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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

New Classic Book Designs

Hamlet Pride&PredjudiceI’m enjoying my summer so far, and have been indulging my addiction to book design. Here are cover images for my latest projects. The first I did a few weeks ago while I was teaching my students book design. Hamlet is the first play I’ve designed, and the page layout was a challenge with hanging indents, tabs, and poetry line breaks throughout. My approach was very cool and calculated, a clean sans serif design with a little ornamented script as icing on the cake.

The second image is my cover for Jane Austin’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. This one is a more traditional design set in Adobe Jenson Pro. I managed to get all 254 pages to bottom out correctly with run-in chapter heads since there are 61 of the things. Karen and I watched the latest film version last night, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. I worked on the design on my Mac laptop while we watched it, and it still made an impression. It is a costume drama that surpasses the genre, and is full of great acting.

Click on the book covers to download the PDF, or click on my photo to go to my profile and send me an email. They can be read onscreen or printed to an office printer. I’m using for free file hosting.


Blogger Lydia said...

I really like the Hamlet piece - very strong. Pride and Prejudice piece is nice too... I like the image you used. It's very appropriate.

4:26 PM

Blogger Todd Duren said...

Thanks, Lydia. Both images come from the Library of Congress, and have been converted to grayscale then to duotones. The skull was tricky because the still life had flowers and other things I wanted to crop out.

10:06 PM


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