I designed Softcover for Natural History Press (a press I run with Super Friend, Natalie Lyalin) and Monica Fambrough. While I am very happy with the cover—especially how it looks on the cover stock—it hardly holds a torch to the awesomeness inside.
When designing the cover, Monica pointed towards vintage Cuban book cover art. I borrowed a lot from the color palettes I enjoyed in those covers and slowly narrowed it down to what you see here. The end design that Monica chose was one of the simplest, but I think it was also one of the most striking.
Huge thanks to Monica for allowing me to take part in sharing her stellar work with the world.
My work at Natural History Press has allowed me to create a cover for Andrew Morgan’s fantastic book, Month of Big Hands. I also did the interior layout and design work. I’m very pleased with how it came out. I’m even more pleased with the writing. It’s easily one of the best books of poetry I’ve read this year.
The design I chose for the inside was very simple. The poem and page number are the only things on the page. For poetry the best thing is to let the text inhabit the page with all possible distractions removed because it is as much a visual document as it is a literary one. The pages in this book with built first by looking at the ideal of the golden ratio, and then adjusting for the reality of the poem on the page and the financial constraints of printing a book. That was followed by an embarrassing number of hours looking at fonts to find the perfect one.
Here’s a resume design I made in InDesign. I’ve gotten some good feedback from it, so I thought I’d share it so that others may benefit from it. It is a fairly simple, but it looks nice and gets the job done.