The pictures I posted last night aren’t really the greatest for seeing the cover of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, so here’s a shot of the book jacket spread out on my desk:
This isn’t the greatest, either, but it does give you a sense of the key features of the jacket design, which I like a lot:
First of all, there’s the quizzical looking black dog on the cover. I’ve known about this image for a while, but I really like the dog’s expression. I wish I could reliably get Emmy to do that and get a picture of it.
The second element, and the first new to me, is the yellow spine with the little Jack Russell terrier reaching for the title. That’s a really nice touch, and makes the book stand out even when it’s not shelved facing out.
Third, there’s the shaggy little dog in the cone on the back cover. I’m not sure why they picked that particular dog to be looking up at the awesome blurbs, but it’s a cute effect.
Now, it’s entirely possible that I’d be saying nice things about any design at all that they came up with, because, dude, Real Books! But I do think that the art department did a really nice job with this.
As for Emmy, she’s not happy that there are three– three!– inferior dogs on the cover, but I explained to her that they’re on the cover because the book is designed to help other humans understand quantum physics and explain it to their dogs. Having such an obviously superior animal as herself on the cover would just be too intimidating for the average owner of an inferior dog.
She’s resigned to it, now, but remains skeptical that other dogs will get very much out of it… She’s particularly dubious about the Jack Russells– “Those dogs won’t sit still long enough to learn anything,” she said. “They have the attention span of a– ooh! cracker crumbs!”
So, there you go.