Type Battle 32 // Book Cover Meme

Ngoc Ngo's picture

// THE CHALLENGE

You will create a book cover, using a fictitious title and an image from the LIFE photo archive.

Winner take all, no holds barred. May the best designer win.

// REQUIREMENTS

Follow these steps below:

1. The first article title on the Wikipedia Random Articles page
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random) is the title of your book.

2. Go to the LIFE photo archive (http://images.google.com/hosted/life) and enter the title (or part of the title) as your search term. Use any image from the search result for your book.

3. (optional) Include your name as the author of your book.

4. Use your graphics application of choice to throw them together,
and post the result.

- Final Image size: 550 width. 72 dpi*
- Color: Any
- Format: JPG or PNG

*Please try to keep your file sizes to a minimum! Our server is taking quite a beating with all this imagery. So compress, compress compress! Thanks :)

// ABOUT TYPOPHILE TYPE BATTLES

This is your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this battle: http://www.typophile.com/battle32
Link to the battle directory: http://www.typophile.com/typebattles

genericboy's picture

Man, no part of the title I got will return any results in the photo archive! Badness.

I'll give it a proper go a bit later.

Great theme by the way. I'd seen this done with album covers, always meant to have a go.

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Ngoc Ngo's picture

Thanks Andi. Yup, the Album Covers battle we had a while back received a ton of great submissions. Revisit it here for inspiration: http://typophile.com/battle20

As for not getting search results, give it a second try with another random title and see what you come up with.

Bendy's picture

I love these ones too.
Here's one to start us off...

rgraphix's picture

I got Gas exchange so here's a couple covers plus the original image.
Sorry about the second cover it's white, but the dimension is the same as the first.

genericboy's picture

I got a tough one! What the hell is SMARRC1 supposed to be about?

To be honest it reminded me of one of those beautiful late 80s/early 90s computer manuals, so that's where the OCR came from. Couldn't find a very suitable photo, so it ended up being a weird crop. We can do that, right? Ended up looking something like one of those William Gibson reprints!

Am I allowed another go?

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dave bailey's picture

Long time since I've been active here. Recently got laid off and figured the type battles would be a great exercise for me.

dezcom's picture

ChrisL

genericboy's picture

Wow, I really like what you did there Dave. I feel ashamed that I threw mine together so quickly after seeing that!

Andi

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genericboy's picture

I had another go. It's not clever, but I had to use this photo. Couldn't find the right font, so I used my own handwriting. Are there any rules I still have left to break? I could probably look into it tomorrow :)

Andi

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oprion's picture

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Jon Evenchen's picture

Great battle theme.

JonE.

Bendy's picture

Man, some of these are good!!
Looks like there's going to be a lot of entries :)

dave bailey's picture

Nice, Jonathan!

Jon Evenchen's picture

Thanx Dave. I lucked out on getting a decent article name and a great photo. Andi wasn't so lucky as I was...SMARRC1?!

JonE.

genericboy's picture

When life gives me lemons, I make mid-90s cyberpunk rerelease tribute covers.

Andi

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jac's picture

That's right folks. Obligatory green.
I think this might be the first time I've ever posted any work on typophile. It's a strange but liberating sensation.

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Jac
"pronounced by saying 'Jake' without conjuring imagery of lumberjacks or mans best friend."

fbrccn's picture

Fun challenge. genericboy, that gather dot com photo is hilarious.

Here's my try:

cuttlefish's picture

I muffed it and made it 30 pixels too narrow. Sosumi.

penn's picture

Nice theme.

penn

pica pusher's picture

What do you do with "Nebraska, Indiana?"

genericboy's picture

What do you do with “Nebraska, Indiana?”

I think you just answered that question quite satisfactorily!

Some of these are really nice.

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E. Scrooge's picture

This is quite hard as one in every 67 clicks actually gave me an image in google life and that image was to small to make a book cover.

uofiowabrian's picture

Brian

dezcom's picture

ChrisL

russellm's picture

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beejay's picture

nice workie all the way around

Louis, what font is that you used? (if it's a font)

russellm's picture

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Miss Tiffany's picture

I want to know what you used too, Louis.

beejay's picture

radio + a new system font (the horror), Plantagenet Cherokee from Tiro

Matthew Lujan's picture

I was dealt:

Bethel (Ugaritic: bt il, meaning "House of El" or "House of God",[1] Hebrew: בֵּית אֵל‎, also transliterated Beth El or Beth-El) was a border city described in the Old Testament . . . A second biblical Bethel, in the southern Judah, is mentioned in Joshua (8:17 and 12:16), and seems to be the same as Bethul or Bethuel, a city of the tribe of Simeon.

The majority of Life photos for Bethel was Bethel, NY, and Woodstock, photographed by Bill Eppridge. So I went ahead for a hefty, landscape, coffeetable monograph.

I'm not a big fan of psychedelia when it comes to design/art and purposely stayed away from all that as we're coming up on 2009, yet I didn't want it to be TOO modern. I also just wanted to keep it subtle and sophisticated in hoping to match the muted feel of the photographs. Poplar seemed to match the ever-so-slight softness of the film as well. But you don't care about all that, do ya?. I'll shut up.

rubenDmarkes's picture

Not that good, but I couldn't resist putting that picture to use. :P

bemerx25's picture

Kakinada Khaja is a sweet delicacy from India. Fried, sugary goodness that melts in your mouth. Now I'm hungry...

mprsand's picture

it's "MEgalopolis" from SMeltery, here's the link.
http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/megalopolis-extra

jupiterboy's picture

I had around 14 or so attempts before any wiki brought up life pics. Bell Gothic, but we all knew that.

beejay's picture

might be a good idea to list our fonts used (hey, it's typophile) or in Ruben's case, call out his own custom typeface. yay ruben.

oprion's picture

Mine were: Footlight MT and Adobe Garamond Pro
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dave bailey's picture

Regarding my book cover: Scriptorama Hostess from Jukebox Type

cuttlefish's picture

My cover "Bees in his Bonnet" used my own Palormak (ß18).

PLEASE_CANCEL_ME's picture

How embarrassing, a typo.

dezcom's picture

This was actually 4 images. The pig and the old guy portrait were from LIFE. I had to do one search on Capitalist and another on Piglet to get any images from Life. The gold frame and velvet wall texture were from Google. Everything was heavily Photoshoped and colorized.
The type is Copperplate and Bickham Script.

ChrisL

6pt's picture

Thirsty work.

DINPro / Adobe Garamond

dezcom's picture

The type on my first cover, Otakar Jerimais, is Tovarch, one of my own.
The 2nd one, "Accused of Murder" is Chank Diesel's Olivette and Christian Schwartz's Oxide Light.

ChrisL

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

I love Tovarch, Chris!

Ronlewhorn's picture

penANDink has my vote (*so far) for the "Hill at the top of the world" cover

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