From John Gall at Vintage, a novel about the highs and lows of one couple through college to adulthood. The author was very conservative with the direction of the design, though there was a youthfulness to the characters and the writing. Here are some comps over the long revision:
From the first round, a sweet, quirky take. John pushed for this I think, but it didn't pan out. There is a small crack down the heart. I don't think I've ever used a heart on a cover before, but I embraced the concept here:
A youthful approach, a photo split in two:
Another variation on the bird design, but this time with the type doing the work:
And the final design (photo by Ann Cutting). John eventually hired a photographer to take this image based on a stock photo I found. The photographer did an excellent job. I considered asking John if I could be paid in part by getting the shoes from the shoot.