30 Covers, 30 Days is back! As always, 30 lucky novelists will be chosen to have a cover designed for them. One novel, one cover, each day of November. But this time there’s a little bit of glorious news! For one thing, we’ve got two incredible new design powerhouses who will be coordinating the project this year:
First we have NYC-based designer, writer, and radio show host Debbie Millman! Debbie will be handpicking a number of East Coast artists to create one-of-a-kind covers for our very own Wrimos, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to begin our design trip with her. Debbie is a polymath: she’s President of the design division at Sterling Brands, as well as of AIGA, the professional association for design. When not designing she’s writing: Debbie has authored five books, and writes for Print Magazine and Fastcompany.com. And when she’s not writing, she hosts the provocative and award-winning internet talk show, “Design Matters”.
During the second half of November we will be meeting up with acclaimed designer Christopher Simmons, who will be showcasing a group of designers from his place on the West Coast! Based out of San Francisco, Christopher is also a writer (seeing a trend here?), having authored four books. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of design at the California College of the Arts, and the principle creative director and founder of the noted San Francisco design office, MINE. Christopher shares a passion with our Young Writers Program as an advocate for education; his most recent book, Just Design, examines how design is used to empower individuals, people, and social causes.
As a chronic Wrimo, I’m so excited to have two writers come into our fold for 30C30D, and as a graphic design junkie, I’m more than a little starstruck. Obviously I’m not done drooling over our John Gall-supervised covers from 2011, but I’m equally amped for this year.
The 30 Covers, 30 Days forum is as new and fresh as the Prince of Bel Air. Every year, I love looking for the thread where participants brainstorm just how exactly we select the synopses that get titles. I’ve already seen some good guesses, my favorite involving endless games of rock-paper-scissors. We can’t divulge such confidential information, of course, but let’s just say it involves a karaoke contest and plenty of interpretive dance.
If you’ve ever wanted to have your novel visually beautified by a group of talented designers, get your titles and synopses ready in the nomination thread! You might just be one of this year’s lucky 30!
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