I’m always interested in learning about design from the professionals.
Here’s Tom Forget talking about the design of young adult book covers. And here are some key points:
- Designers of YA covers are less likely to use images that are cropped or obscured than what you might see on adult covers.
- YA covers are not as abstract as adult covers. (“Don’t outsmart” the readers.)
- Trends are more important when it comes to the younger audience. Less so for adults.
- Don’t fall head over heels with your work because it may not be right. Which means you’ll have to scrap it.