The final jacket design for Ismaili and Fatimid Studies in honor of Paul E. Walker. The editor originally wanted nothing but the title on solid blue, but I suggested a simple, geometric design loosely based on traditional Middle Eastern tile work.
Two spreads (title page, using a public domain image modified in Photoshop, and first spread of the text) from a recently published satirical novel that pokes fun at consumer society, religion, corporate culture and more. (I didn’t design the cover, so it’s not included here.)
I used public domain woodcuts from the 15th-17th centuries, sometimes modified in Photoshop, to evoke the religious themes and keep the design from getting into the text block rut. I love the strength of lines and the pure black and white of old woodcuts, and they’re fun to manipulate.
(I made the text nonsensical to avoid offending anyone, but I couldn’t take the illustrations out. If they offend you, I apologize.)
A few pages from the first chapter. Lots of footnotes in this book (thousands) and lots of diacritics to keep track of. (Click the little arrow next to the X at the top of this box to see a larger image.)
Three pages from Appendix B (there are 3: A, B and C), showing the tricky and treacherous family trees. Managed not to get anyone in the wrong spot, which was a constant fear. (Click the little arrow next to the X at the top of this box to see a larger image.)
Some pages from the index. It’s a long index. 11 pages. Making an index is tedious and very time-consuming, and there are many ways to mess it up. There’s also something slightly fun about it sometimes, when the process starts to feel vaguely like solving a puzzle. Mostly it’s just tedious and repetitive, but I’ve done enough of them to make it go pretty quickly and keep it accurate. (Click the little arrow next to the X at the top of this box to see a larger image.)
The cover of a mystery novel. This is the paperback cover—click HERE to see the dust jacket I designed for the hardcover. The handprint of ashes relates to the subject of the book (mysterious arson in Boston in the early 1960s) and the main character’s discovery of his own identity.