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Education
Playful Learning
Mariah Bruehl
Trumpeter
Set in Scala, Scala Sans, and Simpliciter Sans.

This book has just about everything: photographs, several levels of heads, sidebars, exercises, and pages to be reproduced and filled in by the reader. It is bright and playful and meant to elicit joy.

Eastern Art and Philosophy
The Illustrated Book of Five Rings
Miyamoto Musashi
Weatherhill
Set in Centaur.

Have you ever seen more elements on a 21st c. title page? Centaur felt like a good choice for this title in which the art is sophisticated and the pressure was on for the text to rise to the same level.

Memoir
The Lucky Ones
Mae Ngai
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In this case, the jacket, designed by Nate Salciccioli, Faceout Studio, was available to me when I started the interior design. Whenever I can, I integrate cover and interior. The title page, part openers, and chapter openers of The Lucky Ones echo fonts and their styling from the cover.

Art
Angelic Mistakes
Roger Lipsey
New Seeds
Set in Fairfield.

My father started me reading Thomas Merton when I was in high school. What a privilege to design this book featuring the artwork of this rare and wonderful human being.

Fiction
Actor’s Anonymous
James Franco
New Harvest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Set in Minion and Type Embellishments.

What goes into a chapter opener? After all these years, I am sometimes still surprised and challenged to find ways to make the text and hierarchy clear and comfortable for the reader. When I do my job well, nobody thinks about the design.

Poetry
New and Selected Poems by Charles Simic
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Set in Bodoni and Nobel.

In this case, I took my inspiration from the fine cover design by Creative Director Michaela Sullivan.

Museum Exhibition Catalog
Drawn to Excellence
Smith College Museum of Art
Set in Requiem and Gotham.

What can I say? I want more assignments like this!

Memoir
I’ve Known Rivers
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
A Merloyd Lawrence Book, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company

It is a treat when there is budget for creating ornaments. Stephanie Peterson Jones —mistress of patterns and many other types of illustration — did these. See About > Colleagues on this site for a link to Stephanie.

Wellness/Self-help
Creative Recovery
Eric Maisel and Susan Raeburn
Shambhala
Set in Minion, Lapidary, Syntax, and Altemus Borders.

The manuscripts for self-help books often include boxed material. I like to find ways to distinguish featured text without relying heavily on tinted backgrounds or frames around paragraphs of text. I prefer a light touch.

Eastern Art and Philosophy
The Art of War
Sun Tzu, translated by Thomas Cleary
Shambhala
Set in ITC Veljovic and Bickham Script.

One of the deep pleasures of working with Shambhala Publications is the opportunity to handle beautiful images of Asian art. One of the challenges is that this art comes in all shapes and sizes and media.

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