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Determining page and text block proportions
Commented on Thursday, 11 January 2018 - 10:38pm

Bringhurst and Hochuli/Kinross were my Bibles as I learned the craft of book design. Rich Hendel's book, too. As I got more experienced, I began to see that there was an art to it as well. All of which is to say I came to mix and match things that...

Striking a balance between Adobe Jenson light and Adobe Jenson Regular
Commented on Monday, 11 September 2017 - 10:07pm

I'm a freelance book designer/layout artist of over 26 years' and 100 books' experience. NEVER fuck around with a typeface's weight yourself. It's prob'ly not okay with the EULA. But it's also not the type designer's vision. Design your own face if...

Blogs for best in layout design
Commented on Thursday, 16 February 2012 - 12:49pm

For book design, you might want to take a gander at my blog at http://www.tianobookdesign.com

Trad Book Design Communities?
Commented on Friday, 30 December 2011 - 8:03pm

It's true about the LinkedIn group, not very active at all. But perhaps you can stir something up.

Trad Book Design Communities?
Commented on Saturday, 31 December 2011 - 12:46pm

I hear you about LinkedIn and Facebook, but they serve certain niche areas of my life and I tend to engage in social media just about only when I'm working. I'll keep them handy on the second monitor in case I'm working at an odd hour and need the...

Trad Book Design Communities?
Commented on Sunday, 1 January 2012 - 2:09pm

Well, I'll say this, Dick, a lot of DIY books look it. And that leads to a kind of vicious cycle, as--unless the book is to a sort of "captive audience," like students needing a particular textbook--potential readers become less and less willing to...

Look Fast!
Commented on Sunday, 25 December 2011 - 7:41pm

A reflection of windows in the window.

White space validity in book layout
Commented on Sunday, 25 December 2011 - 4:34pm

I think that, for years now, the trend has been toward more white space--both via generous margins an increased leading--for more comfortable readability. Remember that the printed book is not just a container, but can be an art object independent of...

White space validity in book layout
Commented on Sunday, 25 December 2011 - 7:43pm

It doesn't? I dunno, but 18+ years of book design suggests otherwise to my eye. And more importantly, to my paying clients' eyes. I must admit to not being such a design snob, that my peers' acceptance is so very important. I mean, I guess--for better...

Successful type designers in last 10-20 years?
Commented on Saturday, 20 November 2010 - 12:36pm

I'd say Jos Buivenga belongs on such a list: the Fontins, the Museos, Calluna, and others.

Laying out math.
Commented on Saturday, 6 February 2010 - 11:51am

TeX, in all its varieties and flavors (including LaTeX), seems too much like old-fashion markup. I've typeset science journals and engineering texts with hundreds of equations each and found that MathType (from Design Science) is easy to learn and use...

When Did Macintosh OS Change Early, If Not Original, System Fonts
Commented on Friday, 13 March 2009 - 6:26am

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Quark 8 doesn't suck
Commented on Monday, 28 July 2008 - 8:00pm

Most of my straight book layout work, like 80 or 90%, I'm supplied Quark templates. I'm just not seeing InDesign overtaking Quark yet, tho' I get an InDy job once in a while. InDyCS2 was certainly an improved type engine over InDy2, which I cut my...

Musicophilia - book design
Commented on Sunday, 4 May 2008 - 1:54pm

May be simply a matter of taste, this biz with the fi liature, but—honest to God—I'd vote for not using ligatures to escape the f in the liggie. Which makes me wonder that, since ligatures are kind of expected, how likely are you to avoid them when...

What about Book Designing books
Commented on Wednesday, 2 April 2008 - 7:05pm

The Hochuli (with Robin Kinross) book is still one of the best I've read. But Rich Hendel's is the best, followed closely by Bringhurst. I know that we don't normally think of The Elements of Typographic Design as a book design book, but...

Desktop laser printer for high quality text
Commented on Sunday, 1 January 2012 - 2:55pm

Okay, so almost three years after the start of this thread, what's the answer for a low-end-priced, 1200 dpi, true Postscript, B&W laser printer? I was using a Xerox Phaser 3450B for about 6 years. I loved the quality. But it died suddenly a...

Anyone still using Quark? (Also InDesign CS3)
Commented on Tuesday, 19 February 2008 - 9:26pm

I'm still using Quark for freelance book design and layout projects. Just retired 6.5 and using 7.31 full-time. I also use InDesign CS2. As 95% of the publishers and packagers for whom I work want Quark, I haven't bothered to upgrade to CS3 yet....

Anyone still using Quark? (Also InDesign CS3)
Commented on Wednesday, 20 February 2008 - 3:21pm

I dunno, maybe I'm just more of a production type. Yes, I'm more familiar with Quark. Then again, I came to Quark at version 3. I'd been using an old version of PageMaker that limited me to one-page docs, and I was going to be laying out my very first...

Recommendation for a Type for Training Material?
Commented on Friday, 8 February 2008 - 12:32pm

Everything I find on Sassoon shows it as a sans serif. I was definitely thinking a serif face. The only sans serif I'm inclined to try for a whole book of text would be Optima.

Avenir Next (or other sans) as Body Text? (with examples)
Commented on Monday, 4 February 2008 - 12:45pm

I just can’t get with a sans serif for body text in a whole book. I see it all the time now in design books. So maybe they’re the “California” of books. (It seems that I see thing when visiting in California, and six months later they start to show up...

Why is it that so many books on design are iritating to read?
Commented on Thursday, 31 January 2008 - 7:22pm

As a book designer, I wonder whether it’s only those of us in the know who even notice badly designed books. That said, however, I think it's the trend to sans serif types for body text in design books.

Just pulling a handful of such...

Know any good legibility tests for typefaces?
Commented on Wednesday, 6 February 2008 - 6:40am

What an interesting discussion to have walked into. It seems to me that—as is almost always where matters of aesthetics are involved—is finding some kind of ideal balance between the objective and the subjective. And I just don’t know that...

Seeking Resources for Page-Spread Design
Commented on Saturday, 29 December 2007 - 6:39pm

Joel, I am admittedly a dinosaur and haven’t lived in Brooklyn in more years than I care to admit. But I seem to remember that it was possible to request books be ordered by special request that my two branches way back when, Grand Army Plaza and the...

Seeking Resources for Page-Spread Design
Commented on Tuesday, 1 January 2008 - 7:12pm

The problem comes about when the other spacing — mainly the margins — aren’t considered.

I cannot even conceive of a book designer not considering margins. White space is so important—not only to legibility, but to...

Seeking Resources for Page-Spread Design
Commented on Friday, 4 January 2008 - 6:49pm

Please, not Tschichold. Too pedantic. Too rigid. But Bringhurst is the best, giving a whole slew of page sizes and proportions to plug numbers into. So you can experiment with and look closely at an infinite number of possibilities. If I don’t...