Cover Options for Mobilizing the Past

I’ve spent a good bit of time this July laying out the next book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology edited by Erin Walcek Averett, Jody Michael Gordon, and Derek Counts will represent both state of the field survey on digital tools and techniques in archaeological fieldwork, and also offer critical perspectives on these tools and methods. 

Last week, I posted some images of the page layout and got some good feedback on it. This week, I want to post two cover mock ups and get some feedback. Both are designed by Dan Coslett and will invariably receive some tweaking by the time they appear in print. The concepts, however, are pretty fully formed and the play between the trowel and the tablet carries through to the chapters headings throughout the book.

00 MTP Introduction Trial 09 pdf page 1 of 32

Here’s cover option 1:

MtP Cover 3a dft1

Here’s cover option 2 (the grey border is just to set it off from the white background of the blog):

MtP Cover 4a dft1 jpg

What do you think?


  1. vincentoreilly July 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    For what it’s worth if anything, the use of a tablet-like device on the cover will date the book in a very few years if not already. That is OK only if you can accept the content being perceived as rapidly being outdated also. (Being you, you probably can.)


  2. Kostis Kourelis July 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I like the first option and it’s surreal reality-tablet overlap. Only thing to watch out would be finding the right placement for the dark pad corner and it’s overlap with the black letters.


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