Thursday, 16 April 2015
Saving Bletchley Park - New Covers! But which one should we choose?
New covers are in!! Unbound have been working on the front cover for Saving Bletchley Park and have just sent me through the most recent three along with the first two. After looking at them all for a few minutes I've got a clear favourite, but I'd love to know what you think. We will be having a meeting next week to discuss the covers so I'd love to get your feedback before then. Which do you like best and why? I've added in the editors comments about the covers which give a bit of background on why certain features were chosen.
This was the first cover we ever designed! This was also when the emphasis of the book was much more on the Bletchley campaign, and social media. We knew that such an important part of the story was that Bletchley saved Britain, so the concept was to marry social media (connections), patriotic symbols (the Union Jack hinted at in the background), and an element of secret code (Enigma style keys).
Later on the focus of the book became more complex. Sue now had a contextual narrative strand running through it, with a rich background of historical detail. Now we began to think, wouldn't it be interesting if the cover conveyed the stark difference between those two worlds – Bletchley in the twentieth century and the decidedly twenty-first century campaign which came full circle and preserved it for years to come? So on the left hand side we have a Wren on her bike, who contrasts with her much more techy counterpart.
We took this idea down a more graphic route to see what would happen when we contrasted the keys of the Enigma machine with a modern-day keyboard. We loved the round shapes of the keys on the left hand side and that very distinctive typography.
We liked the circular keys so much that we developed the idea of circles – concentric circles? Circles revealing secret images behind? The circular nature of the campaign? It feels very fitting. Here is one of the most recent cover roughs – we are playing with the idea of using some very iconic photos (that's Bletchley itself in the background, and Alan Turing in the sepia photo), but in a way that suggests a language we don't quite understand; the intrigue and secrecy surrounding the code-breaking that went on at Bletchley during the war.
So, it's over to you, which do you prefer and why? Or do you have a better idea? We will be deciding soon which cover to use and would love your feedback to help us decide.
Thank very much :)