October 23, 2012
Enjoy The Length Of The Process
Thoughts on Books
"Book design is very civilized," says David Albertson. "It's on a much longer timeline, it tends to require fewer variations in your templating, and you tend to be designing more in a linear way than a multidimensional way." All of which can add up to pleasures akin to planting seeds and having to wait until the spring to see exactly how they'll bloom. "Often you design a book and it's at least six months from when you hand over the files to when you have a book in your hand," Jason Godfrey points out. "In the amount of time that it takes to producea book, you could have built a house. It's amazing that that's the case. And with book designs, you don't get to see it working until you see the final piece," he notes. "You're never quite sure how it will work out. It can surprise you at the end of the day, because of that translation from layout to having the pages you're flipping through. I enjoy that part of the process, that lag and the not quite knowing. I think that's quite a unique experience when you finally get the books in your hand. It feels so great."
Source: 100 HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL PUBLICATION DESIGNERS
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