Using type ornaments in your book design can add a pleasing pictorial element to your typographic pages. Depending on the tone you’re trying to establish with your design, there’s likely to be a choice of ornaments that will complement the other choices you’ve made when selecting fonts and the overall design direction for the book. […]
Two recent projects have reminded me of just how much attention book designers have to pay to details. With a complex book, every detail counts. What makes a book “complex”? It could be very long manuscripts, books with footnotes, endnotes, annotations, massive amounts of front matter and back matter, separate text streams, lots of tabular […]
This is a story about bad book design decisions, and how to avoid them. Jill and I visited Copperfield’s Books in Sebastapol this afternoon. Copperfield’s is a small chain of independent bookstores here in California, and a favorite place to browse their curated selection. As an aside, when you consider all the books that are […]
Announcing the publication of The Book Blueprint, Expert Advice for Creating Industry-Standard Print Books
Examples of book pages typeset in various fonts to demonstrate the variations in the overall color of your book page.
Although there are fewer bookstores every year, and a smaller percentage of books being bought in those bookstores, physical retailers still accounted for huge book sales every year. And even though more people search online for books, the actual number of people who look for books in bookstores has continued to increase every year. For […]
The last time I visited what seems like a somewhat quixotic journey to try to create the ultimate writer’s journal, I was still waiting to see if my dream would become a reality. Here’s what I wrote a few months ago: In fact, today I’m waiting to get yet more samples, and this time, I […]
Are you including print books in your publishing strategy, or do you think you might want to do that someday? Good news. I’ve partnered with BookBaby, the ebook distributor and publishing services vendor, to make my new book available to anyone who wants it for free. That’s pretty generous, don’t you think? There’s a link […]
Continuation of the story of how WriteWell Writers’ Journals have been designed and manufactured.
The first part of the story of the creation of WriteWell Writers’ Journals.