Quick Cover Critique: Stained River

Today’s Quick Cover Design Critique

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Designer: CreateSpace
Cost: $500-$1000


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

  • Unprofessional Photo
  • Low Contrast Color Choices

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


Comments: The typography for this cover is fine, although it doesn’t clue potential readers in to the genre. The big issue is the photograph — which is unprofessional and out of focus. The image of the crashed plane looks like it may have been enlarged from a lo-res image. Additionally the dark green jungle background creates a dark, low-contrast image which makes it tough to comprehend at a small size.