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I designed the layout and cover for a book of short fiction published by Carnegie Mellon University Press — The Truth at Daybreak, by Christopher Torockio. The book was published in 2008.


Readers of The Truth at Daybreak — generally, college-educated adults.


Working with the editor, I decided on the book’s size and margins. Then, I:

  • Selected a typeface, leading, and overall hierarchy of information.
  • Formatted the entire book (238 pages), working to achieve a consistent text color and to eliminate as many widows and orphans as possible.
  • Worked with the editor and author to eliminate all remaining errors and to achieve the vision of both.
  • Designed a cover that reflected the tone of the book.