Project Focus: Interior Design for The Age of Participation

by Joel Friedlander on September 16, 2009 · 2 comments

One of the first books I produced for Berrett-Koehler Publishers in San Francisco was The Age of Participation by Patricia McLagan and Christo Nel.

The overarching framework of the story of the movement of politics toward participative governance required a theme to hold the parts together yet show their relationship to the whole. These part-opening pages went a long way toward establishing the progression through the book.

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The maps used for these pages progressed through the history of Western Europe as the book went along.

One of the other notable features of the book was its extensive use of charts, graphs and diagrams in making the author’s survey more understandable to their readers. This required the creation of all these graphics to keep them uniform in design and execution. Here’s a sample.

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Because we had complete control over the elements that would make up the interior of the book, we were able to assure that the reading experience from first page to last would colorfully communicate the authors’ ideas, without intruding in the reading experience.

If this is the kind of elegant design and typography you would like for your book, perhaps we should talk today.

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