Just a Walk in the Sun: Cover

Jordan Harper's picture

Long story short: My grandfather wrote a book a few of years ago about his experiences in WWII. I helped him set it and get it published, but, frankly, I didn't do a very good job. Young, inexperienced, etc.

For his Christmas present I'm re-setting the whole thing properly and publishing a nice hardback through Lulu.

I've done the interior (and will post it up for crit soon, in a different thread), but I'm struggling with the cover. All illustrations were done by my grandfather for the first edition, and I'd like to re-use them for sentimental (his) reasons, but don't be precious about critiquing them too, I'm not. I've chosen Gill Sans as the book's titling face for it's obvious historic references. It definitely evokes war-time britain IMO (though the book is of course set mostly in France and Germany, so maybe I've goofed there...)

Here are two directions I've taken, any and all comments would be wonderful and welcomed:

Thanks in advance,


lherrou's picture


I favor the second illustration over the first, although perhaps without the inset images at the bottom. I can't say I am a big fan of the CAPS mixed with small italics, though.

Perhaps there's some inspiration here:
or here:

Stephen Coles's picture

#1 is perfect! Far more appealing and looks right for the era.

dole scum's picture

I do not like the typography or the illustrations in the second version. Number one is much better in composition, you do not need to complicate things such as in the second design.

dole scum's picture

My grandpa is probably getting some new socks!

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