Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested.
As you move full swing into your book development and design, your goal should be to control the pacing and exhibit variety within consistency. And of course to have impeccable typography, and leave room for a surprise or two.
Here are some online sources to further inform and inspire.
On book design:
The underlying structure of your page (spread), once designed, is there to make your life easier in the layout phase, and to provide clarity for your reader. But don’t get lazy! Decide when it may be appropriate to break the grid for meaning, for logistics, for spark.
(Follow the links to parts 2 thru 5)
On kerning (since we talked about it in class today and you know this is a subject dear to me):
This is just a small sampling of resources… Also, if you haven’t already, download the article, You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover in the Box, generously permitted by HOW Magazine.
We’ll leave book cover design and the plethora of online galleries and blogs for another post.