I would really really really really really like to hear your opinions on Marie Lu's WARCROSS cover. Like, really.
SO this cover has been Much Discussed since its release earlier today and I have seen some very mixed reactions. understandable. it’s a weird rainbow cube.
But I actually like it? I appreciate the non-traditional, very dynamic way to present the title. It’s definitely Out There conceptually, and kind of obtuse in terms of semiotics; like, what are we looking at here? A Rubicks cube but……. future? gaming? sci-fi? what? But I’m in favor of weird abstractions on the cover as long as they’re relevant and interesting, and the colors/ iridescent metallic effects here are SUPER striking. The motion blur effects could have been handled a little better, but that’s a nitpick. There’s a very slight tilt shift/ depth of field blurring and it’s v classy; one of the hardest things about doing a Single Photorealistic Item as ur cover focus is maintaining some sense of depth (and therefore visual interest) despite your object ostensibly not existing in a real space; this nails that. Given that the goal here is basically to communicate “VIDYA GAMES/SLEEK TECHY STUFF” and there’s any number of super obvious/ less interesting ways they could have gone with that, I think this is a cool, surprising solution, executed well. And it’s super unique; I can’t think of a single cover to compare it to.
(I’ve had design teachers espouse that good design is liked by all but great design is always going to have some people passionately hate it. I don’t know if I’d call this great design, but there’s something to be said for inherent controversy of opinion re designs that take real creative risks.)
Also, regarding the Queen’s Thief covers that have been asked about (still working on a full post for those, BUT), the War Cross cover is actually a good entry into “cover designers using 3D rendered text/ objects.” And, wouldn’t you know it, there’s a reason; Lu linked to the person who designed this and they specialize in 3D modeled typography; like, that’s their entire instagram gallery. @ art directors take note.
I’m also gonna take this opportunity to look at Lu’s other covers, bc they’re not very good.
I want something more out of the Prodigy and Chamion covers, and the Legend one is FORCE FEEDING ME DROP SHADOWS AND RLY FAKEY TEXTURE/ DIMENSIONAL EFFECTS, I’M CHOKING, PLEASE HELP, ALSO NONE OF THEM GO TOGETHER AT ALL?
Regarding the Young Elites series, um, there’s a difference between typographically driven and “hey we just put some type over some textures” and this is rly straddling the line. They also don’t look great together, and. lol. how bout those SUPERIMPOSED WOLF EYES.
I’m not saying it looks like a werewolf romance novel but I don’t have to.
the evidence speaks for itself.
bet y’all didn’t expect this post to end on werewolf smut, did you.
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