I like people. I like communities, I like the interactive process, I like the wisdom of crowds, and I love collaborations. You might have figured that out when I financed the book through a crowdfunding campaign, back in January 2012.
It should come as no surprise that for the book cover I decided to go with crowdsourcing. 99designs is pretty neat, and very simple. You set up a contest, describe what you want and how you want it, and designers from all around the world join in a friendly competition/collaboration, where they improve upon each others' ideas to create the best design, one that really fits you.
In just 7 days of contest I received 74 designs from 25 designers. The prize was set at $299, and it was won by a talented Mexican designer, who worked on 8 version before arriving at the final design, thus making him the winner.
As if that wasn't enough, I also relied on my facebook and twitter followers to decide upon the final two contestants, receiving more than 500 votes on the poll.
Another chapter of this collaborative experiment is finished, and there are more to come, before the final release of the book on November 5.
Thank you for helping out again, I hope you like the book cover!