UPDATE: Avoid photographic cigarettes. Illustrative is okay. However, we want positive imagery. And, something people wouldn't feel creeped out by if reading it in public. No gross cigarettes on the cover.
BOLD and CLEAR. Big, easy to read title. Friendly. Positive. Instantly compelling. Exciting.
A color palette is attached. Please try to incorporate at least one of these colors into the cover. These colors are used for the author's new website branding.
A past iteration of the book included portraits of people who contributed their stories for the book. We would like to see designs that do not use the photos, and some that do. If the photos are used, the designer may choose how many photos (could be one or could be all) and in what form. No matter the imagery, the title and subtitle should still be very clear and able to be read at a quick glance.
As an alternative to using the photos, designers may try an all text and color block solution. Would also be very happy with a simple object illustration/image or bold poster style cover.
Brene Brown's books pull of strong, bold covers while still communicating beauty, joy and positivity.