Genre of the Week- Graphic Novel

graphic novelThis is my favourite design so far. I also presented it to the class to show what book I had analysed this week. Persepolis is a memoir and graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, about growing up during the Islamic revolution

The typography on the wrap around is worn away but also capitalised which highlights the past but also the importance of this novel. It is a hardback book and the sleeve has a matte finish with spot uv cover on the design of the book, the title and the picture. Normally, this would be fairly inexpensive for the publisher but as the title is printed on the hardback and spine itself in foil, this would have inured further production costs.

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All of the images inside are black and white and they help to explain the plot, and emotions of the characters. The space is also divided up differently, this usually depends on what is trying to be portrayed in that section. For example, the elongated image in the bottom right-hand corner has the caption ‘I wanted to be justice, love and the wrath of God all in one.’ and this is a very good way of showing that.

The book is a standard a-format size and the author and illustrator of this book is Marjane Satrapi. The jacket designer is Jean- Christopher Menu andd the book was published by Penguin Random House (formally Random House).


Designing Interior Layouts

Martin Brown
Today, Becky begun by showing us some page layouts. Lesser Spotted Animals, illustrated by Martin Brown really stood out to me as the text and images worked really well together and they were positioned incredibly. I  then went on to watch a funny video of him when I got home of when he performed at Bath Festival of Children’s literature in 2011.

In class, we learnt more useful information about how to use InDesign such as the links pallatte and how to check the the actual and effective PPI/ DPI as we need it to be 300+ dpi so that is good enough quality to print. sh

Also learned more of the principles of typesetting such as turning off hyphen
ation and aligning the text to left justify, and setting up a fiction template in InDesign.  We also did a proofreading exercise without looking the symbols- surprisingly not as encrypted as I first thought, in Lianne’s class.


Genre of the Week- Travel Guide

This is a travel guide I picked up from my local library. There were tonnes of this type of book for many different countries. It’s height is as tall as a-format but it is considerably shorter in width and the has been gloss laminated. The size of the book is ideal for travelling as it is small and compact and it also has a fold out map in the opening cover. The colours are vibrant and it has glossy photos on the page spreads with lots of text.

This was published by DK books in 2003 is is probably not something I would use, considering how advanced the internet is, but I can see how it could be useful for other people and it’s a cute little book with everything all in one place! All the research has been done for you… the only problem is it might be a bit out of date.

Designing Interior Layouts

Today, we went though how to create interior layouts on InDesign. This included setting up a print document, typesetting the text, eliminating errors, snapping the text to the baseline and creating new paragraph styles. There were more steps to follow in the guide we were provided, but I didn’t get that far in this session so I will have to go back and practice this in my own time so that I can improve before my typesetting assignment. I was familiar with some of the steps such as creating new paragraph styles as I have done this in my Digital module, however I wasn’t confident when going through some of the other steps as I had not done them before.row your boat

Genre of the Week- Romance/Chick-Lit

For this week’s book cover analysis I chose Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy, by Helen Fielding.

This is a simple cover, which only uses white, red and black and the image of Bridget is in the last third of the front design. The name of the author is embossed while ‘Mad about The Boy’ has been printed with spot uv.

I like the extra detail of the giraffe, dinosaur and teddy on the back and the double page spreads inside are made up of different typography as it is a diary entry. This is a B-format book, published by the Vintage books imprint, in 2014.


Today Becky talked to us about the importance of composition, rule of thirds, and fibonacci spiral when considering images.Fibonacci_spiralWe we also given a task to assign text the a selection of images we were provided. This is what I came up with. I used fontsquirrel to find the fonts I needed.

The View of the CascadeCascade I chose this font because it was simple and clear so it would contrast well against a busy background. I would probably put the text in while and put a darker glow behind it so that the text is not hidden in the picture. An Illustrated HistoryDanceI chose classic, hand-written font for this image as the movement and the poka-dot dress looks vintage, especially as it is in black and white. Demons Flight 2DemonFor this, I chose text that went well with the image. The distressed look of the text and the extra lines and splodges of in is similar to the embers flying of this image of a burning man.
The Greatest FeelingGreatFeelingThis old-fashioned illustration of a woman has some darker outlines in some places, which is why this text would go well with it. They both also look light-hearted together.
POPPopThis image required bubble writing that looks like it is also ready to pop!
Morning DawnMorningFor this image, I chose the same font as ‘The Greatest Feeling’ to show how the same font can work for different images. This is also a light image and the text would compliment it well. I would probably place it in the top section of the image and colour it in dark blue to match the bottom of the image. Space Cats


This design looks as though it would feature on the front of a children’s book because of the scribbly design and the happy cat-like character at the bottom. This is why I chose a fun text to go with it.

In the class, I went on to design a full cover, using some of the images from the front design on the spine and back cover (below). I looked at other book covers online to see where the text, price and icons are placed. I also decided to put the strapline on the front, so it could be seen against the dark background. The only problem with this cover is that the writing on the spine is the wrong way round, so this would need to be changed if it was going into print.PAPERBACK indes.jpg

Genre of the Week- Science-Fiction

This cover of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro has a cover which is instantly reminiciant of the past with the deep yellow colour used for the matte laminated background and the girl in movement who looks like she is fading and blurred. This cover does not seem to give much away about the book.

The title is embossed and the words have been printed with spot uv, so that they stand out slightly.

This is published in a-format, by Faber and Faber, 2005.

Genre of the Week- Crime/Thriller/Mystery

Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress fits into the crime, thriller and mystery genres.

The title and the author’s name is embossed, and foil has been added to the underneath to create a metallic finish. The text at the top has spot uv on the top to make it look shiny. The rest of the book is matte laminated.

The capitalised text dominates two thirds of the cover, while the remaining third has the main part of the picture showing, which creates a good spacial awareness. The subtle codes behind the text also hint at what the book is likely to be about.

The book is smaller than a-format and is printed by the Corgi books imprint.

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In this week’s session we had a guest speaker, Ness Wood. She is a book designer with over 20 years experience and is currently working on her PhD. She has designed many popular books such as A Boy and a Bear and a Boat and Dog Loves Books.

She talked us through the process of how she collaborates with other people to design books. Later she showed us the slight differences that are made to a cover from a hardback to a paperback. As paperbook’s are made for the mass market they usually have to appeal to a wider audience so the covers are usually changed.Lionheart

Our task was to design our own hardback version of Lionheart by Richard Collingridge, already out in paperback (left). I chose an image of the boy and the lion as the story begun. I decided to add a colour at the top which then faded out, this was so that the title could stand out more. I decided to use a serif font to give it a more classic look and only used colours for the text that were already on the image, as below.


Genre of the Week- Academic Textbook/Reference Book

The French Textbook is guide for beginning. It has a glossy front and the pictures on the cover relate things in France, providing the prospective buyer with a small insight of what they might learn from the book. The inside spread differs from that of a maths textbook for example, as it has coloured pictures inside, relating to the culture and words. The chapters are clearly set out and the columns separate the information well. The colour scheme of the different shades of blue are also carried though on the back cover as well as the inside pages.