Case Study: Hardcover Adventure Travel. The Boy Behind the Gate by Larry Jacobson, a complex typographic design with a lot of other decorative elements
Self-Publishing Case Study: Nonfiction Instruction book using a clean and efficient book design to translate workshop contents to the printed page
The Art of Illusion: Creating Book Cover Art for Joanna Penn’s Pentecost. Shows how layers of artwork are combined in Photoshop to create the final art, using gradients and blending methods to achieve atmosphere.
Self-Publishing Case Study: Nonfiction Hybrid combining a narrative with a self-help guidebook. Each part of the book needs its own typographic book design
Self-Publishing Case Study: Personal Memoir The Andrew Street Mob by Brian Marais, a great example of personal self-publishing. Designed for the purposes of the author, it presents a useful model.
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.
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 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 Spirit of the River (affiliate link) is a terrific novel by Diane McCarthy, published by her own Cloudland Press. I met Diane at an all-day publishing workshop run by the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) where we are both members. After I finished the book I decided to redesign the cover. Now this […]
This is the second article about dealing with a cover design project with artwork supplied by the client. In the first, I looked at the book cover design process for Chris Finlan’s Not A Fire Exit. This time I’m going to look at the designs prepared for Bill Goldberg’s The “And” Principle. Here is the […]