Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kickstarter Update #3 - Cover options!

The Kickstarter project to fund Tapping into the Pulse: Political public opinion polling in Canada, 2013, covering polls at both the federal and provincial levels throughout the year, continues to chug along. We are at 72% of our funding goal - which must be met for the book to be published - thanks to the generous support of 143 backers. But we only have 10 days to go!

If everyone who has already pledged gets a friend to pledge the minimum amount to secure an advanced copy of the eBook as well, we'd achieve our funding goal today!

In past updates, I've outlined the chapters that will be in Tapping into the Pulse and announced that Paul Adams, associate professor at Carleton University, would be writing the foreword.

Today, I'm pleased and grateful to announce that Saul Bottcher of IndieBookLauncher.com has generously donated the services of his Canadian company so that this book can be published. IndieBookLauncher.com will be taking care of the technical aspects of publishing Tapping into the Pulse, ensuring that the conversion to various eBook formats is done professionally and allowing me to focus on the writing of the book. But what is more exciting is that IndieBookLauncher.com will also be designing the cover. Check out their website for some of the great covers they have already done and some samples.

Saul has done three mock-up, draft concepts for the cover and I'm happy to present them here for comment.

Which of these three covers do you like best? Do you have any thoughts on them? Let me know! You can leave a comment on the site, or at the Kickstarter project page, or you can send me an email.

I'll be compiling your responses in an informal poll, and announce which cover has been chosen in the next week.

Let me also take this opportunity to remind you about the rewards at the $75 and $100 levels. In addition to an advanced copy of the eBook, the reward entitles you to a choice of riding whose history I will profile or, at the $100 level, an analysis topic of your choice. These will be published at this site before the next federal election.

Since last week, the following ridings have been claimed with these rewards: Winnipeg South Centre, Beauce, Skeena-Bulkley Valley, and Winnipeg North, in addition to the ones that had previously been claimed (Kingston and the Islands and Kitchener-Waterloo). Some very interesting ridings! But they will also only be profiled if the funding goal is reached - so let's get that bar to 100%!

Thanks again to all those who have already pledged. It goes a long way to help support the continued operation of this site, which is maintained by only minimal advertising revenue. It is greatly appreciated!

23 comments:

  1. My preference would be the one on the left. It is hard to tell what the other two are even about from looking at the cover, while the one on the left screams polling.

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  2. Exciting times! I'd vote for option 2 in the middle. Looks the most dynamic to me, and I'm not sure the cover needs to use the five parties' colours (though this obviously works very nicely on the site, alongside myriad graphs!)

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  3. I'm leaning to the one in the centre. Only one that leaps out and grabs you IMO.

    Coming along well Eric. Good on ya

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  4. I guess the one on the left is the most clear, but it's also the least artful. I prefer the right one, with the middle one coming in second.

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  5. Interesting comments, guys! Thanks! Keep them coming.

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  6. Number 2 looks like packaging for baking soda or detergent... The left one is clear, links with the title (the poll graph also resembling a pulse meter), but maybe a bit generic... The one on the right is visually attractive, has the party colours, but maybe those colorus could look a little more like the graphics you'd use in a poll chart?

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  7. The first one on the left definitely. It keeps with the look and feel of your website and the graphic ties it to the theme.

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  8. That third one is awful! I veto that... do I have veto power? Well if I don't I veto that :P Anyway, the first one is the best, but the middle one is fine too.

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  9. The one on the left has the same theme as the blog, I like that.

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  10. The left one is my preference as well.

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  11. First one! But chop the chart image down to only cover the 2013 period.

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  12. I'll give you a $75 pledge if you promise not to use the third one.

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    1. Deal!

      Surprised that it has emerged as the least favourite - it was my second choice!

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    2. All right, I'll stick to my word then; $75 coming your way.

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  13. Of the three, the left-most is my favourite. I would suggest that it could maybe be simplified a little. It feels a little busy with the bars of colour at the top and the bottom. My suggestion would be to eliminate the bars at the top.

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  14. The cover on the left would be my only choice. Visually it is definitely the most appealing.

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  15. The one on the left would definitely by my preference. I think it's generally a drawback to putting the year (2013) on the cover, as it might brand the book obsolete in half a decade. Putting your website on the cover should serve as a benefit.
    The main benefit of the 1st cover is that the graph immediately grabs my curiosity, as most graph lovers can attest. I've always been skeptical using the colour yellow on a cover (the middle cover) as it tends to fade out quite quickly. In addition, the two right side covers look more 'aggressive' or 'sporty' (relating to speed), and I'm not sure if those would best suit the book's content.

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    1. That is an interesting point about having the year on the cover, but since it is just about 2013 I think it is appropriate. Also, I hope to do this every year, so the next one will have the same title, just with 2014. And so on...

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