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Grungy layout stuff

So I’ve been playing around with layout ideas. I want the book to feel really entropic, like rusted metal or a crumbling brick wall. The challenge with doing grunge layout is keeping all the dirty stuff from being too distracting from the text. I’d like to hear your thoughts on whether this looks okay or if I should take some stuff away…



January 9, 2008 - Posted by | Kingdom of Nothing


  1. My initial thoughts:

    * Wow, this is pretty. It’s a nice professional layout.
    * It looks just like a Wraith book.
    * It doesn’t look really grungy to me, just textured.

    If you want something about homeless people and grungy, maybe something more urban, like newspaper print, coffee stains, ripped pages, pages that were shredded and taped back together, stuff like that? Its a little gimmicky, but it would make the book stand out.

    Comment by orklord | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. The boders definitely have that grungy look though. Very very nice.

    Comment by robertbohl | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  3. I’d actually say you could get a little messier and not create a problem. You’re sticking to the borders, mainly, which is a good way to keep your grunge under control. I crave a little extra, maybe, along the lines of what Orklord’s saying above — something diffuse and pale that text can go on top of without competing. Discoloring stains, or a slightly wrinkled paper texture.

    You continue to rock the visuals on this, Jeff.

    Comment by fredhicks | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. Nice textures! If you’re concerned about the borders interfering with the text, you could remove the grunge from the gutter, leaving it at the top, bottom and outside edges. That will leave the entire inner area of the double-page spread to house the text. That says to me: “This book has been in some rough locale where decay has encroached upon the book from the outside.”

    Alternatively, you could tone down the grunge from the outer edges, but leave the gutter fully black, like something is oozing from the spine. In that case, the book says to me: “The decay is coming from within.”

    Comment by gobi90 | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. The two graphic design pros have spoken truth. To me, it looks cool and awesome (both professional techinical terms in graphic design).

    Comment by Daniel M. Perez | January 13, 2008 | Reply

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