So we’re about to start a new book project focusing more on the setting of type and layout of a grid based on assigned content. Here are some inspiration that I’ve found for getting a feel of how I want to design this book. I’m not sure how everyone else feels about this project, but as I’ve mentioned before… I have a huge love for typography and find typesetting and working with layouts very fun while calming in a meditative sense. Needless to say, I’m pretty stoked to work on this. TYPOGRAPHY FOREVER! haha
I really liked the design of this book that’s actually a type specimen showing the Frank font that was developed. They designed the book with colors that really match the appearance and characteristics of the typeface with its rounded forms and lathe-milling tradition. They balanced the imagery with the content in this interesting centered title grid with supporting body copy justified spanning the width of the page either at the bottom or top, while the caption/secondary text is smaller and placed on the opposite end of the length of the page.
This is a great book design about the gastroculture of Budapest. The visual exterior of the book definitely gives off the eclectic rustic feel of the Hungarian culture. I work at a place called Ruins Pub and it’s based off of Budapest bars so I’ve been exposed to the culture recently and this definitely emanates a feeling similar to the bar that I work at. I’m a huge fan of successful minimalist designs that allow the content to be curated in a way that is visually appealing while also legible. I think this is a great example of that especially because they are handling three different grids based on the different type of content that is in the book. The book consists of different recipes and stories with beautiful clean illustrated icons that accompany the sections and how provides visuals on the process of cooking.
Typeface-wise. I’m definitely thinking of my typical minimal approach, letting the content take precedence over the everything. I don’t want the text to be too distracting, and with it being in print… I’m thinking a serif for the body copy. I need a serif that has a decent amount of varying weights to help with distinguishing hierarchy and emphasis of certain elements within the text. I’m currently on the search for some serifs, I’ll update the status of that on my blog when I find it. Usually the font will just call out to me when I see it. That’s how it usually goes at least. haha
That’s it for now. Time to finish watching the Royals vs. Mets game. WHOOOOOO!