Choosing Typefaces

I drew the letters over and over with slight variations and different types of pens or ink nibs, and decided on this

Whilst making my roughs I just used the font ‘Baskerville’ as a template for type placement. Once I was ready to choose the final font, I reviewed a couple of websites which recommended certain typefaces for book design – this one by InDesignSkills was particularly helpful as it gave varied examples, including Penguin texts! I used both a selection of suggestions and my own favourites typed out with each title, as well as a bold version of the font, at 30pt to print so I could gather a good idea of what each will look like.


After much deliberation, I chose to continue with the font Gill Sans – Penguin’s classic typeface – for blurbs and keep perfecting my hand-rendered typography for the titles.

Coles, S. (2008) ‘Top Ten Typefaces used by Book Design Winners’, The Font Feed, 12 November. Available at: (Accessed: 8 November 2016).
Friedlander, J. (2011) ‘5 Great Fonts for Book Covers’, The Book Designer, 30 August. Available at: (Accessed: 7 November 2016).
InDesignSkills (2014) 10 Essential InDesign Skills. Available at: (Accessed: 8 November 2016).
InDesignSkills (2014) Typography: Fantastic fonts for book covers. Available at: (Accessed: 8 November 2016).

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