Brightness & HopeAlmost half of those who preferred Option B used the word bright to describe it. And many respondents connected that brightness with hope. Using PickFu’s text filter on the word hope, we find responses like these:
“The brighter, vibrant color gives a more hopeful feeling.” “[The] brighter colors seem to fit better with the message of hope the book seems to want to convey.” “B is brighter, more ‘hopeful.’ I imagine someone battling cancer would be drawn to hopeful items.”Respondents also connected the bright color scheme with positivity. While 9 respondents who preferred Option B used the word positivity, no one used that word when discussing Option A. Poll participants made a strong connection to what the book cover looked like to what they felt readers wanted to feel after reading the book. In other words, the book gave them the emotional answers they sought.
Considering EmotionsThese responses help show how viewers connect cover components with emotions. Respondents weren’t drawn to the design that showed what the reader might be feeling in that moment. Instead, they preferred the cover that showed what the reader might want to be feeling. In this case, a cancer patient may want to feel a sense of hope, rather than sadness.
Questions to AskWhen designing your own book cover, here are some helpful questions to ask to make sure your cover aligns with your readers’ emotions:
- What emotions do I want my readers to feel?
- What answers are my readers seeking?
- What feelings are my readers hoping to feel right now?
- What colors/images can help depict that feeling?
Go Beyond ColorsYou can also use the darkness and brightness of your cover to communicate these emotions. As we saw with the 90 Days to Live poll, readers connected the brightness (especially the bright background) with hope. Font size and type are other variables that might impact emotions.
Test Your Book Cover DesignOnce you’ve created your design, seek out some idea validation. You can test this with a targeted audience by creating a PickFu poll. Poll how respondents react to covers with different hues and brightness levels until you find your winning cover.
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