Last month, we opened submissions for cover art to the upcoming Corona SDK Game Development Beginner’s Guide by Michelle Fernandez. Earlier this month, the contest formally ended and we received more than 40 entries for us and Packt Publishing to carefully scrutinize.
And now, we have found our winners! 🙂
Our two runners up receive a one-year subscription to the Packt Games Library (a $120 value), which is packed with all kinds of eBooks on game development and programming — and yes, that includes Michelle’s book too!
Upon laying eyes on this cover, only one thing came to our mind: GAMING!
The brilliant use of classically styled gaming icons around a beautifully constructed pyramid for the title typography really made this a faithful and eye-catching book cover. Seeing something like this on shelves would certainly pique the curiosity of an aspiring game developer — which is what a book cover essentially is supposed to do!
The imagery of Corona being a ‘Power Button’ for game development is one that we had been toying with in the early stages of Ansca Mobile. Perhaps that’s why we loved this entry so much.
We mentioned before that we would judge the entries partially on “how they evoke the feeling of working with Corona.” And even though we never adopted the ‘Power Button’ imagery officially as a company, we still feel the same way about Corona’s ability to empower anyone to build a mobile app.
I’m sure many of you feel the same way too! 😉
The grand prize winner will have their cover art used in the official release of the Corona SDK Game Development Beginner’s Guide (obviously!) and receive two free copies of the book and $100 USD in cash.
Upon seeing this cover, we were floored! Aside from the incredible detail and artistic ability displayed in the picture itself, we also liked the sense of “blasting off” that it conveyed in its composition. We have always aimed for Corona to be the definitive launch point for your mobile app endeavors (as many of you have already shown), and this entry hit the nail on the head with depicting that. Artistically incomparable and highly demonstrative of the underlying mantra of Corona, this entry takes the cake!
You can find out more about the winners themselves over at the Packt site.
We’ll be contacting the winners individually to arrange for their prizes.
In the mean time, you can pre-order the book on Amazon now.
A big thanks and hearty round of applause is in order for everyone who submitted an entry for the book cover contest — as you can tell by our slight delay, picking the winners was no easy task. We were unexpectedly but very pleasantly overwhelmed by the quality of entries we received, and it has spurred our enthusiasm for holding more contests like this (and chances for you to win!) in the future.
No wonder why so many of your games have such awesome artwork! 😉