I am designing a book of which I am also the author, to be published by a commercial house. I am pretty happy with the design, but I am worried about whether the red and black type will balance well.
Sayings of the Sages Sample.pdf (86.9 k)
is a PDF of the design, with the title page and two facing pages — they need to be viewed facing to get the idea of how the design works.
I have picked up the dark red of the quote in the side heads. These are a size smaller, bold subhead weight — picking up on an idea of Bringhurst. I think it looks OK on screen; will it balance in print?
Suggestions on layout of the title page are also welcome.
Thanks to you pros for indulging an amateur on this one.