The cover and interior design of a self-help book by a life coach is shown in sample cover and interior design to follow the design process. Mark Susnow worked for almost a year to bring Dancing on the River into production, and the result shows the work that went into it.
Digital books, new ways of looking at text, and the toppling of old structures in the book business are pushing us toward the future. A look back at the past can remind us of what our ancestors thought important about the design of books.
The easiest and most reliable way to communicate about specific colors in reproduction is with the Pantone Matching System. Use it with confidence throughout your printed products including book covers and company publications.
Automatic leading is about as satisfying as a robot dog. Increase or decrease leading to make your document look more professional.
A few weeks ago Smashwords made it possible to get self-published books into Apple’s iBookstore for sale on the iPad, and from what I read there are already several thousand Smashwords titles in the iBookstore. Some of Apple’s approved content aggregators have also put out mechanisms for making contact with content creators and rights holders. […]
Travel writing, never out of fashion, seems to be pretty popular at the moment. And when you get great travel writing imbued with personality, you’ve got something special. That’s why I was really pleased to be called on by Lisa Alpine to design the interior of her new book, Exotic Life: Laughing Rivers, Dancing Drums […]
Years ago I set up my first company in a double-wide trailer beside some oaks and manzanita in an out-of-the-way spot on the far side of the Central Valley. With the help of my talented friend Michael, I started doing graphic design jobs for people in the Sacramento area, the closest city. I called it […]
When you’re working with type every day, you become sensitive to type design, an area of subtle refinement and architecture on a very small scale. Book designers, of course, are particularly interested in text typefaces for setting long documents, but typefaces in general are objects of unique attraction, interest, even mystery. Most of the notable […]
One of the projects I’m working on is a memoir of growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s a very personal but fascinating look at childhood in another time and place, and I’ll talk more about this book when it’s published, but it’s a great example of setting up a straight narrative book page layout. […]
If you have the time, watch this short video: You may not have noticed it, but on Tuesday in London the CEO of Penguin Books, John Makinson, gave a presentation to the Financial Time’s Digital Media & Broadcasting Conference. As reported by paidContent:UK, he wanted to show the progress Penguin has made in developing products […]