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.
Automatic leading is about as satisfying as a robot dog. Increase or decrease leading to make your document look more professional.
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 […]
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. […]
We haven’t seen much of the Apple iPad yet, and the screen shots we have seen show that the fonts for the Apple iPad are perhaps not all they might be. What do we know? Apple, as far as I know, has issued only the one press release on the day of the product’s announcement, […]
There’s been an ongoing discussion in the comments to the post on Fair Use and Copyright, and it seemed like a good time to explore some of the resources readily available that can supply images for use in blog posts or books without fear of infringing someone else’s copyright. The most common explanation I hear […]
One of the great pleasures of being a book designer is getting to work on books by my friends. There’s a unique form of collaboration that happens when I work with someone I know well, and the book usually shows the result of this process. In 1999 I had the pleasure of helping my friend […]
The typefaces we use for books are a real contradiction. They can be so quiet you just don’t notice them. But if you enlarge the letters, you can see right away that they are full of idiosyncrasies and flourishes. Display typefaces, on the other hand, announce themselves to the reader in no uncertain terms. In […]
I have to say that watching today’s launch by Apple of the new iPad was quite entertaining. I picked Gizmodo which had a team of four or five people live blogging from the hall and taking photos of the visuals Steve Jobs was using in his presentation. You really have to admire not only the […]
Despite the explosive growth of audio and video on the internet, content on the web is still largely text. And reading online can be a difficult experience. I don’t know about you, but some of the sites I read online—blogs, content sites, news sites, article sites—are really difficult. Small san serif type in grey on […]