I've been out of the loop for a while! Not what I intended when I changed this site up a bit, but my absence has been for a good reason. I LOVE my work and I've been busy at it!
Much of my book design work in the past year or so has been done on a part-time basis. Back in May, I made the decision to take a more full-time approach to my work though. And it's going really well!! I've gotten to work on so many cool book projects and with so many cool people.
I'm also now using Adobe Creative Suite 6 and it's taken my work to a whole new level. Learning something new should be frustrating, but I've really taken to it and - like I said - I LOVE MY WORK! It's opened up whole new avenues for the kinds of projects I can take on too.
So I can't guarantee that I'll have a regular delivery of new blog posts yet, but I'll try to do better than what you've seen (or not!) over the past couple of months. And if you have questions or topics that you'd like me to cover on the blog - please let me know!
In the meantime, I'll also be setting up a new page on my site real soon. One of my favorite things to do is design book covers - especially when there's no pressure and I just get to be creative. So that's what I've done. I've created some template cover designs that I'll be unveiling soon and putting up for sale.
Covers will be available for you to customize yourself or - for an additional fee - to have me customize for you. When covers are first released, and until the first purchase, they'll be available on an exclusive basis - meaning your purchase of the cover will take it off the market. So you'll never see anyone else with one just like it.
And please send me your ideas! Whether you'd like a custom cover for yourself or you're willing to contribute ideas just for fun, I'm always looking for new inspiration.
I really hope that these will be a hit! Either way - I LOVE creating them. So whether you decide to purchase one or just enjoy looking, I'm excited about sharing them with you SOON.
Great thoughts on book design (covers specifically) - makes me love what I do!
I really like the picture I found for this post. I know it's cheesy, but it sort of conveys my feelings about books. There is something magical inside each one of them.
At least all of the ones I've read and worked on. I know there's some downright smutty stuff out there, but I guess that stuff's magic to somebody too. YIKES!
What's most amazing to me is how I feel about the books that I have had the privilege of working on. It doesn't matter how much I relate to the content within any given book, I still find it a magical thing to have a part in drawing out the words and magic within by the skills I lend to it.
Fonts and graphics, headers and footers, covers and illustrations - they all contribute to what's inside in a unique and special way. If they look bad, it doesn't matter what the words say - they could be the most brilliant statements in the world - but they'd be tarnished for me if they weren't framed right by all the rest.
Appearances matter and I love that I get to participate in the process of making a book beautiful - whether it's online or in print, whether it's my words or someone else's - I just love being a part of it.
I recently read an article about book design and it correctly mentioned how many designers (myself included) have a set of "favorite" fonts. I definitely do have my favorites, but again, the best part of working on a book is finding its true character. To me that means looking for the RIGHT font. It can be a tedious process at times. Sometimes my favorites work, but many times they don't. It really does depend on the book. That's where I found I disagreed with that article, because it went on to recommend "best font combinations". And while it may be practical to have certain combinations that are your "go-to" fonts, that really goes against my whole approach to book design.
Every book needs to be taken as an individual body of work. It needs to be assessed and different styles tried until the best match is found. I love that searching process - even when it surprises me. Quite a few times I've gotten frustrated because I've worked on a design for hours only to, at the last minute, look at it and go - You know what? That's just not it. The best part of that is not that I work on it for many more hours (not usually, anyway!) - but that by that time I've gotten such a feel for the book that I can make a few tweaks to the design and make it look completely different, but completely and totally right. It's so very cool when that happens.
So my point in all this rambling about my love for books and book design is that every book is different. The character of a good book must be found and then used to it's fullest extent. So articles that talk about designers' favorite fonts and recommended fonts for this or that are great - but they don't always take into account the book itself.
My advice then to you in approaching the design of your book is not to find the nearest website with font recommendations but to invest the time and get to know your book (if you don't already!) and the possibilities for every aspect of its design - the fonts, the headers, the footers, the illustrations/images - truly the whole picture.
And why not? Go ahead and make it magical!