Category Archives: Desktop Publishing

DTP, Page layouts and digital typography editing: magazines, newspapers, books, eBooks, Artbooks, self-publishing, book cover design, eReaders, tablets and iPads formatting and manuscript conversion [Amazon Kindle (.mobi), Kobo (.epub), Smashwords, Barnes and Noble Nook) ISBN numbers, web pages and much more.

Book cover design concept illustration

La Seconda Occasione: Book Cover Design Concept IllustrationMinimalism is the secret for Digital Publishing!

Here goes a quick concept illustration I made a few years ago for Marco Calò’s book La seconda occasione (“The Second Chance” in English). It’s a novel about a girl and her relations  during the Second World War in Italy.

The goal of a good cover is to communicate what the book is about. So the main idea for the cover was to transmit the uncertainty of life, especially in war time, and the feelings of the protagonist forced by the war to travel away from her family. Loneliness as a trigger for catharsis. It’s a subject that is well represented in a particular episode inside this story, where a girl finds herself waiting for a train alone and starts to think about her life. It’s a classic theme of blues songs: «I’m waiting in the station with a suitcase in my hand».
I thought that a simple, minimalist design (another good rule for amazing and catchy book covers) mixed with the metaphysical style and melancholic landscapes of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico was a nice choice to start with. Because another reason to keep it simple and clean, is the technical problem you have when searching for books on a virtual bookstore: what customers see is not a full size cover, it’s just a small thumbnail next to dozens of other little previews, icons, links, promotions, banners, ads, and lots of other disturbing-flickering-confusing-noisy-buzzy stuff. So you have to keep scaling on mind while designing a good selling cover, especially for digital devices and eReaders such as Kobo (.epub), Kindle (.mobi), tablets and iPads. A cover stuffed with too many graphic elements will be viewed as a messy and ugly thumbnail.

I will upload on another post the final version of this old unfinished vector illustration for Marco Calò’s eBook!

Bebina’s Cabinet of Curiosities eBook: desktop publishing

Bebina Bunny and Her Cabinet of Curiosities eBook: Desktop publishing
Editing Cynthia Korzekwa’s new philosophical art book.

We are proud to begin this collaboration with artist Cynthia Korzekwa. Cynthia created the blog Art for Housewives – is gonna be its 10th birthday this month – after reading 1992 World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity, as a form of activism and to promote the change necessary to save our home: planet Earth. By the years it evolved in a diary about Daily Aesthetics. All this led to Arte per Massaie (Art for Housewives), a book printed in Italy and focused on Art, Recycling and Housewives. Recycling – as daily aesthetics – begins at home, and housewives always have been recyclers.
On Cynthia’s blog you will find huge archives and articles about: upcycling, reconstructed clothing, ecofeminism, guerrilla gardening and even more.

This new project is an eBook called Bebina Bunny and Her Cabinet of Curiosities. Before Internet or museums, some people use to recollect objects of interest often related to art and natural history, like antiquities or religious relicts. This kind of collection was know as Cabinet of Curiosity.
Bebina Bunny and Her Cabinet of Curiosities is the story of Bebina who, thanks to a message in a bottle found on Paros Island, begins to reflect about the way she observes the world. She soon starts to change her approach on life by collecting “curiosities”: not only objects but ideas and informations that Bebina collects, writes down on paper and puts into empty bottles. Bebina’s transcendental experience of curiosity takes a look at mythology, history of women, nature, the body, motion, vibration, magnetism, sleep, and much more to stimulate her curiosity.

This month Sir Joe Works will sail towards the emotion of a new desktop publishing adventure! Preliminary sketches from Cynthia Korzekwa’s original sketchbook will be posted in the next weeks. Remember to check our portfolio too: hopefully by the end of July the eBook cover will be done.