Speakeasy Ideas got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create a book cover to showcase an optimistic way of talking politics without the noise.
Check out Speakeasy Ideas's Book cover contest…
Speakeasy Ideas offers political communication and educational products, tools that train you to speak with your neighbors, family, and friends about political subjects, and discover with one another the many common interests you share that provide the seeds of common solutions, but without the political fireworks. Today, both sides of the political aisle prefer to shout instead of communicate. Speakeasy Ideas is changing that. Citizens today experience politics as talking heads denouncing each other while building walls between Left and Right: walls that prevent understanding—much less trust. We’ve become used to awkward conversations around dinner tables and fights with colleagues and friends. But historically, politics has been America’s strength. Together we’ve tackled fractious common problems and solved them in a way that has created the freest, most prosperous nation on Earth. Our products remind Americans how to speak more quietly, yet more persuasively, to each other, not merely as Democrats and Republicans, but as fellow citizens and friends—the kind of conversation we all like to have over a drink, maybe at a “speakeasy.” Most importantly, the kind of conversation that leads to solutions and promotes the progress we all want to experience. All Americans want freedom. All Americans want tomorrow to be better than today. All parents want their children to have the American Dream: a better way of life. But the political speech of old won’t do. It’s time for something radically better, something that reduces the acrimony while helping us build something good together. Something like Speakeasy Ideas.
What's your vision?
This contest it to create a cover, spine, and back cover for a new, small book: "CRISIS OF OUR HOUSE DIVIDED: A Guide to Talking Politics Without the Noise." Author is Thomas Krannawitter. This book is a short, easy to read, non-academic book that explains why Americans are so pitted against one another, politically and culturally, and offers a way for them to understand and communicate with each other better, possible even come to some agreements about how we might move forward as a country. The book shows how we have come to a place where many Americans seem angry, as we shout at and fight with those who hold different political views -- including personal friends, co-workers, family members, sometimes even lovers -- or just ignore them altogether. We tend to view those who have different political views as bad people, simply, and that is why we often treat them badly, disrespectfully, rudely. But the book goes on to make clear that many people who might consider themselves to be liberal or conservative, progressive or libertarian, share many of the same goals, ends, and purposes. Virtually everyone wants, to name just some of things we have in common, safe medicines and foods, reliable cars, phones, and technology of all kinds, and economic growth, jobs, and increasingly better ways of life and more opportunities for more and more people. The main disagreements in the United States today tend to be about the *means* of how we go about getting those things everyone agrees are good. The book features an account of two fictional countries -- New Dealand and Freeland -- that helps readers understand why people of opposing political stripes approach such matters in such strikingly different ways. By employing this rhetorical device of fictional countries, the book avoids quotations from known historical or political figures that tend to divide people, even by mentioning their names. Thus there are no references to the Founding Fathers, or leading progressive figures such as Woodrow Wilson or Franklin D. Roosevelt, or more contemporary figures like Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama. None of those people appear in the book. In the end, the book aims to help Americans see their fellow citizens as good people who want good things for themselves, their families, their friends, and others. The book is hopeful and optimistic, filled with promise. By emphasizing the many things we Americans have in common, the book concludes by suggesting ways that we might talk with each other, rather than shouting and yelling, and discover together solutions to problems all of us want to solve by meeting and satisfying interests we share in common.
After this design concludes, we will also want to create an e-book front cover, modeled on the winning design, but formatted properly for an e-book. Likely this will be a small add-on engagement for the winning designer. This is a small book: approximately 100 pages. Trim size 5x8. Approximately 1/4" spine. If possible, would like to explore having microphone image from attached logo file to be pictured somewhere on bottom of spine. Back cover likely should also contain picture of author (attached) and brief bio. Placeholder text for author bio is fine for now.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Speakeasy Ideas collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Emir of Pulp Studio did a superb job: patient, professional, responsive and clearly understood the feel and attitude I was trying to create. I will use him again as well as recommend both 99Designs and Pulp Studio for upcoming projects. David Marchese, "Juicy Uber" The Steamiest Stories and Controversial Insights from 6000+ Rides and 12,000+ Riders.
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