This is my first post, so I apologize if I miss some typophile-related etiquette. :)
Anyways, I need to design a book of eight theater plays. They are adaptations of kids' classics like Mary Poppins, Robin Hood, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the like by a croatian author. However, the book is not targeted (only) towards kids, but to anyone interested in making these plays come to life---actors, directors, etc---and friends of a local town theater these plays originate from. The editor would like for the book to be as inviting as possible to read.
Plays are cheerful in tone and have a bit of a rural and/or 'retro' feeling to them. There is a subtle environmentalistic message which expands through all of the plays in the book.
I chose somewhat traditional, or classic, layout for the book, because of the classic character of the plays. One font for the whole book---Adobe Caslon Pro---for its cheerful (and retro) character. It will be 13,5cm x 21,5 cm, so it should be easily handholdable and it'll be printed on recycled cream toned paper. I chose this type of paper because of the environmental overtones and also cream-toned paper should be more pleasant to read.
Since plays have very few paragraphs in a traditional sense, there were many cases of single lines (how do you call them -- orphans, widows?) going to the next page. This called for a flexible lower margins -- every now and then, I had to expand the text box a leading. This is the prime reason I put page numbering on the outside margins. If they were in the lower marging, that 'breathing' text box would be much more perceivable. Also, when working on a play, people often have to search for their line in the script and I think that page numbering right above the thumb of the reader is easier to track when in hurry.
Character names are in red because actors from this local theater often underline their character names. This makes for a nice contrast between blue or black pen strokes if they want to do that. It also gives a bit more depth and a sense of uniqueness to the text.
So, what do you think? Do you have some suggestions? Do you think that two ink colours are a bit too chaotic? Are inner margins a too large? Maybe something else doesn't seem right? I'd very much like to hear your critique since this is my first try at book designing in a more traditional sense.
Also, you'll have to excuse my English, I'm not a native speaker and the book itself is in Croatian so chances are you won't understand a word. O:)
P.S. Gray rectangles are places for the illustrations -- this book is stil a work in progress.