Project II - Text-Only Booklet

Project II – Research

Title: The Struggle for European Dominance in the 20th Century

Text-Only Speeches

1) On the Nazi Invasion of Poland by Neville Chamberlin

2) “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat” by Winston Churchill

3) Their Finest Hour by Winston Churchill

4) The Nazi Invasion of Russia by Vyacheslav Molotov

5) For a Declaration of War by Franklin D. Roosevelt

6) The Marshall Plan by George C. Marshall

 

Common Theme: These speeches track the critical moves made during the 1930’s and 1940’s that contributed to the outcome of WWII.

 

Direct Research

1) https://bookinabox.com/blog/interior-book-design/

This article discusses many factors when it comes to interior book design. It begins with what book size you want your book to be. It gives the standard book size is 6” X 9”. A book can be smaller, but you don’t want it to be considered “awkwardly small”. This article also tells the reader why it is not as easy as it seems to design a book. It names some of the characteristics need for an author to consider. For example, this article mentions color vs. black and white, paperback vs. hardcover, font selection, spacing decision, header design, and incorporating images/illustrations. The article also discusses why you should produce a printed version of your book. It may seem tedious, but you will see any sort of mistakes or adjustments that can be made to the book. It also includes an image of what good text looks like compared to bad text.

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2) https://www.canva.com/learn/table-of-contents-design/

This website gives ideas on how to design a table of contents. Some of these are very beautiful, however some are not very practical. For example, I feel that a tabbed system is not practical because with this you will not be able to quickly flip through the book. I felt that some of the stronger approaches for a table of contents were to create an icon for each chapter, trying black and a color, using a clean grid, and creating a timeless table of contents. I did find on this website that the layouts that were suggested mostly included images, which I can use for project III.

3) http://artbookbindery.com/layout.php

This website talks more about printing a full sized book. However, there are some topics that I can learn from this website. This website recommends a variety of options like bottom center page numbering system, chapter titles in the header, and between 10 – 12pts for the font.

4) http://selfpublishingteam.com/7-tips-for-great-layout-design-repost/

https://99designs.com/blog/tips/book-layout-design-typesetting-tips/

These websites include seven helpful tips when designing a book.

  • Have the right tools – InDesign or other publishing software
  • Know your font types – know if you want a serif or sans-serif
  • Choose your font wisely – if you need to buy the licensing rights to a font, make sure you check out all of your options
  • Watch your leading – make sure this is 2-4 pts larger than font
  • Not too big, not too small – Consider how long your book will be. In my case, I have to make sure that the book page count is divisible by four.
  • Where Am I? – Don’t forget chapter titles – use headers to remind reader where they are
  • Don’t forget details – Such as use page breaks wisely, use paragraph rules rather than tab, watch for orphans and widows, and don’t put a blank line in between paragraphs.
  • Common margin size
  • Signature details – for example a decorative detail on every chapter page
  • The second website also explains the difference between a widow and an orphan

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5) https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/06/top-5-errors/

This website tells the reader the five most common mistakes when laying out type in a book. Some of these design error include:

  • No hyphenation
  • Rampant running heads – some authors can’t figure out how to have headers on only one page and not on the other page
  • Unblank blank pages – When you have a blank page, everything must be off of it, including headers and page numbers
  • Mangled Margins – Margins are too small so the reader cannot place their thumb on the page
  • Rag right composition – This says that all books should be set rag right or with justified margins. I don’t agree with this point. I feel that justified adds more to the space in between words.

6) http://theworldsgreatestbook.com/book-design-part-1/

This website specifically talks about leading, margins and how to achieve the “golden ratio” for page layout design. The “golden ratio” is 1:1.618 for layout design. The ratio is shown below. Also shown is how character size and leading can affect readability.

Related Research

Readings

Swiss Graphic Design by Richard Hollis

  • This book talked about what is considered to be good design in the layout industry.
  • Even though this book is mostly text and image based, I learned what a conservative layout can look like in comparison to an outlandish layout design.

Explorations in Typography by Carolina de Bartolo

  • These were the more conservative designs that I found useful in the book

Additional Elements

Title Page – introduces the reader to the book; usually lists the title, author, publisher and date of publication.

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents – lists the content of each section and the page that it is located.

Colophon – this is an author statement usually at the end of a book that gives information about the creation of the book and the printing.

Inspirational

  • The first image is a quote that I found at the end of Explorations in Typography by Carolina de Bartolo. This quote gave me the strength to keep reviewing my booklet over and over again.

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  • Catholic Schools – the reason why Catholic schools provide inspiration to me is because I’ve attended Catholic school for the past 13 years. The schools were always so orderly and neat. This inspired me to follow an orderly and scholarly layout for my book.
  • Open Concept Interior Design – I chose this because I wanted the title page and introduction to be on a separate page from the rest of the speech. On this page, I wanted the chapter number, speech title, author, and the date to float on the page with enough of space between each of them like an open concept floor plan.
  • Meadows – The reason why I chose meadows is because they are open and have nothing occupying their open space. I want my book to be open in design and easily flow from one speech to another.

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