As mentioned above, this is the first in a series of books about polarities (written by multiple authors). The introduction to the book is attached below. The covers for the series must all be unique, yet the same – they need to hang together. We plan to use the same designer for all of the covers (probably 12-25 in total over the next 5-7 years).
We are looking for something clean and elegant that represents how two (seemingly) opposite things can come together to create new, third, thing that contains both yet eliminates neither.
The tool introduced in the book, the Polarity Navigator, is attached. Incorporating some aspects of it (in a stylized/abstract manner) is cool and probably smart – but not necessary.
We are also attaching a file that has some ideas of how pieces of the Navigator could be used. These are NOT the design, but what we like about them is they 1) speak a bit to the Navigator, 2) provide a clear option of how the covers of the series could easily be modified (the color/treatment of the shapes could be different for each book), 3) represent how the two poles (the horizontal arrows) combine in the upper vertical arrow to make something that contain both of the poles, and 4) are on the simpler side. What we don’t like about them is they look too much like the Christian cross – this could be because the colors look like stained glass which compounds the effect. Again, these are meant as initial ideas – by no means are they a design.
Because the word polarity is abstract and can seem heady we want to avoid anything that looks hard, overly masculine, or textbook-y. The cover needs to be inviting and simple, not complex or academic.
The size of the books will be in the 5x8 range. The first book will be about 150-175 pages depending on final layout. Follow up books will be approximately 100-125 pages.
Paperback covers, matte finish.
We are attaching other covers we like – but we are also open to something completely different. The cover does not have to be white, yet it seems like that’s a theme of the covers we’ve selected. Something that has some motion would be great.