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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)