photo (2)The cover design for “The Courtship of Two Doctors” has won SILVER FINALIST honors and is in contention for a gold in the Benjamin Franklin Awards competition of the Independent Book Publishers Association. The design team was Kathi Dunn of Dunn+Associates Design of Wisconsin and author and editor Martha H. Fitzgerald of Martha Fitzgerald Consulting of Louisiana  — “a wonderful collaboration,” says Dunn.

The two exchanged ideas and concepts for the cover before Fitzgerald hit on the idea of photographing the actual letters and a couple of envelopes.

“Kathi picked up on the deep purple of the Air Mail stamp and the letterhead to produce the color scheme. ‘Are you psychic?’ I asked her. ‘Deep purple was my dad’s favorite color!'”

Fitzgerald also rescanned the photo on the cover to show its flaws–stain and torn corner. “I love this photo,” she says. “Rarely do you find a historical photo that radiates such love. He had come down to Louisiana to see her after nine months of exchanging letters. His family met her family, they all got along great, and the two knew their destiny was to be together. This photo was snapped on the morning they left. She is sporting his fraternity pin,which was tantamount to engagement.If you look close, you can almost see the stars in their eyes!”

Special touches:

  • The look of faded stationery on the spine and back cover, complete with worn edges.
  • Cancellation stamp from a 1939 letter on the top of the spine.
  • The “spilling” of letters from front cover onto front flap, drawing the reader inside the book.

Bravo, Kathi!