This is an updated spec after testing 157 designs submitted in round 1.
Probably, we should use one of the photos attached and create a type treatment for it. I think it is "good enough," though I am possibly open to other options. However, drum sets are complex beasts, and it is very difficult to get these photos right.
Here is what we found after polling the first round's initial 157 designs.
1. Drummers prefer photos of gear, but it must be the right gear.
2. The drum set must be a jazz set, clean and not worn, of a very high quality brand, set up in a standard configuration playable by a right-handed player.
3. It is probably best to avoid illustrations.
The text must be clear and strong, legible if the design is an inch high.
My guess now is that we will go with a design based on the provided photo, #906, and this means that winning this contest will come down to being first with a sensible type treatment for the title and author name.
However, if you want to try to be a force for disruption, I could see a winning design being a jazz drum set in context, such as a concert or a club gig. If other instruments are present, it would be upright bass, piano, and saxophone, but they need to be subservient to the drums. Try to capture a traditional/retro jazz vibe.
Keep it simple, bold, and strong. Find the music. There's an advantage to keeping the same typeface as in the book Berklee Jazz Bass: http://berkleepress.com/bass/berklee-jazz-bass/
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