Crowdsourcing a book cover

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009 in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

We're gearing up for the launch of the updated paperback version of HERD this Summer but a bit stumped by cover designs TBH. A nice repeat of the debate around the cover 2 years ago, you might remember (though we're now all agreed on the pinkness and the title, aren't we, Nick?)

See what you think

This is a version of the original Download Earls Herd_9(2)

This a text only version Download Earls Herd_8(2)

And this is a new idea which uses a cut-out of a crowd Download Earls Herd_6(4)

Any comments/suggestions gratefully received. Thanks!


  1. David Everitt-Carlson
    March 17, 2009

    I’m perplexed. It’s flowers? With something stuck in them or them stuck on a pole? I’m lost. Why not a shot from a hatchery of chicks, or rabbits … or lemmings over a cliff … or anything but this. Original Herd cover was good … or talk to Hugh MacLeod …

  2. Mark Earls
    March 17, 2009

    Thanks David. Actually as you can see from the big pic, the original cover featured flowers used as a “cellotaph”. See introduction here

  3. niko
    March 17, 2009

    mark…you don’t change album covers..
    granted this is a book, but same principle applies
    so stick with it the way it is…
    Quote of mick rock:
    Perhaps Rock’s most iconic image graces the cover of Lou Reed’s album Transformer, taken live in London in July 1972. Reed was wearing white kabuki-style make-up that had started to run, and Rock’s monochrome frame captured a distant, dissolute air. “I think Rolling Stone said he looked like a degenerate panda bear,” he remembers.
    An element of chance dictated the final image. “Lou had helped me select from the original contact sheet and he had clocked that frame early on. In those days I used to do my own black and white prints. I had one print where it had fallen out of focus in the enlarger. I hadnt noticed until it got into the developer. I liked it, even though it was technically a mistake, so I brought it along with the other stuff, and when he saw it he was again very decisive.”

  4. david koranda
    March 17, 2009

    i think the newer version with cell phones held high makes sense. snapshot of a specific heard. only draw back might be the isolation of a younger group as many assume herd mentality more easily applies to the younger.

  5. Patrick
    March 18, 2009

    Perhaps you could consider something like this:
    But with the people forming the title HERD as well as a face of your choice.

  6. David Everitt-Carlson
    March 18, 2009

    Sorry Mark, I had only seen the cover with the circle of little people…
    …Vietnam is not exactly a readers paradise…

  7. David Everitt-Carlson
    March 19, 2009

    Sorry twice. Got confused with another book cover. I’ll sit down and shut up now.