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Old 02-13-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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Kathleen,

I put together a model of a new booklet layout according to your recommendations. It's amazing! I printed this in the computer room in my basement!!! I just went into my library and looked at a number of sample booklets put out by professional organizations using commercial printers. Sorry, but my booklet reads easier, handles nicer, and has a better looking layout. Forgive my immodesty, but I am giving you the credit.

Some of the other booklets really do have nicer cover designs, with professionally artistic graphics. But I simply don't have the time to design or hunt down graphics for every booklet I put out. Further, I come from a tradition of plain folk, and I couldn't get too fancy with a cover design anyway. We emphasize the quality and power of the message, and we're very suspicious of anything that is overdone. Still, I wonder if I could find one basic graphic with a common organizational theme for all the booklets, to help out with spacing and interest. The better quality layout of the booklet content does cause my cover to seem weak. I'm going to use a Tahoma font on the cover.

I can only work on the booklet layout as I have spare moments in between projects, and I still have refinements to keep on considering. The booklets only have a limited role in what I do, but it's important to have nice ones when they count.


This post is a special thank you for the help.

George
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:04 AM   #2
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You’re welcome. Glad it turned out so well.

I was wondering, back in the thread, whether these booklets were a series or like chapters from a theoretical book, something like that. If so, I would suggest a standard design element or arrangement to indicate that.

In a way, these sound like 19th century pamphlets I have seen. And the Georgia you are using for the text refers back to Scotch Roman (Matthew Carter’s model for Miller and its step-sister Georgia), an English face that really caught on in America after the Civil War and into the beginning of the 20th century.

Booklets of those times often used a stylized frame or head trim. You might consider something like that.

And I would use Georgia, not Tahoma (or any other super-modern sans) for the cover type. IMHO.

   
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:20 PM   #3
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Kathleen,

The chapters from the books on my website can function independently and form a booklet or article. I have particular reasons for almost always utilizing this method, but there are few exceptions coming. What I am working on now operates in the same manner, independent units forming an organized whole, which could be set into another 50 to 60 booklets. (But it seems that I am in revision heaven. I just can't stop the revising, but that is actually good, and it is the true advantage to self-publishing, setting one's own deadlines, so that quality is never compromised).

However, every booklet that arises from a chapter of the same unit has the exact same formatting. Now your reference to a standard design element or arrangement could actually mean choosing a representative graphic on all the covers of the same series. I like that. Perhaps, you were actually referring to something else, like a page header design. I was also thinking about putting on the cover a small quotation from the booklet or a verse from it.

Just before you recommended the layout to me in the other thread, I was reading an American history book published in 1904. The layout of the book impressed me so much, and the size was about the same as my booklets. I kept thinking I should use the layout, and I kept the book by my computer. Its layout is essentially the same thing as I am converting to now. I'm not certain what the font is.

However, the history book has a plain cover set inside a decorative frame. I was thinking I should use the same type design, but then, it occurred to me it might be too old-fashioned. But it might depend on the frame design. Or it might be I want to pick a frame design that links the present to the past. Hmm. (Funny how you can see what's going on without looking. That's experience). I'm going to use the Georgia font on the cover now, as your humble opinions always work for me, (but somethimes it takes a little while to understand).

I remembered reading some booklets from some time ago, which were superior for both message and design, and and I just found two of them. (Funny, they're also free of charge, and the author graduated from a university I attended in Pittsburgh). One of them is laid out in the format I am leaving. The other is in the format I'm adopting. They're done by Great Impressions Printing and Graphics in Dallas. The print quality may be, but not necessarily, better than mine.

You know, I have a series done in a formal outline format. I'm wondering if the 12 pt. font will work for that on such a small page. I may have to go to 11 pt. then, or start another thread. I'm also working on some things that maybe should have a long version and a short version. Maybe, that will lead to some design questions.

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