Book Cover Design Project #15 – Birds Of A Feather…


“Birds of a feather flock together” – This proverb dates back to 1545 when Robert Turner used a version of it in The Rescuing of Romish Fox; “Byrdes of one kynde and colour flok and flye allwayes together”. The first appearance in its current English form was in 1599, in the The Dictionarie in Spanish and English, compiled by John Minshue; “Birdes of a feather will Flocke togither.”

It is true that birds of the same species will form flocks. The main reason for this is to avoid predation. Safety in numbers. The expression implies that humans will tend to do the same thing, perhaps for any number of reasons.

book cover design project 15 - birds of a feather

Creating the design I just let the words and the image of the feather guide me and it seemed quite effortless today. The image of the feather is from a photograph (not one of mine). You can view the original here. The red background was created by desaturating the original image using Photoshop and then applying hue and saturation adjustments. I then applied a posterize adjustment to the image, reducing the image to about 5 colors/shades. I chose a typeface called Bauhaus which gives a bit of a late 60’s early 70’s funk feeling. I chose a script typeface with long swashes, called Zapfino, to represent the word feather. I didn’t really think about what kind of book this design might represent while working. I would love to hear what kind of book or story you might be thinking of. I will return later and share what I thought while reflecting on the completed design.

That’s it for today. I think this might be my favorite BCD submission yet!

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See you all tomorrow.
Sean