DESIGN

When I tell people that Iím a book designer, most assume that means I do cover illustrations. Actually, I very rarely do any illustration myself. My work is figuring out ways to make the cover image(s) and text work together to deliver a feeling for the subject and approach of the book. Oh, yeah, and to help the book sell.

Most people also assume that the insides of books spring up out of nowhere. But book interiors, too, need designing. Among the decisions that need to be made are: choosing a text typeface; deciding on its size and leading; deciding on the line lengths and the width of page margins; choosing a typeface for heads; deciding on its size, prominence and placement relative to the running text; deciding on where and how to place page headers and footers; if there are illustrations or photographs, how they are going to be integrated with the text.

Interior text design is generally a more subtle, restrictive craft than designing covers and the web is not a great medium for viewing most samples. However, I have included some sample inside layouts from a few of my book projects.

 

THE BAMBOO COOKS!

Book cover and interior

BETTER HAPPY THAN RICH?

Book cover

CANADA AT WAR

Book cover

DYING FOR A HOME

Book cover

EAST TIMOR: TESTIMONY

Book cover and interior

THE NEW WEALTH OF NATIONS

Book cover

NOT PAVED WITH GOLD

Book cover and interior

THE POSITIVE SIDE

Magazine

THE RELUCTANT PILGRIM

Book cover and interior

SASKATOON’S STONE

Booklet