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Friday, 9 March 2012
Making a book
I've been a rather poor blogger for a while now - so many things to do. Normal service should be resumed shortly. I'm having a break from course work at this time to complete a book for the project I am working on with my artist friend Antonia Rolls. The book is part of the Graceful Death project. It will contain Toni's paintings exploring the end of life and serious illness, with some additional material about the exhibitions. I will share some of my learning points and struggles as I work through this project.
I want the book to showcase the pictures, so that it can be used as a meditative resource for readers. The plan is for there to be very little text around the pictures (maybe none - still swithering about whether to show titles opposite pictures or at the end) so the pictures will speak for themselves. There will be some additional material at the start and end of the book giving a little background information.
The book will be square in format as that ratio is closest to most of the pictures, and my plan is to have most pictures on their own on a spread - the only exception will be for images that are part of a set - e.g. diptychs - which will face each other.
The picture at the top of the page shows my working design for the cover, and the one immediately below shows a rejected alternative.
I had initially intended a full bleed cover but couldn't make it work somehow. I tried a huge range of text options and placings but nothing looked right. My alternative plan was to have this image as an inset and that is what I settled for in the end. The inset option somehow gives the picture more space and changes the feeling of the cover quite significantly. It seems to me to better capture the quality of reflection that I want the book to have.
A quick word about text
Before starting I looked again at Blurb's excellent webinars, which give great advice on colour management, layout and design. http://www.blurb.com/webinars
More to come...
I will write future posts about:
what went into the book and what didn't, and why;
output options (sizes, prices, and related considerations; and
some technical considerations such as proofing.