Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Designed fiction

What happens when the author starts designing the book itself – introducing visual elements outside of just the typeface the story may be set in? Designed Fiction via Quipsologies

1 comment:

Rachel Knight said...

I could see this being a problem.

When I first looked at the book pictured, I thought it was aesthetically pleasing. However, I couldn't figure out the title immediately- not a good thing when marketing a book. I decided that it must be "Everything is Illuminated," having not seen the text immediately above it. (Humans scan things more often than we read them.) I then looked at what was written on the fingers, out of curiosity, and assumed up until the thumb that it was a quotation from a review about the book, or words descriptive of the book, but not the title itself.

If this was a book among hundreds of books in a store, I might not have looked as closely at the cover as I did when it was a single photograph in a blog entry. Perhaps, then, authors foraying into design, if they are not designers, might be a bad idea for marketing.

As a writer, I would love to have a hand in designing my own book. I just don't know if I'm qualified to do so.