Cover designs for M. R. James’ ghost stories

For our Digital Publishing module, we’re creating an ebook for M. R. James’ ghost stories, which are out of copyright. I designed two covers, playing around with the Blending Options, colors and textures in Photoshop to make them look different. I went with 2400 x 1600 px for the cover size, which Melody Simmons recommends as the…

Think GRIDS and SPACE

River = space between words – you don’t want big gaps, want enough space to read nicely GRIDS ARE building blocks  Hyphenation: FEWER IS BETTER Grids are the hidden architecture of page layouts GOOD TEXT DESIGN l e t   y o u r  t e x t   b  r  e  a   t  …

Designing with Becky Chilcott

Every week, we learn so much with Becky Chilcott, a freelance graphic designer who’s had over twelve years of experience in publishing. This Monday was a challenge as our MA class had to design a cover to a brief. The above covers are my attempts at creating an alternate cover for Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson, published by…

Design task: cover design

This week we matched fonts to 7 different images and then choose one to make a cover out of, without editing the image and just focusing on the typeface. We had to be careful to add all the correct elements, barcode, logo, retail price, etc. This is the one I chose and the cover I…

Designer guest speaker: Ness Wood

Ness Wood, award-winning book designer, came to speak to our class today.  I wish I could have turned into a sponge to absorb everything she had to say. Ness Wood works with editors and illustrators, matching them up and making sure everything is working – it’s a collaborative process.  She works with both artwork (getting…

Designing a cover – part one

This week in class was all about getting the basics right: setting up a cover grid in InDesign. We had to consider bleeds, turnarounds, adding a slug for the fold marks. Before starting on a cover, you need to know the number of pages to determine the spine width.  And it’s good to keep in…