Designing great podcast cover art
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G'day and welcome back to Brand My Podcast.
This is Frank as always has your host of this show and we're at at episode 10.
And I'm enjoying this thoroughly creating this show for you as a budding podcasters. Or maybe as a seasoned pro that just likes to hear someone talk shop, but what they're interested in as well, big reason why I listen to a lot of podcasts myself of that kind of nature, so couple things first about the last episode.
You might have heard if you had listened to it.
You might have heard that.
I had a lot of plosive so doing the whole Peas into the the
microphone here makes it look popping sound little bit distracting.
I don't know if it was for you, but for me listening back.
I was like though as well.
I've had to re-record this episode because I'm still trying
to figure out this podmic.
It's a very different microphone to the the blue Yeti microphone
that I have and this was much more naturally sounding to
get this the same similar way for the pod.
Mike is proving to be a bit of a challenge for me.
Really stretchy my knowledge of audio, but it's all part
of the fun for me.
At least so do bear with me as I tweak settings here in there.
Hopefully it becomes a better audio experience for you as
well as learning things along the way and having some takeaway
points are right now.
It's kick into the episode cover art your podcast cover art
is one of those things that people are you remember you for
especially is visual creatures for the most part.
We are looking for something that stands out on the shelf.
I don't care what anyone says about.
We don't your shouldn't judge a book by it's cover when it
comes to podcast.
I think a lot of the time.
You can especially when someone stumbles across your podcast.
So when someone does type in those keywords that you've chosen
magically, and that podcast episode we talked about earlier
about picking a name that is suitable to what it is you're
talking about, but including some key words that You can
search for news comes up.
That's a for branding.
I have a podcast called branding banter so on top 10 branding.
It might just come up for them.
What do they been graded with the choice of the podcast the
come up and that cover art?
What are they choose the one that they most like the look
of in most cases?
I know some people aren't that Biggie but as a visual person
as a designer.
That's what I'm looking for.
Just my own aesthetic personal kind of taste, but your audience
might not be as as picky.
Obviously now podcast cover art comes in all shapes and sizes
that the total I it comes in a square you basically got a
square canvas to work with to capture attention to communicate
what it is.
Your podcast is about or who you might be depending on what
you put on there, but the end of the day it's really just
an identification tool.
Just like a logo would be for a business.
We just want to make sure that I'll listen is can recognise
us from you.
Not really small little thumbnail to make sure it's us.
Or it can tell them a little bit give a little bit of an
insight into what the podcast might be about if they are
just discovering you reason why we want to get a podcast
cover art right special the first time is that we probably
only have like Ms but ID like to give it in her our listeners
a bit more credit.
Bit more time to digest what we've got to say 3 seconds 123.
That's not a lot of time for someone to make a judgement
on whether or not to listen to your podcast the sure they
can click in and find out a bit more about what it shows
about in your description for your show, but that podcast
cover art can make or break.
Just like a book on a bookshelf.
Ok, so I'm going to say that we have 3 seconds really to
play with you.
One second perky consideration.
I'm going to give you hear of what makes a great podcast
cover art something to think about when you're designing
a podcast cover, especially because it's the same.
Key considerations time typically thinking about when brand
a business for my clients, so we're going to a tribute one
second perky consideration.
The first second is 4 colour the second second.
I didn't really think it's the second second is for type
and the third second is for imagery, or get into each of
them it so the first one is colour and Colour plays.
The impact of how we recognise things from either distance
from a fart or even the corner of our eye is the first thing
we typically recognise in visual communication.
I'll give you a couple examples where really plays Atwell
the first for me is my son.
We go to a particular shopping mall here in Sydney and no
joke from 100 metres away.
Is this distinct green colour of our favourite Boost Juice
Bar does the brand Boost Juice like her as smoothie kind
It's just in the middle of a shopping centre.
It's not one of the main stores on either side, but amongst
the sea of all different colours this green stands out and
he can recognise it from 100 metres away.
He's a three-year-old, but he was doing this at 2 years old,
and I filmed in once doing it was like wow that's that's
some serious power of colour Association so that if you become
Play in someone's mind you grab that little one braincell
it they have that are tributes your podcast to that colour.
They see you another different places on your social media
or you email website.
It's going to be in Granger that's of the every time they
said that colour.
They think of your podcast isn't that a great Association
to have I have it even more so with my own ends g'day, Frank
and obviously bring my podcast is an extension of that.
You know with the pink.
Is that every time someone sees a pink coloured object like
the other day.
It was someone's saw a a a Slippery When Wet sign.
That was pink and just said hey this reminded me of you.
I hope it was for the pink and not for the Slippery When
Wet part, but that colour by Association if you have it in
rain in someone's mind.
They're gonna think of you.
Going to be top of mind, so there's some great benefits to
having a great colour choice for your podcast, especially
if it plays.
Another different touch points across the way that you market
your podcast now.
The other part 2 colour is obviously differentiation.
So or distinctively standing out among others like you so
that if you're so that if you have a marketing podcast, let's
say and all the different other marketing podcasts in a typically
have blue or a green or yellow colour involves in their podcast
It's incoming on you to decide whether or not you want to
blend in and fit the mould or differentiate differentiate
you're standing out so in a sea of what's a blue and you
decide to pick Red Bull you're instantly standing out from
the rest is typically not the case of podcast is a quite
varied but do a bit of research.
See what your competitive players out there in your podcast
niche are and find a way to stand out.
Is colour but then when shoes in a colour you might think
what colour do I choose?
You might really seem obvious, but there are some colours
that just associate well with the genre of your topic case
If you had a gardening podcast.
It would be most likely that you're gonna choose green, and
that's what your listen is a probably looking for.
Is that colour association that fits the profile of what
it is you're talking about?
If it's a medical podcast maybe blues in those Aqua kind
of Teal colours would be appropriate if it's a high-energy
kind of Fitness one.
Maybe real electric Blues or reds or yellows.
Hope you get the point that colour.
There's so many facets to this and it is a water psychology
behind it, but try and keep it a simple as possible stick
to one to three.
I'm going to say it most colours.
Don't go beyond that and I'm going to say this as well that
white and Art colour so you can add that in addition to 13
colours never second one is your title design of what fonts
and typefaces you use a find is 1 ft in a family of a typeface.
There's a bit of design learning for you.
Sorry to bother you, too.
Cheers, without little Tiny Tim bit, but what we want to
do, there is pick a font.
That is appropriate to the title of your podcast.
Does the first consideration that if you do have something
that is a more of a modern kind of maybe a tech type of shoes
a clean a fun.
You don't have to go all digital with like looking kind of
plants like a countdown timer type of you know Jack Bauer
blowing it like stopping a bomb kind of timer.
That's about tech like picking something.
It's more modern rather than something that has what you
call Sarah for those little bits of the ends of the letter
shapes and and forms, but if it was more some That was about
a period kind of drama, so you know back in the day kind
of like an Agatha Christie type of thing is having a Serif
font would be more appropriate there.
The other thing is fun choice is ledgerbility so given that
a thumbnail for a podcast can typically sometime to be very
small special offers on someone's phone.
We want them to be able to recognise and read what it says
because if it's too hard to read and someone's not really
going to understand what it is and I might just gloss past
it, so we want to try and make that as evidence illegible,
as we can so my biggest tip.
There is keep it simple, unless you're a design.
You know what you're kinda doing keep it simple.
Don't go too crazy with your phone charge and just keep it
nice and clean rather than real jumbled up all all different
colours of fonts all the rest of it.
Just trying to keep it nice and clean, and then a third one
is imagery now imagery can can Wide gamut of things the main
ones you typically see though with a podcast is either a
photograph of the host or hosts or an illustration of the
posts. You might typically also have a more graphic kind
of style of background or or objects.
It really depends on what kind of podcast you have and it
can be some subject matter that might be easily identifiable
to your niche of audience, and I'll get into an example of
what I mean by that but typically if you want to include
image is well face is really help connect with your listener.
They said at person's face of they see your face.
Let's say, they know instantly who can be listening to again.
We judge a book by it's cover and that since over if you
if you're not all that keen on sharing your face and your
podcast you have a voice for radio type of thing.
I'm going to say you're ugly, but if you're not comfortable
with putting a face at there's no necessity to do so, but
in a Picture Tells a 1000 words.
They say so including a photo of yourself isn't a bad idea
Especially to begin with so the people can associate and
put a face to the name or to the voice.
Should I say so if putting up a photo isn't quite up your
alley. That's totally ok.
You do have other options, or you can even have someone illustrate
a caricature of yourself a lot of podcast popping up with
that kind of style of late.
It's really fun.
Especially if the tone of your show is quite light-hearted
on the flip side, though, if your tone of your show is a
little bit deeper a little bit more serious.
It might be like I murder mystery type of thing or a recount
of a an actual events that are quite serious subject matter
then picking imagery.
That is tonally.
Appropriate so that people instantly understand.
What kind of vibe your show is if it's bright and colourful
over and beautiful and and in a floral and everything you
get the Viber what is show.
Is it going to be about so picking some imagery.
That is applicable just the same as your front Choice just
the same as your colours is cement to really keep in mind.
They're little tin bit here that I want to cover cos it might
be something that you're wondering whether or not you should
So when you set up your podcast and you choose your hosting
provider. They ask you to upload your cover right and typically
that cover 8 is applied to every single episode when you
upload a new episode, but some hosting providers allow you
to attribute is selective.
Podcast cover art for that specific episode that you upload
so could be a customer with an image of the guests that you
have on other a name or Specific about this subject matter
what you're talking about in that episode to customise it
to that way when it comes up on Spotify or apple.
There's a custom.
Bit of artwork.
That's relevant to what is being talked about or who you're
talking to whether or not you should do this and it is totally
up to you.
It doesn't make too much difference, but what I would say
though. Is that the one consideration?
I have is consistency and identifiably Drilling that podcast
cover out of yours into their minds that when they see it
appear in different other places, especially on.
Let's see if you have a guest opportunity on someone else's
podcasts. Are you a guest on their show?
And they share your podcast cover and some of their marketing.
Maybe or you feature on a Blog somewhere.
You keep that cover art consistent, so the people see that
and they're not confused by a separate individualised podcast
cover art for a particular episode.
It's not to say don't do it either person is something I
do what I do instead.
Though is customised how I market my cover art so with to
I add a little circle with the space and their name and use
that to market on Instagram or on my email newsletter or
on LinkedIn and customise it that way so that way that person
that's looking on social a knows who it is.
I'm talking with and then I can click through and then they
can you not listen to the podcast episode.
So that's a little to hear that you want to share their because
it's it's a question that does pop up from time to time.
Can you play wonder whether or not you should just use the
same podcast cover right for every episode or change it up.
So it's totally up to you now if you were a designer you
you know how to design this stuff Photoshop it could be Illustrator
it could be the Adobe XD whatever you want to use to create
your cover art go for it.
It needs to be is a JPEG or PNG image don't make it too,
big and 10.
It doesn't need to be all that big most podcast hosting providers
brought advise you what size to make it.
It's typically anything bigger than 1000 by 1000 pixels now.
If you are a designer.
You have two options here.
One is I'm going to spooky my own service if you had to brand
You can check out my services there.
I do offer podcast art design as a service, so I'll be happy
and I would love to create your cover art.
But if you'd like to do it yourself.
It's just as achievable, and you could use a program or it's
an online tool.
Should I say called camber?
So if you got a canva.com, it is the simplest online tool
for creating graphics for both your cover art for your podcast
an even graphics for marketing your podcast on your social
media. It's drag-and-drop.
It's not a steep learning curve.
They have fonts include colours visual elements that you
And it also allows you to cut out the background of an image
If you've taken a shot on say a plain background already,
and you want to cut it out.
It has an integrated tool for you to be able to do so now.
There's a link in my recent newsletter about it.
If you sign up to that otherwise go to canva.com and you
can sign up for a free account, but there are some features
that are the payroll.
I think it's about $150 Australian a year.
So pretty affordable for something.
That is powerful is it is and can help you market your podcast
at the same time with some cool graphics, so that's the end
of the episode there.
I hope you took a waste something valuable from thinking
about how to design some great cover.
Art is not to say that you can't update your cover over time.
I've done a refresh of my podcast cover arts in the past
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