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Judging a Cover by its Book: Choose the cover direction for NO LOVE ALLOWED

Hi Swoon Readers,

We are all really, really excited to be able to share the cover directions for NO LOVE ALLOWED with you. I’m sure you all remember Kate Evangelista‘s fabulous fun novel about a rich boy, an impulsive artistic girl and a party-filled summer with only one rule: Don’t fall in love!

(But if you’ve somehow managed to miss it, no worries, you can click here for more information and to read the first draft!)

Designer Liz D. has done an amazing job with these cover directions, and has explained a little of her thought process for each below. (For more information about the difference between a cover direction and the final cover click here.)

No Love Allowed_Picnic_Cover
Picnic Cover
Picnic Cover
Does this look a little like a still from Taylor Swift’s Blank Space video? Good, because that was the inspiration for this direction! I want to steal this girl’s dress. And her sunglasses. And maybe the guy, too. I wrote the title with a brush because Didi is a painter, and nestled a crossed out heart in her hand, just in case the title wasn’t clear enough. Image credits: Photo © Ikonica / Getty Images
No Love Allowed_Pool_Party_Cover
Pool Party Cover
Pool Party Cover
Fun. Summery. A little sexy. That’s what I was thinking about for the pool party cover. It’s not based on a particular scene in the book, but I think captures the book’s tone really well: It has a cool and unusual perspective. It’s super bright. And it’s hot down there. I had a great time with this one, especially playing with the type in the grass and sprinkling flowers everywhere. I also owe many thanks to a very lovely fellow-designer here at Mac Kids who modeled for me for this cover. It wouldn’t have come together without her, and my friend, Jordan Levie, who put together a last minute photo shoot for this. If it goes to final, we’ll probably re-shoot with a professional model, and I’ll definitely tweak everything to make sure the perspective and proportions are correct. Image credits: Photo of girl by Jordan Levie, additional photos from Shutterstock
No Love Allowed_Fireworks_Cover
Fireworks Cover
Fireworks Cover
This was the first cover I designed for No Love Allowed—in fact, it’s from before the title changed. As soon as I read the 4th of July scene, I knew it was going on one of the covers. I could see Didi and Caleb kissing, silhouetted against the fireworks, with the title written in sparklers above them. So that’s exactly what I did! Then I set Kate’s name and the tagline in an art nouveau font as a nod to the book’s Gatsbyish themes. If this direction is chosen, I would rework the title type to look less like a font and more like actual sparkler-writing. Maybe we could even do a photo shoot… on a lake… with fireworks… Not that I’d ever try to get work to pay for a party for me! Image credits: Photos from Shutterstock
No Love Allowed_Gatsby_Cover
Gatsby Cover
Gatsby Cover
It’s always fun to hear what an author was picturing for the cover of their book—though it can be tricky when their vision doesn’t line up with mine! Luckily, that wasn’t the case here. Kate wanted to play up the Roaring 20s theme and show a scene from one of the many lavish parties in the book. She sent some gorgeous illustrations over as examples, but I ended up using a photograph because I didn’t want the book to look like historical fiction when it’s set in the present. I wanted lots of sparkles on this cover too, so I stole the floating lantern from the last scene in the book and added them to this one. Image credits: Photo of girl © ILINA SIMEONOVA / Trevillion Images, lanterns from Shutterstock
No Love Allowed_Dock_Cover
Dock Cover
Dock Cover
There are a lot of parties in No Love Allowed, but they’re not the only thing the book is about. I knew I wanted to show an option where Didi and Caleb aren’t dressed up or acting for an audience. Holly and I were brainstorming, and she suggested showing Didi and Caleb on a dock. I love how this photo captures a sweet, private moment—and that it’s a little goofy, too. I like having their feet stretched over the title. Image credits: Photo © Image Source / Getty Images

Cover voting is now closed! Thanks for all your help! 

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