Everyone has chevron.
How could you design your covers to float above the chevron ocean?
And what about the borders and frames?
I'll bet when you get rid of the chevron, borders, and frames, your topic titles will pop more on the product covers, if nothing else because you have more cover real estate to use for the titles. The TpT mall is a bunch of store windows, right? As we're skimming through all the search results, so many of the product covers just disappear from our focus because they're:
- too busy,
- too small,
- too similar,
- and too not-our-style.
- Which images make you stop and look closer?
- While skimming without looking too closely, which words on the page make you read them?
- Which ones look different from the rest?
- Which images or designs POP off the page at you?
- Which ones grab your target audience's eye (not just your eye)?
We're obviously biased and our cover isn't perfect at all, but we feel like our cover must be catching people's attention in some ways.
Here's a lower grade store that we think is designing some pretty awesome stand-outty covers: Everything Just So. Check out the difference she's made with her attractive item covers.
And let's look at one of our fellow secondary ELA friends, Laura Randazzo. We <3 her product designs and ideas. Take a gander at the modern-ness of her designs:
Pinterest world lately, so we could all learn something from her innovations.
So here's your Independent Practice today, teacherpreneurs...
Search for one of your topics and study the covers you see in the search results. Then, post your thoughts and discoveries and responses in the comments so we can all learn from each other.