Jacket Design: First Fire, Then Birds
First Fire, Then Birds by H. L. Hix is the latest book I designed that was published by Etruscan Press. This was my first jacket design for a hardcover book. It started as a standard 6×9” but about halfway through the interior typesetting, I realized the poems were crowding the margins to an uncomfortable degree. It took a little longer for the decision makers to recognize the problem, but by the completion of draft one, we were all in agreement that the size wasn’t working. Several drafts and a revised timeline later, we settled upon dimensions which we felt would accommodate the visually stimulating poems that comprise this book. It’s really an anthology, so the book combines a veritable cornucopia of styles and varying designs (all Hix’s work—I simply replicated his designs in the typesetting process). The end result is a 7×9.5” book, affording a much-needed extra inch for inside and outside margins and enough white space to provide requisite visual relief for such demanding content. I won’t comment further on the content since I’m no poet. Reviews are available at Publishers Weekly and on Amazon, where the book can also be purchased.
Below is the completed full jacket design.
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