Thursday, January 28, 2010

The New Face of Distraction

As I wrote last week, Distraction will soon be winging its way overseas.

This is an early version of the UK cover, which may be tweaked closer to publication. (Click for a bigger image.)

I like it.

Like most of the 'Art of Living' covers, it's simple, quickly recognisable and playful.

And it speaks to the book nicely. A paper plane can be a distraction, sure - a way to avoid important study, work or conversation.

But it can also be something we craft; something elegant, beautiful. Its slow glide or frenetic loops can inspire reverie.

In short, the plane suggests the conflict of distraction: between a flight from life, and the flights that enrich it.

I'm still fond of Ellie Exarchos' striking Australian cover. But I'm also excited about Distraction's new face.

8 comments:

Rachel Fenton said...

It looks good - clean and intelligent.

Elisabeth said...

It's not distracting, Damon, an honest cover. I love the colour blue.

Damon Young said...

R: Thank you, I like cleanliness and intelligence.

E: My thanks. But is that really blue? I was thinking light sea green or something...or light cyan?

estelle said...

I am really such a big fan of the new cover. I love the simple black lines and though I know it's a design feature that runs through the whole series, I can't help but be reminded of an airmail letter -- lovely distraction indeed.

Damon Young said...

Thank you, Estelle.

It's very crisp, quiet - a great contrast with the boldness and blur of the Australian cover.

Yes, I'm known to stop writing in mid-sentence when the mail is delicately shoved in the letterbox...

Kirsty Murray said...

Very classy. And elegant too.

Michael M said...

Honestly Mr Young, the new UK cover has nothing on its Australian parent. The UK design has an 'ebook-esque' feel to it whereas with the later, well, I can almost smell the ink and paper waft off my screen.

Damon Young said...

Er, thanks. We'll have to agree to disagree, mate.