Thursday, March 12, 2009

Swag: Which Do You Like?

I've been wanting to do up some bookmarks for Alpha Heroes for a little while now. I like to go to book signings, and I think it would be fun to have something to trade and pass around, and maybe snag a little more traffic. (I'm just planning to print these out on matte photo paper and cut them myself).

I've been working on the design, and obsessing slightly over details. So I thought I'd do a poll. Please vote for the one you like best!

#1 (First try) ~ 1.5"wide by 6" long

#2: (Scripty) I keep thinking that a romance blog ought to have a big fancy flowing cursive script for the title, but I didn't find any that I loved, so I just kind of stuck with italicized Times New Roman. This one has a scripty font, but I'm not sure I love it. Also ~ 1.5"wide by 6" long.

#3 (Roomy) I thought the text was cluttering up the image a bit, so I moved part of it off to the side. Not sure I love the 90-degree text, but it looked weirder on the horizontal. This one would probably be longer, like 1.5"x 7".

4. (Fatso) This one is the most like my header here, but I'm not wild about the proportions. I think it would come out about 2"x6", possibly 2.25x6.



Anonymous said...

I voted for the room version. As far as fonts go, if I make make a suggestion, I'd try out Porcelain or Selfish. Both are romantic script fonts that might work. But fonts are always a matter of taste, of course.

Anonymous said...

I liked "fatso" best, but they are all good so you can't go wrong.

Chris said...

I like the Roomy one, but don't like the text orientation on the end... but Fatso's too wide. Hmm. Can you make the graphic a little narrower on Fatso?

Betsy O'Donovan said...

I like the first try best as they exist, but I would have voted for the roomy version if there were a little more space between the "Alpha Heroes and the women who love them" line and the border of the photo. About a pica (.125) is the golden rule for space between lines/borders and text in newspaper design.

Love this idea, Nic.

Carolyn Crane said...

What a great idea!!

Nicola O. said...

Thanks for the input! I can definitely do some more tweaking.

Rikki, I'll definitely check out those fonts. I tend to fall back on a few really basic ones.

Betsy, that's exactly the kind of feedback I want! Mwah.

Chris, I can look at re-cropping the original photo. What I've used here is the exact version in the blog header.

Ms. M & CJ, thanks!

Ms. M & CJ,

Anonymous said...

I like all of them, and admire your ambition. I voted for #1.

Hey, can you do me a huge favor, and send me an email or give me yours in a comment ? I want to email you but I can't get the form to open.

Nicola O. said...

Sure, I'm

And thanks for voting!

Anonymous said...

I love all of those! I finally voted for "Roomy" but you can't go wrong with any of them. What a great idea!

And have you looked at the Moo cards too, as a means of letting people know about your blog? ( You can get 100 of these little cards fairly inexpensively, and put your own photo on the front with 5 lines of text on the back. The novelty alone makes people take notice.


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