Help select my open source city book cover

I’m making great progress on my book. Pam Chestek has completed the first round of editing and I’ve gone through all those edits and made additions, updates, and corrections where needed. Now it’s going through a second round of editing thanks to Jen Wike from Go To Writer.

Update: I’ve launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the book. Show your support today! Read more about the campaign.

Last week I shared the introduction to The Foundation for an Open Source City. So far, excellent feedback and lots of excitement. As I prepare to self-publish, it’s time to think about the cover for my book.

I hooked up with designer Dave Maki. He gave me awesome design options to choose from. The options are so good, I’m having a hard time picking my favorite. So I decided to crowdsource my book cover. I’d like to know which one is your favorite. Other feedback welcome in the comments.

Option 1Cover design option 1 Option 2Cover design option 2
Option 3Cover design option 3 Option 4Cover design option 4

Cast your vote

Which book cover option is your favorite?

  • Option 2: Green and blue with city background (full bleed) (39%, 21 Votes)
  • Option 3: Green and blue with city background (white border) (28%, 15 Votes)
  • Option 1: Yellow and blue with city background (19%, 10 Votes)
  • Option 4: Blue and green hands (15%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

3 thoughts on “Help select my open source city book cover

  1. Robin Muilwijk

    Voted. Just an idea, but what about changing the ‘tag-plate’ around the author name to a blue or green color for options 2 to 4?

  2. David Spalding

    I guess I’m late to the voting. 🙁 Though I’m not really fond of the design (seems unfinished), I like option 4. Options 1-3 simply show a city with a bunch of “thingies” falling away from the foundation. What does that convey to me? “This book is about cities, or a city, or something.” Only 4 actually builds the visual message to indicate (though the hands motif) sharing, or helping, or something mutual, or a partnership (shaking hands?). The cities on each hand suggest a partnership BETWEEN cities, or two cities having some kind of mutual link. Maybe if the hands were beneath the image of a single city, suggesting that the motif the hands imply is part of the “foundation” of that city…? :}


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