Few things please me more than an elegantly-rendered book interior. A feast for the eyes, with fonts that add their own leaning to the mood on the page, the interior of a book (printed or digital) is actually one of things that can sway my final purchase decision.
I’ve been so interested by interiors that I casually started learning how to create them back in college, for creative writing assignments, like the one below. The essay could have been about anything more tangible, but my professor at the time allowed me to be creative, so I wrote a pretend “missing chapter” from The Tale of Genji. I had a lot of fun with the project, even though I’m usually against appropriating another author’s universe for fan-fiction personally (though I did, in my teens, read quite a bit of it for TV shows).
I enjoyed creating that layout so much that I ended up creating another layout for my Japanese notes. Yeah, I am seriously that OCD. This project wasn’t for anyone else… I just wanted to play around in Adobe InDesign.
I also had the opportunity to help N J’s kyudõ club with one of their newsletters. This layout was really different for me, but I enjoyed how it turned out.
Recently, I’ve gotten really interested in book interiors, so I’ve been playing around in InDesign and Word again. There are a couple of projects I volunteer my time for, and I’ve been given the task of formatting the interiors for the print and ebook editions. I’m stoked! Here are some samples of what I came up with for both (coincidentally, I also designed covers for both, but I can’t share them as they aren’t in their final form yet).
If you like my style (I tend to lean more towards classic/elegant styles) and would like to commission me, I have my own design website now, at countrymousedesign.com. There aren’t any samples up on the website yet, because nothing I’ve formatted professionally has been published yet.
What do you like about book layouts? What things don’t you like?