Quick Cover Design Critique: Smash Smoking

Today’s Quick Cover Design Critique

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Designer: Author
Cost: <$100


According the designers at Shelfbuzz, here are the main issues:

  • Low Contrast Color Choices
  • Poor Layout Design

To read more and for an explanation of these issues, please visit our master list of cover design mistakes.


Comments: This cover is a good example of what happens when an author has an interesting concept in mind for the cover, but doesn’t have the skill to execute it themselves. The skull in the smoke is a nice idea, but the size and placement make it tough to read. The “smoke-like” typography is also a good idea, but is not laid out professionally. Overall the cover doesn’t have much of an impact — especially at a thumbnail size.