Assignment 02.05: Interior Book Design


The pri­mary goal if this assign­ment is to uti­lize print pro­duc­tion soft­ware and skills to cre­ate a port­fo­lio qual­ity lay­out of the inte­rior pages of a clas­sic book.


After choos­ing a book from the list below, develop a con­cep­tual solu­tion for the inte­rior lay­out, which is pri­mar­ily text. Care­fully ana­lyze audi­ence or mar­ket forces to deter­mine the graphic approach to the pre­sen­ta­tion. Pre­cisely choose fonts and pos­si­ble imagery to com­pli­ment this solu­tion. Appro­pri­ate use of Inde­sign is vital to suc­cess. File man­age­ment is also key to seam­less production.

Background Reading

  • Bringhurst, p 61–74, 75–92, 93–117, 143–178
  • Kane: Text, p 89–136; Sim­ple Orga­ni­za­tion, p 118–149


Choose a book from the list below and design key sam­ple pages. Please con­sult the open source Guten­berg Project for texts.

  • Adven­tures of Huck­le­berry Finn
  • Alice’s Adven­tures in Wonderland
  • Don Quixote
  • Franken­stein
  • Ham­let
  • Great Expec­ta­tions
  • Jane Eyre
  • Moby Dick
  • Par­adise Lost
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Swiss Fam­ily Robinson
  • Trea­sure Island
  • Wuther­ing Heights

Part One

Using the “clas­sic” book lay­out from the Kane’s A Typo­graphic Primer as a start­ing point, develop a typ­i­cal typo­graphic lay­out for your book. You are required to develop a title page, mock table of con­tents, a chap­ter head­ing page or spread, and a enough two-page spreads to com­plete the selected chap­ter, com­plete with head­ers, and other com­mon ele­ments. Please use only the restricted type­faces pre­sented in class. Final page size is 6″ x 9″ (Octavo). Your design must incor­po­rate the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Sec­tion into the final solution.

Brain­storm five (5) con­cepts. Think as diverse as pos­si­ble, though at least one of the con­cepts must be a typo­graphic solu­tion. Research any nec­es­sary visual mate­r­ial for ref­er­ence. Cre­ate five (5) sketches on paper for each con­cept to cre­ate a total of 25 sketches. Con­cen­trat­ing both visu­ally and con­cep­tu­ally, keep in mind the design prin­ci­ples of Gestalt, con­trast, pat­tern, etc.

Again on paper, refine your five (5) ideas into two (2). Eval­u­ate your results and select the best of this batch. At this point, move to the com­puter and refine your sketch dig­i­tally as many times as nec­es­sary to achieve an ideal solu­tion. Cre­ate dig­i­tal revi­sions of your lay­out, cre­at­ing grids, style sheets and mas­ter page items as necessary.

Part Two

Cre­ate a lo-res black and white proofs to estab­lish posi­tion­ing and place­ment of items, such as typog­ra­phy, head­ers, foot­ers, etc. Con­tinue to make adjust­ments to cre­ate a lo-res black and white sam­ple to eval­u­ate your success.

Part Three

Present final printed proofs. Place a PDF file the appro­pri­ate D2L dropbox.


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine assign­ment score: Assign­ment 02.05: Inte­rior Book Design


Link man­age­ment, Font man­age­ment, Text tool, Pen tool, Pathfinder Palette, Sav­ing, file struc­ture, PDF creation


Lay­out paper, pen­cil, Adobe Inde­sign, Illus­tra­tor and/or Pho­to­shop, access to b/w and color laser printer, matte board, ruler, cut­ting tool, rub­ber cement


As defined by cor­re­spond­ing cal­en­dar item, drop­box, dis­cus­sion or con­tent topic description.