Original unedited Capital Times cover design


“Is it possible to revert to the first cover you sent through, but add colour to the hair and jacket? Maybe a blond, with coloured jacket, we get that it is a silhouette, but we avoid black on the cover as it looks gloomy in the stands and deters pickup, it also means lots of ink on the cover and the ink comes off on readers hands and they don’t like it and don’t pick it up. We love the bucket fountain as a device. Also we love the badge on the breast but would want words slightly less precious, the best we have come up with here so far is Over and Out”

“Terribly sorry, but I’m not touching that first cover.”

“Just to let you know, after much back and forth discussion, we went with your first cover option for this last paper, we had to modify slightly, I hope that is ok with you.”

And that, dear reader, is what they did.


Closing time

Cover2Well, that’s it for Jitterati. Thank you for reading. I’ve uploaded the complete archives here, but in the past couple of days I unwisely offered to produce the final cover of Capital Times, and haven’t had time to annotate the 540 episodes from the past 12 years. Click on the image above (the second rejected cover design in 24 hours) for an A3 print-quality PDF (7.8MB).

I thought I’d feel differently about this, but it’s been such bloody chaos in the past 48 hours I haven’t processed it. After I get back from a quick Wellington visit, I’ll work out what to do next.