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  • The making of the fourth edition of Diary of a Maniac Designer by Yana Frank

    Overview   Process  

    Critically looking at the compact composing of the third edition and deciding to go back to the Tschichold-inspired spacious composing of the second edition. Increasing leading, introducing errata, typesetting everything with Artemius, scattering the tiniest author’s drawings and doodles here and there on the margins.

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    At first we don’t want to change the dust jacket much—maybe use different tree branches, add a tiny avatar to the spine, an age restriction sign and the edition number—all the small things.

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    We don’t want to use a new endpaper either, we’d rather use the one from the first and second editions.

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    But the art-director convinces the author to draw a new picture for the title, as well as a new endpaper. Quick and easy, no fuss—New Year is almost here!

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    The endpaper came out really cool! But the title picture looks unstable, we’d rather have it redrawn. Talking to the art director, slapping together a sketch in Photoshop and sending it to the author to support our request.

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    Author: No can do, too much on my plate with all this New Year craziness. You’ll have to make do without me. I have no objections to your proposals.

    Finalizing the title picture on our own and adding color pencils to the sides of the edition number. The dust jacket is ready.

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    Chief typesetter: Well, we’ll have to update the branches on the binding as well then.

    Finding a suitable nondescript sapling among the author’s illustrations and growing it into a full-fledged branchy decoration.

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    To the press!



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