I have been working on some of the different design elements of Portfolio Volume 4 and this week I am focusing on the cover design. I wrote a post a few years ago on the cover design for Portfolio Volume 3 seen here. Not much has changed with the way that I am approaching this new cover. It’s hard for me to accept the first or second design I come up with no matter how much I am in love with it. I instead force myself to test out several ideas as a way to keep the design process a little more relaxed and free flowing. For the Vol. 4 cover, I have been jumping back and forth between going minimal versus a more aggressive textured background. I also experimented with color palettes, text size, text location, text orientation, etc. Beyond some of these more general layout strategies are thoughts of how to relate the cover to the rest of the content and the overall tone of the portfolio. I am still exploring ideas and have not yet made a decision of what design I want to go with. Below are some of the options I am leaning towards.