The more detail you provide, the better. Include dimensions, font styles, mood, style of imagery to include, etc.
We want a book cover that:
*Is something a reader would want friends, family, and strangers to see them read (i.e. reading it publicly, displaying it publicly, or posting it on social media would make them feel/seem smarter, better, or stronger— not obnoxious, week, or cringey).
We experimented with a few specific designs. One that was just text and a gear icon; the other had a magnifying glass icon. Both of these images/icons are owned by us and included if you want to use them We prefer the gear icon, but find it a little childishly edgy. The second design option we explored was to use the imagery and aesthetics of 1950s ads. We came close to pulling the trigger on this one, but couldn’t think of a good way to structure positioning.
Ultimately we still very much like the gear icon and the idea of structuring the cover like a vintage ad, but ultimately just gave up. Our next step might have been to experiment with retro-futurism based designs, ultra simplistic designs, or a better rendition of what had inspired us earlier.
We really don’t have much direction other than to tell you what ideas have inspired us in the past. The only design choice we are certain of is using the gear icon before or after the title on the spine of the book.