JOHN DUSTIN PATTERSON

HEART SHAPED BOX BOOK DESIGN
PROJECT SCOPE
  • Art Direction
  • Book Layout
  • Copy-Editing
  • Book Design

CHALLENGE

The task was to redesign a favorite book - inside and out - and deliver a final, bound book with cover.

SOLUTION

I art-directed a photo-shoot with photographer Bryan Anton to capture the cover image. I paired the image with thin, glowing titles. In the book interior, I paired elegant Bodoni chapter-heads with transitional Baskerville, which is easily read, with a classic feel.

HEART SHAPED BOX

Written by Joe Hill, son of famous horror author Stephen King, Heart Shaped Box is the dark tale of a cursed suit and it’s haunted owner. I picked this book to design because it’s fun to design ominous things.

MOOD BOARD

After re-reading Heart Shaped Box, I created a moodboard of descriptors, textures and images I felt captured the mood of the novel.

TYPEFACE EVOLUTION

Next, I developed various type treatments for the cover and chapter heads. I started with rougher “grunge” typefaces, before moving onto a more refined and spectral typeface.

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TYPEFACE INTERIOR

For the book interior, I designed Bodoni section heads, ornate Fette Fraktur chapter numbers, and transitional Baskerville for the body copy. The elegant thicks and thins of Bodoni paired nicely with the more classical (and readable) Baskerville.

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BOOK INTERIOR

Designing the cover was just the beginning. I imported the original text into InDesign, proof-reading the copy, styling the body copy, chapter heads, headers, footers and layout.

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FINAL COVER SLEEVE

Prepared in InDesign, this is the final print PDF.

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© Dustin Patterson