Jurassic Text Layouts:
Children’s books need to be engaging and educational, text can make or break this balance; a spread can pop off the page with text or it can be made completely dull and boring depending on its placement and treatment.
I was concerned that text would make the book boring, or trip up on the illustrations that I have produced. To see how other illustrators/publishers have treated text throughout their books I took a trip to WHSmith to get some hands-on time with contemporary children’s books. The above images are type experiments over a double page spread to try and see how type could work throughout my recipe book.
The most successful experiments, I feel, were those that separated the text and the image. Integrated text works throughout some books, but as there isn’t much room on my illustrations for text, artwork was being covered which I would really rather avoid.
The typefaces that I used through my narrative recipe book were Clare Hand and Amatic.