Frank Chimero is a designer and illustrator.
The Shape of Design
Print, Illustration, Interactive • 2012
The Shape of Design is a meditation on the design process and the work’s potential effect when released.
The book was printed as a cloth-bound hardback.
Its interior is two colors, black and warm red, and is typeset in one typeface, Quadraat, at one size.
Uniformity in typeface and type size allows the digital reading experience to closely mimic the printed book.
The cover was designed to scale well, so it’d be legible at small sizes on tablets. Many book covers are like logos now. They are identity systems that must work in many contexts.
The design necessities of printed books and ebooks should shine on one another to benefit both formats. No reading experience should be inferior.
Each chapter opens with a two-color line art illustration.
The illustrations also gracefully downgrade for e-ink.