Oceans Deep boxed set
“Twelve Young Adult romance novels that celebrate sun, sea and love to support World Oceans Day 2014.
As authors, we know while the facts can change people’s minds, fiction can change their hearts. The proceeds from this box set will benefit World Oceans Day, an organization dedicated to celebrating the ocean and encouraging people to really think about what the oceans mean to them.
Comprised of young adult romances in a variety of genres including science fiction, fantasy, contemporary and mythology, the books all have one thing in common: they leave readers more in love with the ocean than they were before.
Together we can help ocean conservation efforts, one word, one page, one story at a time.” (via the press release)
I’ve been known, from time to time, to donate my design work to people and causes I can get behind. In this case, I saw an opportunity to help out an entire group of writers while helping to raise money for charity. Ten authors came together for this project, a 10 ebook boxed set, on sale June 8th through July 8th, and all proceeds from sales will go to support The Ocean Project. It’s an ambitious and incredible project, and I hope their efforts are extremely successful.
The group already had a solid idea of what they’d like to see for the cover, so the challenge for me was matching their vision to a design. Every element of this image is a separate object (background, girl, dolphins, jellyfish), and there was plenty of isolating and color tweaking going on to fit them all into one visual. The most difficult part was the typography, as fitting ten separate names on the cover, plus the tag line, could have easily overwhelmed the design. To keep the title from getting lost in the fray, I needed a brighter color to make it pop out from the background, and the green I settled on is certainly eye-catching. It’s not a color I would normally go for, but, in this case, it works.
One last element was needed for this amazing project, and that’s the graphic depicting a boxed set of books. Admittedly, I’d never done one before, so there was a bit of learning as I go involved there. I spent some time looking for Photoshop actions and tutorials, but, ultimately, I ended up building it all by hand and basing it off of what I was seeing in other digital boxed set graphics. You can see the results of that, as well as the individual covers for each included book, here:
Authors included in this collection:
- Lani Wendt Young – Telesa
- Elle Strauss – Seaweed
- Kristen Day – Forsaken
- Karen Amanda Hooper – Tangled Tides
- Amber Garr – Promises & Betrayal
- Cheri Lasota – Artemis Rising
- Heather Allen – Just Breathe
- Nikki Godwin – Chasing Forever Down
- Leigh Talbert Moore – Dragonfly & Undertow
- Amy Evans – Clicks
You can add the box set to your TBR list on Goodreads now. To learn more about each of the authors, please click on their name on Goodreads, or above. Keep track of the project on their tumblr: ocean-books.tumblr.com
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