Sunday, October 07, 2007

Now for the important question

What colour should my dissertation cover be?

21 Comments:

Bardiac said...

You get a choice?

Do NZ schools have "colors"? (Thus revealing for all and all time my ignorance!)

Can you get it in parrot colors?

Propter Doc said...

I had to be black, blue, green or red for the library copies, but the choice of most of the rainbow for my own personal copies. I went for two blue copies (one for my parents, one for the library) and two lilac copes (one for me and one for the boss).
Red always looks good though! Brightly coloured bookend...

~profgrrrrl~ said...

I was allowed to choose, and I chose mauve because ... well, just because. I secretly delighted in the oddness of it.

StyleyGeek said...

We do get to choose. And I'm not sure I understand your question. Do you mean whether the universities here have a colour that is associated with them? In that case, no.

As for parrot colours: yellow like a sulphur-crested cockatoo?!?

I never thought of getting some copies one colour and others another, PD. That leaves the options even more wide open...

Mauve is pretty cool, PG.

One of the profs in our dept told me it should be black, since that is the only "serious" colour. I hope he was joking...

I'm tending towards red, but my MA thesis was red, and maybe they should be different colours.

I should note that these are only the copies for examination, not the library copies. So I can change the colour for the library copies when I get those done, anyway.

Jana said...

Wine red. Not boring blue or, heaven forfend, black.

Seeking Solace said...

Red. A nice power color!

JustMe said...

i vote for a variety of pastels! and have you considered gold? you know to represent the value of the inside? like gold leaf or something. that strikes me as serious.

Kelly said...

Um, bardiac, Styley's university is in Australia, not New Zealand. Universities here in New Zealand (where I am) do not specify colors for library binding as far as I am aware.

Go for something unique! I'd say red, too, but I agree that you should differentiate your PhD thesis from your MA. Purple? Green? Propter Doc's lilac sounds nice.

But...you have to get your examination copies bound? Here we can do softbound ones either lumbecked (a glued fabric binding and a cardstock-weight cover) or using comb binding, even, so I can do it myself! I wouldn't waste the money on hard-binding examination copies if you have other options. Then again, science PhDs always have minor corrections.

The History Enthusiast said...

I like green...its a soothing yet still serious color. Blue is def too boring (and so is black). And green could count as a parrot color, right?

StyleyGeek said...

I wasn't going to point that out, Kelly, since I know it confuses people that I am from NZ but living in Australia :)

We have a choice of soft-bound or hard-bound copies for the examination copies. I was going to get them hard bound (I know it's expensive, but my scholarship reimburses me for binding costs). But then I discovered that nowhere in this city does hard-binding, and they have to be sent to Sydney for it. I no longer have enough time to do that, so I'll get the examination copies soft-bound and then the library copies hard-bound later. Hence the note that I can choose library colours later.

The only consideration for the library copies is that the title has to be in gold, which doesn't look so good on all colours of cover.

Oh, and I don't want to do green since Geekman's diss is green and I think matching dissertations is a bit naff :)

Bardiac said...

Oops! Sorry about not realizing. I guess I thought you were both from NZ and your phud would be, too. Sorry.

I was thinking of the red of some of your parrot pictures, more than yellow. How about purple?

grace said...

Australian gold? Still that might not be great with gold lettering. Purple's good with shiny gold. Purple's good with most things, IMHO. ;-)

StyleyGeek said...

Yes, I'm tending towards purple. The only disadvantage is that the last person in my dept to submit also chose purple. But maybe I can get a different shade from her.

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

I wish we had gotten to choose. At my school, each department had its own PhD cover color. Mine was a rather unattractive light green.

Purple would be good, but I think red would look great.

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

Polka dots!

Anonymous said...

I think Weekend_viking and both (separately) ended up with black with gold lettering. I think I was tempted by the blue and the purple which were also some of the available options.

Stellar_muddle

Mikael said...

I'm used to (i.e. in Stockholm we did it like that) dissertations being part of a University publication series, and thus had the design of that particular series.

Personally, I'd root for a nice blue, but on the other hand, I always, always, ALWAYS root for blue.

Carine said...

I had hot pink, but that was only because I thought it would be nice to see all those black-gowned professors carrying a small very pink book around at my public defence. It worked.

Geeka said...

we have to submit ours in .pdf format now, so you only have a printed version for our departmental library and ourselves.

But the cool thing is that with the .pdf's you can have movies in your dissertation. I am trying to find/make a movie that doesn't look like I put one in for the sake of submitting a movie.

VWXYNot? said...

Mine was black, at my adviser's suggestion, to match ALL the other theses in our department's library. I got a matching black copy for myself and said adviser; I was running out of time before emigrating and it was just easier that way. However the main Glasgow University library did have a couple of tartan covers, which I always thought was cool.

(hello from a delurker by the way)

EA said...

White, with YELLOW trim on top... :o)