About Green Dolphin Street‘s Whimsical Cover

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

Green Dolphin Street

Written by Maria Poulopoulos, the cover designer of Green Dolphin Street:

Elizabeth Goudge’s novel, Green Dolphin Street, is an inspiring novel of love, coming of age, and exploration. New Zealand is the setting of character growth and adventure for the two main characters William and Marianne. The two characters began their life together there, growing and learning the land together. The setting of the book truly inspired my cover design, which is a photo showing a scenic road in the beautiful mountains of New Zealand. What inspired me to hand letter the title was my desire for a more unique look representing the imperfections of life and humanity as Marianne and William discover and conquer. The texture of the hand-lettering also compliments the textures of the mountains. Usually I prefer to design simple covers that leave room for interpretation and don’t give away too much about the characters. So for Green Dolphin Street I let the cover be fairly simple with a hint of symbolism. To me, the road represents the long, grand journey that Marianne and William face while living with one another in this new land. In order to make Elizabeth Goudge’s name really pop, I kept it prominent on top in a lighter color.

For more information about this beautiful cover and inspiring novel, check out this video, this blog post, these reviews of Elizabeth Goudge, and our website.

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We Choose Life: A Bright Cover for a Life-Changing Book

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

We Choose Life

Written by Karol Bailey, the cover designer of We Choose Life:

Instead of focusing on the terrible tragedy of abortion the cover, We Choose Life reaches out to the target audience by featuring the positive result of choosing life. Bright colors, the movement and expression of the young boy, and the Gioviale typeface support this directive. Point-of-view perspective is used to engage the reader, drawing them into these authentic stories.

For more information about this hopeful, life-giving book, visit our website.

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Symbolism in Reflecting the Eternal‘s Cover Design

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

Reflecting the EternalWritten by Keri O’Brian, cover designer of Reflecting the Eternal by Marsha Daigle-Williamson:

The cover design for Reflecting the Eternal is intentionally layered with meaning because it needed to speak to C.S. Lewis and Dante scholars in equal measure. Divided into two sections, the cover has a portrait of C.S. Lewis in the top left, and in the bottom right, peeking through beneath the portrait, is Gustave Doré’s engraving depicting two figures in front of the celestial rose. In the iconic engraving, those shadowed figures are Dante and Virgil. However, in the context of this book, I wanted to raise the question: “Is that Dante and Virgil, or Dante and Lewis?” The juxtaposition of the 19th century engraving and Lewis’ photograph is dynamic, an energy matched by contrasting typefaces and pops of red in the cover design.

To learn more about this fascinating book, read this interview with Marsha Daigle-Williamson, this review of Reflecting the Eternal, this blog series on the book, or visit our website.

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What Is the Significance of Surface Tensions‘ Cover Design?

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

Surface Tensions Catching Ricebirds Reflecting the EternalWritten by Tina Donohue, the cover designer of Surface Tensions:

In approaching the design for Surface Tensions, I started by choosing a serene background image of tranquil, sunlit ocean water to represent the “sacred” that we all search for in our media flooded lives. I then covered the background image with dark lines that allow only a portion of the “sacred” to be seen. The dark lines serve a dual purpose. They have a jagged, torn edge effect to represent tension and frustration. The lines also create a sense of obscurity to the “sacred.” I chose simple, san-serif fonts that would not compete with the background. I added a feeling of tension to the title by having it stretch across the cover and bleed off the edges. Ultimately, the cover design represents seeing through the darkness, frustration, and obscurity to the “sacred.”

For more information about this fascinating book, check out this video interview with the author, Nathan Roberts, or visit our website.

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Why Catching Ricebirds‘ Cover Is so Bold

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

Catching Ricebirds Reflecting the Eternal Surface TensionsWritten by Karol Bailey, the cover designer of Catching Ricebirds:

The message contained in this powerful autobiography required a sensitive touch. Catching Ricebirds’ cover design evolved from the initial idea of showing a split-screen image of the author containing AK-47s and the destruction of war contrasted with the journey of peace and reconciliation that he has experienced through forgiveness and God’s redemptive power. The end result refines this transformation by showing the emergence of the author from a dark-filled space to light with a resolute expression on his face. The angle of the camera below the author’s chin and the position of the image on the page contribute to the suggestion of his strength through Christ.

A bright yellow village weaver is used on the spine and the yellow color is repeated in the title. This bird played a role in the childhood memories of the author and in the book as a metaphor for the continued healing of the people of Liberia.

If you’d like more information about this powerful memoir, check out this video interview of the author, Marcus Doe, as well as this written interview. A full description of the book is located on either of those pages as well as our website.

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The Theology of Work Bible Commentaries‘ Cover Design

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

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Written by Keri O’Brien, the designer of Theology of Work Bible Commentary, Volume I:

Theology of Work Bible Commentary, Volume I needed to maintain and expand upon the brand established by the Theology of Work Project, as well as set the tone for the rest of the volumes within the Theology of Work Bible Commentary series. This title draws from the color and typographic palettes employed by the Theology of Work brand. Black and white imagery, showing people performing different types of “work,” serves as a backdrop. For this volume, which covers Genesis through Deuteronomy, an image of a farmer pushing a wheelbarrow was chosen, drawing on themes of beginnings and growth.

For more information about Theology of Work Bible Commentary, Volume I, feel free to visit our website or Theology of Work Project’s website.

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The Accidental Executive Cover Design: Explained

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

The Accidental Executive

Written by Karol Bailey, the cover designer of The Accidental Executive:

The Accidental Executive contains business and faith lessons from the life of Joseph. The foreshortening of the skyscraper creates the illusion of a pyramid which suggests a modern perspective on the business lessons learned during Joseph’s time in Egypt. A sleek and sophisticated color palette and the sharp serifs of the Trajan Pro typeface support the executive appearance of the cover.

For more information about this fascinating book, check out this interview with the author, Al Erisman, or our website.

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Why The Complete Jewish Study Bible Cover Is so Beautiful

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

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Written by Karol Bailey, the cover designer of The Complete Jewish Study Bible (hardcover and flexisoft):

The intent of The Complete Jewish Study Bible hardcover and flexisoft cover designs was to show the complexity of the Jewishness of God’s Word yet have it appear accessible to both Jew and Gentile readers. The traditional color palette derives from the blue and gold used on Jewish prayer shawls or tallits. Another relatable feature of the hardcover design is a portion of the ornate design which adorns the ceiling of the Cetate Synagogue in Timisoara, Romania. The gold and impressed olive branches on both covers are symbolic of peace and reconciliation between God and man through Christ Jesus.

For more information about The Complete Jewish Study Bible, check out this video, our website, and our Facebook and Twitter.

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