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Whew, who knew how much effort went into just laying out the text for a book. Just wrapped up the project for a Skillshare class on styling novel interiors.

 Have a look!

The main title page for my Religion of the Samurai project.

The main title page for my Religion of the Samurai project.

Paul Jarvis Quote

Shapes in illustrator = easy. But in photoshop they're just a pain to work with (at this point).

Playing with pairing fonts, basic geometric designs, and the blend tool in Illustrator.


After finishing a book about Bauhaus I wanted to try to emulate some of the formative practices they used in their courses. Part of the preliminary courses at the school were studies in using color and basic shapes for ideas. On top of that I just discovered that the blend tool in illustrator could quickly create hundreds of objects, so with that in mind this experiment happened. Also decided to see how I could use the personality of different fonts and pair them together, without relying on color to convey the emotion of the text.

Humanist style serifs, hand-lettered.


One of the first things I went to the moment I got some good brush markers was lettering. I'm not sure why it attracts me at this point, besides the attraction to typography in general. Grids are amazingly helpful, but right now even with them I'm sucking at creating elegant curves in some letters. C, I'm looking at you.

"Learning how to make things turns you from a spectator into a participant, from someone at the mercy of the system to someone who is helping to run the system. Learning how to make gives you the guts to make more, to fail more often, to get better at making."

- Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?