I measured both the height and with of the front cover, back cover and spine in order to get the dimensions to input into the computer. I measured Nineteen Eighty-Four written by George Orwell.
Front cover height 196mm
Font cover width 132mm
Back cover height 196mm
Front cover width 196mm
Curvature – 2mm either side = 4
Width (from back cover to front cover inc spine) 286 mm I then input this into indesign where I adjusted the size of the document, the margins, and then moved guides from the vertical axis to highlight the boundaries of the spine. This then gave me the template in which to design from.
I wanted to try using the the rule of thirds in my design. The audiences eye will feel most naturally comfortable. I aligned the authors name to the lower third, drawing the eye to the well know writer. The audience will instantly recognise the name and hopefully be interested in the book.