SSH Mastery Cover Rough

Here’s the cover rough for SSH Mastery, by my pet artist the highly talented Bradley K McDevitt. If you see anything wrong with it, please say so now.

SSH Mastery Cover

SSH Mastery Cover

12 comments to SSH Mastery Cover Rough

  • Some minor niggles:

    * OpenSSH should be one word.
    * I’d make ‘by’ in a slightly smaller typeface.
    * I’d put the other book titles in a slightly different typeface or otherwise differentiate them.
    * I’d let the SSH Mastery title stand by itself, without separating it with a colon.

  • Ah, also there should probably be a space between “W.” and “Lucas”.

  • Billy Larlad


    or not.

  • george

    also, I don’t believe “critically-acclaimed” is hyphenated, since “critically” ends in ly.

    “Tilted Windmill”? Isn’t that a knight?

    And maybe “Secure Tunnels”?

    I keep thinking how your PGP book was mistitled, but I guess the audience is different too.

  • siandjing

    I think this cover isn’t as good as Absolute series covers.
    Frankly this is horrible.

  • zan

    i agree it’s horrible,
    don’t use a photo, you can do a “Cover Design Contests and Competitions”

  • Hi there. I’m putting in my 2 cents for what it’s worth. I really like the artwork, a whole bunch in fact, just not the font. I like the size of the font just not the font itself. It looks self-published to me. Not that self-publishing is bad, not at all. It just LOOKS self-published. Hope that helps.

  • gianni

    I’m afraid I have to agree with the previous posters, it is horrible and not in the same class as the No Starch covers.
    On a more constructive note maybe best to loose the photo and follow Royce’s typography suggestions. The Pufferfish is generally associated with you know what and not SSH; for me this sends a confusing message.

  • d.c.

    Well, fizzing pufferfish *is* associated just right. But I don’t like the font, colors and the photo either. “Pseudoitalics” are almost never a good idea. But I do like the Don Quixote logo.

  • gianni

    > Well, fizzing pufferfish *is* associated just right.

    My mistake, so it is. I wasn’t aware that the pufferfish is also used by OpenSSH and I immediately though of OpenBSD when I saw it.

  • Tessio

    One question.. Why you switched from No Starch?

  • Tessio,

    I haven’t switched. This is an experiment.

    Absolute OpenBSD 2nd Ed. will come out through NSP.