Project Date: April 07, 2016 Skills: Book Design, Book Cover, Book Interior Layout

Not Contagious-Only Cancer

Book design for Not Contagious—Only Cancer, a novel by Miriam Ching Yoon Louie
with illustrations by Nguyen Louie
Rabbit Roar (April 2016)
5.5″x8.5″ trimmed
360 pages
Full-color cover and black & white interior

Process Notes

I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with Korean Chinese American writer Miriam Ching Yoon Louie on the design on her first novel, which features illustrations by her daughter, Nguyen Louie. The mother/daughter team is self-publishing the book under their own independent press.

My journey with the cover was to find ways to let the text be easeful around Nguyen’s stunning artwork. For the interior, I spent time finding a font to match the wit and humor of Miriam’s writing. I ended up going with Merriweather and Merriweather Sans paired with a wider letting to allow the text to breathe and increase its readability.

Initially I tailored the design for the advanced review copy, which went to press in November 2015. Several months later, I made the necessary updates for the market printing.

Jai is an inventive shapeshifter whose skills manifest in the unique quality of each work produced. Jai listens deeply to the rhythm of each artist and then infuses that beat with their own to invent a new collaborative dance. Fellow artists benefit from Jai’s restless, multi-faceted creativity to reach new dimensions of space and time. Jai is a self-taught border crosser, at times between lands of great danger and pain. They are a magic vessel with capacity to hold wonders beyond the limits of “she” or “he.” Jai turns these journeys into treasures for the community chest.
—Miriam Ching Yoon Louie

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