Some detail corrections. This looks prefinal to me (up for facing the client again), unless I'm missing something really big?
I know what I'm going to tell the next graphic designer who asks me why the hell I'd be interested to learn something as strange as type design…
That paid off!
Thanks everyone. I do agree this has grown a lot since I first posted it here.
I almost feel like mentioning Typophile in the colophon. :-)
For the sake of completeness, here's what I just sent out to the client, along with
a lengthy (and quite assertive!) argumentation.
I'll keep you posted.
Just wanted to get back with the news that the client gave his OK, albeit grudgingly (he said his intuition still tells him otherwise). I can't quite shake the suspicion that his reservations might have to do with more than just legibility. Anyway, I'm really glad I can follow this through. (-:
Ah, good news. And you know, clients usually only know what they don't want when they see it. They have no idea what they do want. ;)
I could read the title only after I realized that it (a) was supposed to be title and (b) that it consisted of letters. So I fully understand that your client worries about legibility. However, that the title is not immediately recognizable or legible on the cover page will not prevent people from finding or reading the catalog. After all, the title will be printed inside the catalog as well (I assume this to be the case). After all, it's an art related work, so lack of legibility is maybe something that draws more interest to the work. -- cs
Jelmar makes a very good point. I also find people often react poorly initially and later love an idea after they get a good reaction to it. Navigating the trust, well, I have some serious doubts about my own skill in that regard.
How true, Jelmar.
I've been wondering if I should point the client here so he can see some positive reactions to this. Then again, Mojo asked if he smokes crack so maybe not. :->
(Besides the fact it's now accepted anyway; plus he's *very* happy with the inside layout so that helps too.)
I like your latest revision the message is clear and directed.
Oh, here's the end result:
(Large version on Flickr)
I think she ended up looking a bit annoyed/pouty. But I'm still really happy with this. :-)
Thanks again, everyone!
Only thing I would have changed, maybe, is the space between the title and the spine. But that's hindsight. :)