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Book Cover Design Contest No.6 – Venus febriculosa

Venus febriculosa, a website devoted to contemporary literature and the art and design of books, announces its Cover Design Contest No. 6.

This time the Venus febriculosa challenge is about the exploration of the interrelationship between two very different works: one, a psychiatric manual first published in 1952 and the other a popular 1970s rock “concept” album.

If you had a chance to design a book cover for the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), how would you design it? If you had a chance to create the CD/DVD cover for the 40th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon, what would you visualize?

Objective

The purpose of the contest is to explore the interrelationship between two very different works: one, a psychiatric manual first published in 1952 and the other a popular 1970s rock “concept” album.

Publication of the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013 will mark one the most anticipated events in the mental health field, replacing the current edition, DSM-IV-TR. DSM is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the US healthcare system.

2013 will also mark the 40th anniversary of the release of one of the best-selling albums of all time, The Dark Side of the Moon by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, which is also one of the most recognizable album covers of all time, designed by Hipgnosis partners Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell and created by their associate George Hardie (Thorgerson also designed the cover for the 20th Anniversary box set edition, who also participated in the design of the 30th Anniversary 5.1 channel surround sound mix on the SACD format.).

Submissions may be in the form of a book cover or CD/DVD for the DSM-5 and/or an album cover or CD/DVD for the 40th Anniversary of the Dark Side of the Moon or a “mashup” of both works.

Prizes

The designer of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $671 US and will be featured on the Venus febriculosa website.

Other winners may be selected for additional special prizes to be announced.

Rules

  • This international competition is open to anyone 18 years or older.
  • Both design professionals and students are encouraged to enter.
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • All design entries must be an original artwork of the entrant’s own creation.
  • Use of copyrighted materials not owned by the entrant will result in disqualification from the contest.

How to enter?

Submissions must be in either digital JPEG or PDF format only and must be sent to both of the following addresses: admin [at] venusfebriculosa.com (please replace [at] with @) and marco.sonzogni [at] vuw.ac.nz (please replace [at] with @).

Submissions must include Full Name, Mailing Address, E-Mail Address, and Country of Residence or Country of Birth.

All questions should be directed to admin [at] venusfebriculosa.com (please replace [at] with @).