Episode 9

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Published on:

30th Mar 2021

Does Cover Art Really Matter?

Welcome to PodOn, the podcast where we share stories from other podcasters and talk with them about the challenges we all face when beginning the podcasting journey. If you are a podcaster, we would love to hear your story and your feedback. If you love this podcast, please subscribe and share it with your friends. 

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but let’s face it, sometimes it is inevitable. In this episode of PodOn, Julian and TJ talk about the visual resources of your show and the face of your podcast, the cover art. Julian takes it away on one of his favorite topics and gives us advice on how to create an attractive yet clear and understandable cover image. Plus TJ shares a list of podcasts with great cover art to draw inspiration from and get started. Join Julian and TJ in this conversation and get a crash course on design priorities for your podcast’s success!

Jump straight into:

(00:51) - Why should you care about cover art? - “If you're walking in a store and you're looking for a new bottle of wine, how do you know if the wine's good? Some people are just attracted to the labels.”

(2:43) - Must-haves: Technicalities about your image - “What's most important is making sure that your title pops, you have to be very aware that most people are listening to podcasts on their phones and so it's a small little square image.

(04:08) - Photos, titles, and color - “Search for that general topic that the podcast is about, really understand what's already out there, and make sure that from a color standpoint, you have something different than other things that can pop up.”

(07:36) - New cover art for each episode or season? - “If you have the bandwidth or you have a team supporting you, then definitely you can lean into that. It's not something that you absolutely need to have, but it definitely is something that can do wonders.”

Resources

From Woke to Work

Bride to Have Been

1 Hour Intern

Dissect

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

PodOn is hosted by TJ Bonaventura and Julian Lewis, founders of the full-service podcast company based in San Francisco, StudioPod. If you want more details on how to fully record and produce your podcast with our services, you can reach us at http://studiopodsf.com, send us an email at info@studiopodsf.com or contact us through our social media channels as @studiopodsf.

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About the Podcast

PodOn Podcast
Created by the founders of StudioPod to share their best practices when podcasting.
Welcome to the PodOn Podcast! We launched to help you, the curious and scrappy podcaster, learn what it takes to launch, maintain, and grow your podcast. We provide best practices in 15-minute episodes, complemented with interviews of industry experts and podcasters across all genres. If you’re a podcaster, we would love to hear your story and your feedback. If you love this podcast, please subscribe and share it with your friends.

PodOn is hosted by TJ Bonaventura and Julian Lewis, founders of the full-service podcast media company based in San Francisco, StudioPod. If you want more details on how to fully record and produce your podcast with our services, check out our website (http://studiopodsf.com). You can also send us an email (info@studiopodsf.com) or contact us through our social media channels (@studiopodsf).

About your hosts

TJ Bonaventura

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I began my podcasting journey in 2016. A friend and I tried to launch a podcast and I couldn't believe how much went into creating a show...crazy right?!? For the last 4 years, I've jumped headfirst in podcasting and have made it my passion and livelihood. Since opening StudioPod in 2018 I've helped companies, writers, professional athletes, doctors, and many others produce their podcasts.

Julian Lewis

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Working ~15 years in digital media and teaching a media course, I thought launching my own podcast would be easy. Overwhelmed, I outsourced production and editing to StudioPod, allowing me to focus on what I'm best at, the content and promotion. I joined forces with TJ to help make podcasting easier for the masses, as he did for me.