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I have to say, there's not a lot I can pick at on this cover. It's clearly well done. The font choices are clean and classic, there's a pure and simple concept, it's not busy or cluttered and it has good contrast. If I had to guess, I'd say this was professionally designed, and not a DIY.
My only nitpick would be that I'm not seeing anything that places it in the '60s on this cover. Perhaps had there been some kind of psychedelic graffiti/peace sign, or some other iconic '60s symbol on the shoe, (a daisy flower maybe?), it might have given that hint. All in all though, It's quite lovely and inviting. Nice work.
Cathy? What say you?
A nice, clean and balanced cover design! Typography is easy to read and well placed. I like how the title fits nicely inside the shoelaces where they are laying on the background.
Without looking up the title on Amazon, I would guess that this is a modern mystery. But I see that the genre listed is Historical Fiction. The shoes do look as if they might be from the 1970’s or 1980’s? But they are not immediately placing me in the past, if that makes sense? I’d like to see some other detail that would clearly place this novel in the correct period so potential readers would know what to expect overall. That could simply be done by using a period font for the title as I would hate to change anything about the overall design. While the font chosen for this cover (possibly Sabon or Garamond font families) is used quite often on historical, classical covers, I still feel that we need something else in this design to nail the correct period for this novel.
Also a suggestion: one of the top details in book cover design trending now is allowing some part or element of the background/artwork to intersect with the title letters. So, I would have let the shoelace interweave or lay over the title to give the cover a more three-dimensional feel which is so popular in publishing right now.
Below is a quick and dirty edit of that shoestring to illustrate what I am describing:
Overall, this is a well-crafted book cover design. Good job!
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