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TeX users don’t often get the chance to see books in the humanities typeset with TeX, where a different kind of thinking goes into type selection and layout to give a book its utility and distinctive appeal. We hope to remedy that a little, by making a number of pdf samples available for public download.

The books from which the samples are drawn are among those selected by the judges of past AAUP book, jacket and journal shows — for excellence in design, production and manufacture. The samples themselves are simulations of printed double-page spreads, intended for viewing in Adobe Acrobat version 5 and above, running outside the browser. Acrobat’s full screen mode and text smoothing are recommended for best results.

Some restrictions have been placed on the pdf content to discourage printing and extraction. Hopefully, this won’t keep anyone from enjoying the work, or if they wish, to study the design and typography up close.


    


Alternative Modernities
Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar, editor
Duke University Press

trim size: 6.125 × 9.25 in;  pages: 376
text: 10.4/14 Minion × 24.5 pc
display face: Meta
book design: Rebecca M. Giménez

show date: 2002
category: trade typographic
judges’ comments: All elements handled successfully. (jm) Very handsome. Minion and Meta work well together, and the title page is an elegant entry to the book. (lh)

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Animal Triste
Monika Maron (translated by Brigitte Goldstein)
University of Nebraska Press

trim size: 5.5 × 9 in;  pages: 144
text: 10.4/14 Minion × 22 pc
display face: Minion
book design: Richard Eckersley

show date: 2001
category: trade typographic
judges’ comments: Solid text page design and layout. Young designers should study this type of book design and learn. (tb, em) Animal-ish ornament is enjoyable. (tb)

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The Cast of Character
Nancy Worman
University of Texas Press

trim size: 6 × 9 in;  pages: 288
text: 9.75/14 Palatino × 27 pc
display face: Syntax
book design: Heidi Haeuser

show date: 2003
category: scholarly typographic
judges’ comments: This book works in a lot of ways: the two-color jacket is strong; the combination of Palatino and Syntax seems exactly right for the topic and the format; and the page size is very pleasant in the hand. (kf) I feel the type ornament is too dominant (perhaps it would have been more effective screened back), but the use of Palatino and its accompanying Greek font is to be applauded. (cz)

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City of Suspects
Pablo Piccato
Duke University Press

trim size: 6.125 × 8.875 in;  pages: 376
text: 9.8/14 Carter & Cone Galliard × 25.5 pc
display faces: Gill Sans Extra Bold, Galliard
book design: Cherie Westmoreland

show date: 2002
category: trade typographic
judge’s comments: A very handsome book. The running heads might have been typographically differentiated from the text a bit more. But overall very strong typography and design. (lh) Well designed throughout. (jm)

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The Federal Appointments Process
Michael J. Gerhardt
Duke University Press

trim size: 6.125 × 9 in;  pages: 416
text: 10.6/14 Adobe Caslon × 25.5 pc
display face: Adobe Caslon
book design: Rebecca M. Giménez

show date: 2001
category: scholarly typographic
designer’s comment: I wanted the comprehensive legal history to feel solemn, traditional, and dignified. The table of contents was challenging.
judges’ comments: Federal done right. (em, tb)

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The Ghost of John Wayne and Other Stories
Ray Gonzalez
University of Arizona Press

trim size: 6 × 9 in;  pages: 186
text: 10.5/16 Sabon × 24 pc
display faces: Edward Hopper, Sabon
book design: Anne Keyl

show date: 2002
category: poetry
judges’ comments: Nice binding. (jm) The typography here is solid and readable — with a twist! (lh)

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Gunning for Ho
H. Lee Barnes
University of Nevada Press

trim size: 5.5 × 8.5 in; pages: 176
text: 10/14 Adobe Minion × 21.5 pc
display face: Franklin Gothic Heavy
book design: Carrie House

show date: 2001
category: trade typographic
judges’ comments: Inspired design. A bold rule rarely works as well as it does in this book. (tb) Simple power, reflecting the subject matter — that black band. (em)

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Lucchesi and the Whale
Frank Lentricchia
Duke University Press

trim size: 6.125 × 8.5 in;  pages: 128
text: 10.5/17 Officina Serif × 23 pc
display face: Officina Serif
book design: Mary Mendell

show date: 2001
category: trade typographic
judges’ comments: We love the evenness. (em, tb)

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Other Chinas
Ralph A. Litzinger
Duke University Press

trim size: 6 × 9.25 in;  pages: 360
text: 10/14 Quadraat × 25 pc
display face: Ex Ponto
book design: Amy Ruth Buchanan

show date: 2001
category: scholarly typographic
judges’ comments: Sense of massing of type on page is nice. Often there is a misuse of calligraphic type, but not here. (tb, em)

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The Secret Lives of Fishermen
Jim Dean
University of North Carolina Press

trim size: 5 × 9.25 in;  pages: 176
text: 9.7/14 New Baskerville × 20.6 pc
display face: Champion Heavyweight
book design: Richard Hendel

show date: 2001
category: trade typographic
judges’ comments: Wonderful concept and execution of copyright page reflecting the subject. Attention to detail is evident. (tb, em)

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This Is Where We Live
Michael McFee, editor
University of North Carolina Press

trim size: 5.75 × 9.25 in;  pages: 296
text: 10.2/14 Quadraat × 25 pc
display face: Eagle Bold
book design: Richard Hendel

show date: 2001
category: trade typographic
judges’ comments: The typographic opening strays from the ordinary and startled us in a refreshing way. Brave execution, illustrations. (em, tb)

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A Time for Tea
Piya Chatterjee
Duke University Press

trim size: 6.125 × 9.25 in;  pages: 432
text: 11.2/14 Monotype Fournier × 25 pc
display face: Fournier
book design: Cherie Westmoreland

show date: 2002
category: scholarly typographic
judges’ comments: 
Playful and lovely! (lh)
Nice open solution; nice typography. (jm)


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