These are my current book production and font design books
The newest releases are: Book Publishing With InDesign CC. It covers through CC [2015.3], though there have been few changes which affect us much since CC . Many of the changes I’ve been waiting for with ePUB production have been implemented.
InDesign now stands at the top of the heap for book production in general and ePUB production in particular. You do not need to know code, though understanding how HTML and CSS works will aid your conceptual understanding.
It shares and demonstrates the latest, most efficient, basic font production workflow for single fonts and font families. David has spent over twenty years refining his font design techiques. This book does not offer a lot of intellectual design help. This is focused on
- “How the heck do I do this?” and
- “How can I quit spinning my wheels?” and
- “Why is this taking me so much time?”
These techniques will enable you to enjoy font design by letting you focus on the actual drawing of characters with a clear plan and a workflow which does not get in your way.
In the process of producing my popular video course on Practical Font Design, I radically streamlined my workflow for FontLab Studio 5. I have shared that with you in this book released earlier this year, 2016.
Here’re some book design posts
Creative Pro has a good article today about titling fonts. Book design needs titling fonts to make your chapter heads, section titles, and such much better looking, easier to read, and provide a more comfortable reading experience. In general, titling fonts … Continue reading →
I read an excellent article this morning on the importance of designed books. Actually, the article does not mention books, but the concepts apply. Here’s a quote from the interviewee, Dave Snyder Design in the most classic sense is a potent … Continue reading →
Self-publishers trade publishing dreams need excellence to provide better hopes. There are realistic, if remote, possibilities of being picked up by a “real” publisher. But only if you can demonstrate excellent sales, a sizable following, or ongoing usage (like coursework, … Continue reading →
Yes, I said that InDesign CC 2017 whimpers in under the radar. Version 12.0 has very little for me. Your usage may vary. But, this is all a normal part of the process as software matures. And, have no doubt, InDesign is … Continue reading →
Book designers often dread converting books to ebooks — the process of changing a greyscale printed book to various full-color ebooks: downloadable PDFs, ePUB FXL and Reflow, & Kindle books of various flavors from e-ink to large Fire tablet. It … Continue reading →
I just posted a link to this article from The Bookseller: stating the digital revolution is definitely not over. Of course, that is one of those DUH! facts. The future of books is even more complex than you may think, … Continue reading →
One of the main troubles we have in setting books for readability is the set of largely subconscious rules we’ve learned over the years. In an entertaining and useful article today by Jonathan Hoefler named: How to Use Clashing Fonts He … Continue reading →
The basic parts of type Again, we need some more basic language definitions. You can see above how the point size of the type relates to the ascender, cap height, x-height, baseline, and descender. More importantly, you get a glimpse … Continue reading →
I’ve always disliked QuarkXPress. Even when it was king of the hill, I was using PageMaker and InDesign 1.0. But there’s no denying that it was King—until it shot itself in the foot. It treated it’s customers very poorly, and … Continue reading →
An article on color management. Apple blows away the competition. Not surprising… http://www.imore.com/apples-deep-color-management-advantage … Continue reading →