Project: Research Best Book/Magazine Cover [Hessa R]


 (Memoirs Of A Geisha )

1. What is the story? 

This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience. It tells the extraordinary tale of a geisha-summoning up a quarter century, from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan’s dramatic history, and opening a window onto half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.  

2. What are the strength?

The strengths in this novel is the image that they picked because it symbolized the geisha in an interesting way and the power of the red lips color grape the viewer attention while the rest of the picture is in a light color. Also, the different fonts helped in representing the novel in a good way.

3. What are the weakness? What can be improved?

The weakness of this novel is the back cover because they just placed the “ Geisha “ word in a vertical way while the text is in a horizontal way, they could have an attractive simple design in the back cover to balance between the front and the back.


( Fales Memory ) 

1.     What is the story? 

        The story is about a young wife her name Martie Rhodes. She is a successful video game designer. Then one morning she experiences a sudden and inexplicable fear, a fleeting but disquieting terror of her own shadow. Later she realizes that she is terrified to look in the mirror and confront the reflection of her own face. As these traumatic episodes build, the lives of Martie and her husband, Dustin, change drastically. Dusty takes his wife to the renowned therapist who has been treating her best friend, and beings a frantic search for clues. As he comes closer to the shocking truth. Dusty finds himself afflicted with a condition even more fearsome than Matie’s.

2. What are the strength?

The only strength that I can see in this novel cover is the photo because at first I thought it doesn’t match the name of the novel but after reading the introduction I found it’s a good choice, and it’s an interesting image makes you want to discover the story.

3.     What are the weakness? What can be improved?

The weakness part of this cover is the text and the size of the fonts, I think if they reduced the size of the fonts it would be a good idea because for now it’s too big and not  organized.  In the back cover it’s also the same because all the text are in bold and I wish if they were lighter and normal.


( Don’t Be Sad ) 

1. What is the story? 

At a time in which the Muslims are beset with trials from every periphery and within,comes this heartening book rooted in the commandments of Allah (swt),the Sunnah and the excellent guidance and examples of the Muslims that have come before us.
Don’t be Sad is an absolute must-read for all people.It is full of practical advice on how to repel despair and replace it with a pragmatic and ultimately satisfying Islamic outlook on life.It exposes to the modern reader how Islam teaches us to deal with the tests and tribulations of this world. So, take heart and hold firmly onto the rope of Allah.

2. What are the strength?

In the front and the back covers I can’t see any strengths which is different than the book content.

3.     What are the weakness? What can be improved?

I loved what is written inside but I didn’t like the graphic work from out side and that’s why I choose this book to redesign.  I can improve many things in the cover, such as changing the image, colors and the size of the book. The image doesn’t go with the title of the book and it doesn’t make any sense for me.






~ by alfalasihessa on February 10, 2008.

6 Responses to “Project: Research Best Book/Magazine Cover [Hessa R]”

  1. I read this book long time ago and I agree with you Hessa regarding the strong content and the poor cover. My version of the book is different; it has a leather cover with golden writings, which are typical for most of religious books.

    I think that the boat’s voyage is referring to our journey in life..!!

  2. I meant that you should talk about the visual story of a cover design, not the actual book content. The way to conceptualize the story to visual messages. But it always helps to know the content to design the cover for sure : )

  3. I personally read both memories of a geisha and don’t be sad quote Such a great books.However, i have to agree with you that memories of geisha has such an attractive looking image and when you come to the back the testimonials are barely read because of the word “Geisha” and i would suggest that its better to be completely removed simple is always better and more beautiful.About the story dont be sad the book surely needs a redesign in every single aspect.

    all the best!

  4. I definitely agree in re-designing the last book “Don’t Cry” since the content of the book is amazing while the cover image doesn’t even relate to the title nor the content. I personally read the book and would be greatfull if you re-designed it beacuse of its great content..

  5. Since the last book is a motivational book, I think the color should be empowering, strong, hopeful, cheerful, inspiring etc etc
    Purple and yellow here don’t work. It would be better if the photo was blending into the background. it would’ve looked more natural and therefore more powerful.
    that’s my opinion
    thanks for sharing

  6. Thanks a lot girls for your sweat comments 🙂

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