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Photo books are a great way to display and preserve your memories, and services like iBooks and Blurb make it easy and affordable to create professional quality bound books. But your design choices are what make them special. Join designer Nigel French as he covers the basics of planning and building a photo book, reviews the qualities of good photo books, and examines the design principles at work in their creation—regardless of the software used. This course provides both inspiration and practical techniques for creating your photo book.
When choosing a typeface for your text, consider the following. The type should be stylistically in keeping with the theme of the book. If your theme is modernist architecture, for example, then choose a modernistic typeface. If your theme is rooted in a particular time and a particular place, research typefaces from that era and from that place. But be careful. If readers of the book are more apt to comment on your type choices than the photographs themselves, you have failed.
The type is there to play a supporting role, not to trump the photograph. Avoid at all costs trying to make the type look more personal by choosing a fancy or decorative font. Thousands have come before you with the same idea, and it didn't work for them, either. It ends up looking amateurish and undermining the credibility of your images. If your theme is a personal one, and you want your type to reflect that, scan your own handwriting. You're the only person who writes the way you do. Whatever your chosen style of typeface, be consistent with it. Stick where possible to a single font style at a single size. Unless you can articulate a good reason for changing either, you probably don't need to.
When in doubt, it's best to choose typefaces that are neutral. While all typefaces carry some connotations, some carry more stylistic baggage than others. For me, a sans serif typeface, like Myriad Pro, with its graceful shape, lack of adornment, and relative neutrality is a safe choice. As with much else, it's ultimately down to personal preference. To learn more about typography, check out the Foundations of Typography by Ina Saltz or my own InDesign Typography here at Lynda.com
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