I mentioned in the topic Typographic heresy a few weeks ago that I might try and set Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as an exercise. Well, I did just that, and would very much like to read your comments.
I still have to design the cover and check the whole thing from beginning to end for messed up bits of text etc, but other than that the book is finished -- I think...
I would especially welcome comments on:
- page and text block format, size and proportions (page is A5, a convenient format in Europe and many other parts of the world);
- appropriateness of typefaces (Quadraat for text, Quadraat Sans for chapter titles, Poetica for poem on p. 106);
- size and placement of chapter titles and chapter numbers;
- optical alignment of left margins;
- ragged right margins;
- size and placement of illustrations (I resized most illustrations so they would fit my design);
- kerning problems (I edited the kerning tables of both Quadraat and Quadraat Sans to improve the fit of comma + single-quote, comma + double-quote, single-quote + several letters [indicating elision], and a few more pairs).
- running footers (of which I'm not very fond -- they kind of mess up the text block to page proportions);
Any other comments are also very welcome, of course.
I'm making two press-quality PDFs available: one with single pages, the other with spreads (better to examine design).
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