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Book Design tips #1 (Robert Denethon books) January 16 2016


Readability plus character - on the artistic balance of book design.


In the Gryphonomicon series I was aiming for an archaic, nineteenth century flavour. You see, while the gryphon novels are set in the distant past, 12,500 years ago, their footnotes, appendices and the general style of the books assume the conceit that they are Nineteenth Century translations of ancient manuscripts discovered during an archaeological dig. This is a picture of the archeological site, supposedly near Zonguldak near the black sea. (Clearly this is set in the alternate universe, the universe of Lilith, not this universe, but the universe Robert Denethon, the fictional author of his books, comes from in the world of the novels; i.e. this archaeological site does not exist in our world...)