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Help us choose a cover for Tiny Homes on the Move

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What do you think? Choose the one you like best, or give us an order of choices. Feedback welcome.

135 comment s:

Anonymous said...

4, 5, 1, in that order. Can't wait to see it when it's done!
Best, Percy

Dave Flanagan said...

4 is best. Don't like 5 or 2.

Sam said...

Hey Lloyd,
Very excited for the new book! I like covers 3 then 4. If it will be the same size as Tiny Homes, then 4 would look great. Partial to the t 100! Great trucks!
Keep up all the great work.

Jodi said...

4. The photo at the top makes it!

Mike said...

They're all nice, but I agree with Percy: 4, 5, then 1. By the way,
my accounts have been very enthusiastic! Can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

definitely 4

Jeff said...

Number 4, Lloyd!

Dennis Brady said...

While I'm a sucker for Airstreams, I think #4 is the most widely appealing cover. It gives a greater peek into the variety of the content I'm sure is inside. Can't wait to add the book to my ever expanding Lloyd Kahn collection.

Mike said...

I'm really excited about this one! I like the ones that feature a lot of small pics of various rigs, gives me more of a preview of what's inside. That would be 1. or 4. and you can't beat the VW sunset shot on top, so no. 4.

Oskar said...

Number 4 without doubt! The sunshine does it!

R.Mason said...

My opinion is probably biased but I'd say 4 is the nicer layout. After that i'd say 3, 1, 2, 5.

Isabel said...

Number 4 - the sunset is great. Then number 1 is a great layout.

Mick Knowles said...

3 and 4 work best for me

E. L. Walker said...

I find 5 exciting--because of the homemade camper truck--I always feel that less is more. I can't wait for this book to come out!

Anonymous said...

4's got a great variety on the cover and the layouts nice!

cc said...

i like 4 best, then 1. i'm not too fond of #5 since that simple camper shell, while attractive, pales in comparison to the housetrucks. if you choose layout #5 i'd recommend picking a more awesome example for "wheels".

Sara said...

4, I guess. On screen, I like 3 for balance, but it may not convey the homes concept and the title doesn't pop. 4 looks busy onscreen. However, viewed in real life, say on a bookstore shelf, 4 or 5 might be better since it's much easier to see the title. 4 does a much better job of conveying the idea that these are alternative homes, rather than temporary camping or holiday accommodations. 5 looks like DIY camping. Personally, I'd tweak a bit more.

Anonymous said...

#4
The long perspective of a natural setting is a great balance for the close images. For me, it creates the desire to be there, experiencing the freedom. My eyes are then drawn down to more beautiful examples - found myself placing each of those into a large natural setting like the top image.
Thank you for all the work, laughter & appreciation you place in your publications Lloyd.
C

Dana said...

I'd say version 1 or 5. The others are too 'busy", detracting from the subject.

In v5, I'd use similar 1/3 vertical proportions as in v4, perhaps even using the uppermost golden sunset photo of v4 in place of the 4x4 mountain view.

In any case, I think you need to reconsider the typography. Use a legible, contemporary sans serif typeface [though not Helvetica] and eliminate the drop shadow [it doesn't add anything]. A bold, simple typeface will enable you to decrease the point size of the title, so as to fit all of the text in the burgundy-colored band. I would also change 'MOVE' to lower case.

As for v1, the layout with column of photos to the left is more informative than v5. Same remarks regarding typography as for v5. Do leave out the horizontal yellow lines / accents, and certainly avoid the narrow block of text under 'Wheels and Water'. Make the band the whole width of the two photos.

I'd also recommend reconsidering the photo of the airstream caravan, perhaps replacing it with the second photo in the left-hand column.

I'd be happy to send you roughs of my ideas if you're interested. Your layouts are good, but they need to be more legible.
.

Helen Melland said...

Easy! Either 3 or 4

cb450 said...

#4

Anonymous said...

#5 and # 1 is my second choice. Thank you and be well.

charlie b. said...

Hi Lloyd,

I like #4 best, except the name placement looks kind of funny... like it was stamped there or something. Just a suggestion: crop the top and bottom of the top photo a little, move everything up, add a black strip across the bottom with your name in gold (like #3).

Look forward to the book!! : )

Mike Blacker said...

4 is the best!

Alderrr said...

4 and 3 are my favourites.
I prefer lots of images on the cover, as others have said. The title is easy to read on 4, but the design still feels more sophisticated than 1. I prefer "on the" not to be in small caps.

Jerry Young said...

I like number 4 the best.

Anonymous said...

I say go for #3. #4 seems a bit to busy/cluttered.

Brad Mitchell said...

4

Anonymous said...

3, 4, 1, in that order.

Anonymous said...

3

Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd
I think 4 is the best cover
Thanks a lot for the most interesting blog.
Bjarne Denmark

Anonymous said...

Hey Lloyd,
# 4 is the my favorite.
I am looking forward to the release of this book.
Ken
Bend, Oregon

Rachel T. said...

I love the first one!!!

Anonymous said...

Number 2

I like a less "busy" / "cluttered" look

Anonymous said...

4, 1, 3 in order of preference... really looking forward to the new book... already pre ordered!

JB said...

I love the first one and I can't wait!

Unknown said...

#4 followed by #1. I just want to read the thing!

Anonymous said...

lloyd, can't wait! My wife and I like #1 the best. Keep up the good work! -Cole

dweeze (Johnno) said...

3 then 4 for me. I'm buying it either way!

Anonymous said...

4, then 3, 1

BloggEd said...

4, then 2

Anonymous said...

I'm going with 3, 1, 4, 5, 2

Anonymous said...

I'd say #4 with less pictures on the bottom.

Michelle Nelson said...

I like # 1!

rj said...

For four as a fortuitous front

Julie said...

I like #4 because the colors in the title match the colors in the sunset. Love the rainbow sailboat in the middle.

Lindsey Ross said...

1, then 5, then 4. I don't care for 2 or 3.

QUAIL333 said...

That new truck is going to make your cover look dated real fast, go with the funkier stuff.

Anonymous said...

in this order..

4, 3, 1, 5 and 2

Mike W

*********

Jeff Bragg said...

4

Todd Stimpson said...

#4 is my favorite.

Anonymous said...

I like 4 the best. The T100 looks like a car ad and repels me. Same with the airstream- (though I do love airstreams) they look way too off the shelf. More funky house boats and caravans please. I want to buy this book to see lots of examples of handmade, funky, one of a kind stuff. Love Toyota trucks, but that one is way too clean. Keep up the good work!

Irene Tukuafu said...

To "judge the book by the cover" I'd choose #4 as well. great job as always.

Anonymous said...

I like number 4

Jules Davis said...

I like #4 too. Maybe 'cause it's the only one that shows an interior. This one has a "home", the rest are vehicles. Looking forward to the book!

Yale Bloor said...

Number 1

Kent said...

3 and 4

CVB said...

#5, clean and immediately expresses the title. I also like a less busy, less cluttered look.

Unknown said...

i like no 1 ! mmmm
but like the vw at the top of no. 4 here why!!!!!/Users/willneave/Desktop/IMG_0183.JPG

Anonymous said...

#1 is the best to my eye.

hwallen48 said...

#4

Unknown said...

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Gary Gunder said...

# 3

Anonymous said...

No 4 - makes me want to get that book and start dreaming...

Anonymous said...

I like #4 the best.
/Lars from Sweden

Anonymous said...

No.4
Sunset shot wins :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Lloyd, can't wait to see the book! Definitely the best cover for me is number 4. Hope it helps.

Matt23 said...

Four!
One
Three

Grateful Fred said...

Number 1 for me.

Colin

Anonymous said...

No. 4 to win!

Harriet Knowles said...

4 for sure!

Anonymous said...

4!

Island Woman MJ said...

4 & 1

onetreewoodworks said...

All are awesome but I think 4 has it all.
Tohner

Anonymous said...

Here's my 2 cents:
#1 - has a good variety of homes and a clean layout of the title
#4 - try swapping places with the Ford and the houseboat, so that the direction they are facing points in, instead of leading the eyes off of the page
#3 - like this one also, maybe one size smaller with font so "Tiny Homes & On the Move" fits better in houseboat photo.
Working in circulation for the County Library, I see lots & lots of books and I can pretty much tell which books will get picked up off the browsing shelf by the way the cover looks on the book. Most people will just do a quick glance and if they can easily read the cover then they will pick it up and look inside. If I can hand the book to them with a great review, then most of the time it goes home with them, which is what I do with Tiny Homes, Builders of the Pacific Coast or Homework. When your books are returned I usually get a "Thanks, I liked it so much, I went out and bought my own copy". Looking forward to this one.
~denise

MattoleCraftsman said...

Number 1 and then 4, can't wait to see the new book.

Colonel Panik said...

I could use five copies of the new book, one of each cover.
Lloyd you wrote the damn thing so you pick the cover.

Anonymous said...

#4 is my choice

Doug Lawson said...

1 is great. But I do love the shot of the VW Van on #4. So 1, 4 would be the order I'd vote for.

Anonymous said...

4 is the best. Don't car for the covers with just the two pics.

Anonymous said...

Number 4 is my choice. Love that sunset/sunrise and the rainbow sail. Only thing i would do would be getting rid of that 4wd pick up. The wooden part is nice but the actual car is AWFUL!!
So looking forward to having that book in my hands and opening those pages for the first time!
All your other books on my bookshelf are worn out already. I need this new one badly to calm down my addiction!
Sierra, Carpenter, timber framer and narrowboat dweller, Bristol, England

Anonymous said...

I like 4 and would like the type to be reversed out of the brick solid color, makes the type more readable

fred said...

Plus our new bookstore in SB " the Granada " has two of your publications so congratulations Lloyd

Martin said...

#1 has the best composition - tho' I'd replace the airstream with a hand-built wheeled something.

Here comes the sun... said...

#3

Kurt Grubaugh said...

My vote is #4. Seems to have it all.

Anonymous said...

I like # 2

Laurie said...

From favorite to least, I like: 4,1,3,5,2
The long vista in #4 feels the most like "on the move" to me

Anonymous said...

Four

Anonymous said...

# 3

Anonymous said...

4 and 3 have the most draw-you-in appeal for me. Can't wait to see the book!

Mr. Sharkey said...

"#1 has the best composition - tho' I'd replace the airstream with a hand-built wheeled something."

I'd agree with Martin. Seen enough Silver Turds to last me for a while.

Shawn Quincy said...

#4 images resemble the idea of movement the best. Love your Blog.

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone, #4,#1,#5 in that order appeals to me, hard to steer away from that sunset. Thank you Lloyd for your good work, spiritual medicine, and a place to dream,dream,dream.

Anonymous said...

Like # 1 for composition, variety, but agree it might be good to replace the airstream with a more unique conversion. Every book a great inspiration and treat! Thanks Lloyd!

Scott said...

#4 simply for the Vanagon!

Andrew Karmy said...

4, 3, 1, 2, 5. Is my preferred order. Glad to see the book is coming along nicely. If there is an opportunity to pre-order let us know!

Anonymous said...

Number 1. Can't wait to get my copy! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

The sunset pic rules!

Anonymous said...

No 4, Love the top pic as that what living on the road is all about. Years of housetrucking in New Zealand with a different view most days is living life.

Anonymous said...

#4 for me

gravitateandundulate said...

1 or 3 works for me! Looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

4. Plus the beautiful sail in the center draws your eye in, but there was something for everyone in variety of ways in which we, are on the move, as active people

Anonymous said...

#4

Ryan Worcester said...

first one!

Anonymous said...

#5

Anonymous said...

The first one captures it all, Don

Mr Know said...

No 4 is best.

jon and jana said...

#4 then #1

Anonymous said...

It's great that the house boat made all the covers! That said, I like both #1 and #4, mainly because they feature real occupants with their vehicles.
Peace
Gill

Anonymous said...

I like #3 best followed by #1. I think #4 is too busy.

Anonymous said...

I like 4 the best, followed by 1. I'm getting exited! Very nice.

Anonymous said...

#2

Because it's simple and elegant
looks like a coffee table book cover

The others are great too but give away too much &
look a bit like the Sunset Press series ( not a bad thing)

Can't wait to buy a copy!

Anonymous said...

4 - sunset shot is so nice, 1, 5. I like the title on the red background, otherwise hard to read.

Craig.

bob henry said...

I chose 4 and as I scrolled down it looks like i made a very good choice !

Bozwell Kay said...

4 for me!

stein mountian said...

I would have to say 4 then 3 ,looking very forward to this book !!!

John said...

I like 4 - 1 - 5 in that order but truth be known I'll buy a copy no matter what the cover looks like. i just love boats, trailers and rolling homes. Thanks LLoyd for all your books. Truly the stuff of dreams.
John in Fla

Jenny said...

#1&4! Excited to see the book.

Roy Schreyer said...

The sunset shot of the iconic mini van grabs the imagination, # 4!

Anonymous said...

Go 4 the sense of freedom, Lloyd!
--Andrew

John Burns said...

I like 4, 1, 3 in that order. Looks like 4 has most votes!

Katy said...

Number 4!

windpowerjohn said...

2 has the cleanest look and and the most punch

Unknown said...

4, 1, 5 (like the original San Francisco area code) The reasons are the same as everyone else's for 4 and 1 and 5. Definitely like 4 the best.... Happy New Year, Lloyd!
Best, joyce

Anonymous said...

4,1,3 I like the ones that show the most variety of forms. These have the most engaging type face, too.

I like the road shot at the top of 4. Looking forward to it! Todd and Jen

Sarah Bates said...

Definitely #4!

Miranda St John said...

I like # 1 cover.

Anonymous said...

Torn between 3 or 4.
but all look great.

Richard said...

number 1 and 5 look most 'balanced' to me.

Anonymous said...

#2

Anonymous said...

#3

adklauri said...

Having had so much cold weather, I would go with #4. but #5. is nice and larger pics are more eye catching. Can't wait.Where can you park on of these in northern California besides a "rv park"?

Angela Alcorn said...

My pick is #4, then 3 or 1

Anonymous said...

#4 seems to be the best.

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