Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for KISS CAM

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Hey Swoon Readers,

We can’t even begin to explain just how freaking excited we are to present the four fabulous cover directions for KISS CAM! We know a lot of you have been waiting for this one for a while, and we can’t wait to see what you think of the different options.

If you aren’t yet familiar with Kiara London’s sweet and refreshingly modern love story between two vlogging best friends, hurry your butts over to the KISS CAM page and fix that pronto.

Swoon designer extraordinaire Liz D. has put together four awesome cover options for you to choose from, and has shared some thoughts about her inspiration behind each one. (For more information about the difference between a cover direction and the final cover click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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Kiss Cam Close-Up

The first thing I thought to put on the cover of Kiss Cam was, well, kissing! I mean, it's right there in the title, not to mention the story itself. I've had this photo saved for a while, waiting for the right book to come along for it. It's very sweet, and the black-and-white feels so romantic. We all love the Kiss Cam cover that's been on the site, so I pulled our favorite elements from it, like the record button and the handwritten type tucked under their chins. The messy type keeps it from feeling toooo sweet, and I love hot pink against a grayscale image.

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Kiss Cam Lip Prints

MUAH! MUAH! MUAH! This is my graphic approach to showing all those kisses. It's fun and loud and . . . I don't actually have much more to say about it. I think this cover is great, and it speaks for itself!

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Kiss Cam Full Body

First we had the close-up, now the camera's pulling back! I love the way they're leaning in toward each other, but they look a little hesitant, too. Just like how I imagine Juniper and Jasper were before they really dove in. This cover doesn't have the actual REC button on it, but the camera light is implied with the red dot in the i, and the brackets around the title mimic a video frame.

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Kiss Cam Triptych

How do you show the passage of time on a book cover? Video is all about movement; book covers, obviously, are still. This is my answer: Use multiple frames, as if you were scrubbing through a video's timeline. I love that this way you get to see the anticipation of the kiss, the kiss itself, and the after. I added moire, so that would the images would look like they're actually on a screen. The type is simple, but the way the letters curve toward one another feels romantic, too.

Have any comments or suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

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19 comments on "Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for KISS CAM"

Celinda Labrousse on Nov. 24, 2015, 9:44 p.m. said:

Celinda Labrousse


Kiss Cam Lip Prints PLEASE!

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cleeeo13 on Nov. 9, 2015, 1:35 p.m. said:

cleeeo13


Definitely the lip prints for me! I'd definitely pick that off a bookshelf. I love the vibrance of the red against black, and the font is absolutely gorgeous. It's beautiful in its simplicity 💖💖

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Lisa Buscemi Reiss on Nov. 6, 2015, 9:46 a.m. said:

Lisa Buscemi Reiss


Lips! :)

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Kevina Oyatedor on Nov. 5, 2015, 12:11 p.m. said:

Kevina Oyatedor


So i finally decided to choose the close up and triptych ones.

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Sabrina.Fox on Nov. 5, 2015, 10:19 a.m. said:

Sabrina.Fox


The one with all the lips all over it is so appealing to me! Hopefully this one gets picked. :)

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Stephanie on Nov. 5, 2015, 6:14 a.m. said:

Stephanie


I kind of love them all. GR artist did a great Jo b portraying what's inside the book. But... The one that stands out the most is the kisses. It's bright, colorful and I don't think I've see it before. The kissing covers have been done to death- though I will say the one with the fence is my favorite of the group.

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Jacklyn Reitz on Nov. 4, 2015, 11:21 p.m. said:

Jacklyn Reitz


I looove the close up one! It's simple and to the point.

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Jordan Bishop on Nov. 4, 2015, 10:09 p.m. said:

Jordan Bishop


Lip prints for sure!

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K.R. Smith on Nov. 4, 2015, 7:10 p.m. said:

K.R. Smith


I guess I like the Close-Up cover the best.

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Sarah Blood on Nov. 4, 2015, 6:21 p.m. said:

Sarah Blood


The lip prints is the only one I'd pick off the shelf in a bookstore, so that one!

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