It is almost entirely an auditory experience when listening to podcasts. By essentially whispering in their ear for an hour, you establish an intimate connection with your audience. There is one area, however, where the visual can play an equally vital role before your words reach your listeners. Listeners will see your podcast cover art when they search for it on their phone. It’s the first thing they see when they discover your podcast. You want this to give listeners a visual first impression of what you want to say in your podcast and your content. As important as good podcast art is, it is one of the requirements for becoming an iTunes featured podcast.

What are some ways that you can represent your sound through an artwork for your podcast? Here’s where to find what you’re looking for! Towards the end of this article, we’ll walk you through the entire process

1. Before you begin designing your podcast cover

It’s impossible for you to jump right in and pound out a cover for your new podcast, no matter how excited you are. Identify the key questions about the product that you’re passionate about in order to keep that enthusiasm focused. Who is your audience, and what kind of podcast do you produce? Your podcast will be a lot stronger if you start thinking about it from the beginning. Make sure you are as specific as you can. You want to start a podcast Does it have anything to do with Is there a particular genre of films you prefer? Is there a certain series of movies you enjoy?

It’s not enough to have a clear understanding of the topic. Additionally, take into account the tone you use in your podcast. When it comes to covering politics, do you report the facts as they are straight forward? (Hooray if that’s the case! This needs to be done more often.) Are you doing it in a funny, snarky What kind of panel talk is it, or are you pontificating all by yourself? They are all valid choices, but they are all different, so they need to be presented in different ways. Who is the intended audience for your content? This is equally important as the first question. Starting with basic categories such as age and gender is a good place to start. You should also think about why someone might want to hear your views on this subject. Can they already be described as The goal of the podcast cover art is to attract your audience, so do you intend to reach out to people who might not be familiar with the subject? In order to know who they are and what they want, it is essential to know their personality.

2. Restrictions and requirements for podcast covers

It is possible to be more creative when you have limitations. You are forced to think about what you need to convey in your cover art and what can be left out. First and foremost, you need to make sure your podcast directory or directories match the format requirements. You can find the iTunes guidelines here. Fortunately, the requirements for podcast cover art are pretty similar across all platforms (Stitcher, Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, etc.) Here is how iTunes defines their requirements for podcast cover art There should be artwork stored in podcast feeds that is at least 1400 x 1400 pixels and at most 3000 x 3000 pixels, 72 dpi, in JPEG (.jpg, .png) or PNG format, and is RGB color. You should compress your images to optimize them for mobile devices, according to Apple.

There is, however, no guarantee that these rules will last. It used to be that a 300 x 300 pixel artwork was the minimum size required. Podcatchers are developed to run on a wide variety of products, from phones to TVs, so the size requirements for podcasts are likely to get larger as people listen to podcasts on more and more devices. For our recommendation, you should create artwork that is closer to 3000 x 3000, since we want you to save yourself the trouble of resizing later on. Other than the size of the image, the most limiting factor is that it must be With widescreen televisions and HD phone screens that can rotate both vertically and horizontally, that unusual format makes sense. Additionally, it is versatile, suiting your screen size which can be either tall or wide. Making something shape-fitting for square frames is difficult, but that is part of what makes it fun.

3. Getting started with your podcast cover

As you begin to plan your podcast cover art, you should decide if you want to use a photo or a drawing. Also, be sure to include these important elements Is there a picture that will be included? There is an implication of verisimilitude in photography Whenever we look at a photo, we automatically assume that it depicts It is fairly obvious that real news, science, and other podcasts based on facts wish for their listeners to think of them as true. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a fiction podcast or not — photos make it seem more

Although photos can be stylized, I think that they cannot be stylized in the same way as a With graphical art for your audio podcast cover, you can create whatever you like. Your audience has no idea what the mood and theme of your show will be until they start No matter whether a photo or illustration is used, what should the actual cover of your book depict? Here’s where that little self check can be useful. A podcast that focuses on its host’s personality is bound to get people’s attention when the face of the host is used. Faces can reflect and even reveal a viewer’s mood or feelings, depending on what they are saying and how they express themselves. When it comes to the show, don’t make it all about you or your hosts. Instead, focus on what you want to achieve through your show. Describe what is cool about the car in your logo if it is a car show Draw some flora and fauna in your work if it’s about nature. Think of the audience when you’re drawing. What kind of cars are they into? Is there a monster truck? Would you call them classics? Getting specific is an important part of the process.

4. Consider where your podcast cover will be used

You have to think about your artwork as a thumbnail in the podcast directory, as we discussed above. In addition to social media, you might also use it for business cards and on your A logo needs to be versatile, just like many other types of marketing materials. Your podcast logo should not be so busy it is hard to read on an iPod, and it should also not be so sparse that it becomes monotonous on your website.

A second thing to consider The audience should know that the podcast is a podcast – although this seems obvious, some people overlook this very important function. When someone sees one of your clever tweets while scrolling through Twitter you ideally want them to know it’s not a car dealership, but a podcast about cars. It is possible to pick a name that makes it clear you are a podcast, but another common solution to this problem is to include podcast iconography When you include either a microphone or headphones in your podcast logo, you make it clear that it is a symbol for something you listen to. Some might argue that this is cliché because two very common icons, but don’t let that stop The reason they’re used frequently is because they’re effective. It’s always a good idea to check out the competition beforehand. You might be able to draw a clever way to use a beer mug as a microphone for your podcast, however someone else might have already done so.

5. Pick a style for your cover

The following six elements form the basis The five choices to consider are line, shape, texture, framing, color, and type. You choose the way in which you use them to determine your cover’s style. Due to the fact that your artwork’s subject is likely to influence what it looks like, we’ll skim over the lines and shapes. You can use the lines of the object to direct the viewer’s eye to the part you want them to see. It doesn’t matter how stylized you draw a boat for your sailing podcast, as it should not be so abstract that it doesn’t convey the idea of a boat. If you have a limited budget, texture and framing will need to be considered. When there is too much shading and texture, it becomes a muddled mess on the small screen of a music player. In addition, there are a limited number of ways to frame a face or other part of the body in a square photograph. It is important to create a look that reflects the content of your podcast. As an example, fun and colorful is appropriate for an inspirational podcast less so for one about the Holocaust. A retro appearance will probably be liked by fans of vintage car shows, but not by tech-savvy podcasters.

6. Give your podcast cover some color

Focus on color theory for a moment. A naturalistic photograph will affect the look of your podcast logo, while a hyperstylized comic book drawing will affect the look of your podcast logo. Cool colors soothe the soul, and warm colors evoke energy, brightness, and action. Color temperature also affects your mood—warm colors make you feel energised and cheerful, whereas cool colors make you feel calm, tranquil, However, you are not required to use one color. A combination of complementary colors (i.e., colors on opposite sides of the color wheel) makes an especially striking contrast. Colors like yellow and purple, for example, give an image an irresistible appeal. On the other hand, analogous colors result in a color scheme that feels cohesive. For example, you could choose a dominant color for the podcast logo, and another that’s nearby on the color wheel for it to complement or accent. There will be a sense of order and purpose in your logo.

You can achieve a radical contrast while at the same time remaining in balance by using This is a color wheel that has equal distances between the colors. It is important to ensure that each element of your podcast logo is identifiable, while allowing the logo as a whole to remain harmonious by using triadic colors.

7. Let your typography speak

Considering you have only words to work with in the podcast world, it would only make sense that words would be crucial for your podcast cover art. In 99 out of 100 cases, the words that appear on your podcast cover will be the one you want to use as your podcast title. If you have an established brand, you may be able to use an abbreviation. In contrast, if you’re a part of a podcasting network, you might need to include their lettermark, which is complicated. Having a large logo is not a good idea. It has a nurturing, maternal feel to it because of its simple font. It is evident from the text that an image is incorporated within it. By describing the feeling you have in mind you can get a designer to choose the perfect font. Typography is a whole field unto itself, but for a non-expert working with a designer, finding the right font isn’t that difficult. You cannot go wrong with a modern font There is nothing more classic than a serif font In this script, the humanist perspective is prominent. It’s impossible to think of everything that can be done. This guide will aid you in finding the right font for your documents. You should never lose sight of legibility regardless of how perfect the font is. There is no point in making the text too small, as everyone will be unable Unless the words are large enough to overshadow the imagery, the words will dominate. are after If you do it intentionally, it should not be considered an accident.)

Your words and podcast cover art, working together in harmony

A perfect podcast logo combines a multitude of components that are all geared towards achieving a single brief introduction to yourself and why people should pay attention Especially since many podcasts are the result of passion projects, this can seem like a daunting task. Their intimacy and personal nature makes them so unique. You don’t have to go it alone just because you can’t go it You want a podcast cover that conveys your mood on all platforms, so the right designer can take your style and tone into account.

By Peter