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P R O A C H
a title usually costs nothing. One therefore has to ask how hand-done
titling can enhance
a design climate dominated by mass-produced typeface, hand done
lettering stands out on shelves and in catalogues. It gives the
book an edge in a very competitive industry.
far as children's influence on purchases is concerned, there is
a great interest in unusual letter forms and writing - more so than
among adults because children are busy learning to write. The title
of a book should add to the fascination of the cover.
second priority is aesthetics. The lettering must be
I have no difficulty creating fresh style. However, the lettering
must also be legible and
well suited to the illustration
a typeface is often square-peg-in-round-hole while there is more
flexibility when the lettering is done by hand.
have a passion for what I do and particularly enjoy the playful
aspects of lettering for children's books. I am also a perfectionist
one who appreciates happy accidents and the natural touch of the
hope it shows in my work:
R O C E D U
you wish to have me do some lettering for a book, simply email me
the wording of the title and credits, describe any ideas or preferences
you might have (you may even include some typeface references) and
attach a JPEG of the cover and title page and any other pages which
may be relevant (about screen size will do).
At this stage we can negotiate a price, and I will begin by emailing
you some rough lettering and layout proposals.When a rough is approved,
I do finished art, scan it and email it in TIFF file format along
with a JPEG size and positioning guide for the book designer to
work with. Once the designer has placed the lettering, he or
she usually sends me a JPEG of the layout to check and any fine-tuning
is done. Then you print the book and send me a copy!
H A T O T H E R S H
E S A I D
Andrew, I am pleased to enclose your copy of CATCH THAT GOAT!
We all think the lettering looks fantastic - thank you for your
Best wishes, Zoe."
the lettering is wonderful, just the way I wanted to go!
the Faery's Gift
Once again - lovely lettering and an eye catching title.
I love those zingy 'a's and the question mark really does a little
boogie at the end."
-Niki Daly re
K I D A L
may notice that most of the books displayed here are Niki Daly's.
Its all thanks to his enthusiasm for my work that I got into childrens'
books. Niki is great to work with -a perfectionist and a creative
genius. His illustrations have soul -a rare thing.
Niki's web site: http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/njdaly/INDEX.htm