for everything. Finding the right colors, designs, fonts took a while, but I finally feel that my blog’s aesthetics reflect me as a blogger.
How important are book aesthetics to you? Do you make an effort to make sure your books match in series? Does it ever drive you crazy when the cover doesn’t match the content inside? How have you developed your blog’s look? Have any sites you’d recommend to bloggers looking to redesign their graphics? If you’re participating in Armchair BEA, be sure to leave a link to your own post in the comments!