Saturday, August 13, 2011


Lovely letters! Whether we are writers or illustrators of picture books, we should be thinking about picture books as a designer does. We should try to have a feeling for the entire book as a multi-paged object so we can understand and visualize how our part fits in with the whole. Writers, especially, should imagine the pages and how the text would flow. It's amazing how laying out a manuscript into a simple dummy can prompt greater insight and editing. Try it!

One important design aspect of picture books is the typography.

The picture book cover is Paul Thurlby's Alphabet by Paul Thurlby from Candlewick.

"Words have meaning and type has spirit." So says the following video.

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