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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Confessions of a Wall Street Shoeshine Boy

Design by Will Staehle

The reflection of the city in the shoe shows attention to detail and some imagination, but I'm not sure if the whole jacket adds up to a winner. (And does anyone else think symbols standing for letters is getting a bit tired?)

6 comments:

Brian said...

I think the weakest part of the cover is the image chosen for the reflection in the shoe. The handshake in the middle says "cheap stock photo" to me, whereas i wouldn't have thought twice if it were just buildings. I agree with you about the $. another unnecssary addition. Doesn't the name Wall Street scream "money" enough?

Dean said...

The whole cover doesn't add up to much, unfortunately. Like Brian said, the cheesy reflected photo would have been better suited with something less cheesy. The background could have been pavement or a shoeshine stand or even plain green (for envy, money, etc.) or blue (for business)—anything the flat red. The $ has to go; it's not adding anything that isn't already being said somewhere else on the cover. This all adds up to a cover that could have been much more inviting.

shorty said...

Jeez, you guys sure are tough. I don't think it's that bad. I like the image. Yes, get rid of the dollar sign. But otherwise, I don't think it's cheesy.

Ian B. Shimkoviak said...

What a beautifully executed cover for the genre. The image is strong and bold and sucks you in.

Anonymous said...

I always seem to love anything Will does.
I think he is a brilliant designer, and this is a brilliant design. Smart concept, impeccable execution. Makes me want to buy this book.

Anonymous said...

May I add that the bluchers appear to be made of patent leather, a material impervious to shoepolish--and thus to shoeshine boys?