The Sea Book
Publication Design, Layout Design, Typography
Time Life Books has many, many informative books on many, many topics, but their heydey was from the 1960s to the 1980s so quite a few of them have dated layouts as we're now halfway through the 2010s. So I chose to re-design The Sea by Leonard Engel, a book all about the sea and all the sealife it contains, which is a topic close to my heart. I grew up in the Florida Panhandle right on the Gulf of Mexico and lived in a house on a bay connected to the Gulf so I was always around water and lots of it. I loved it and have many great experiences with water.
Inspired by these experiences, I sought to give The Sea a much needed re-design in terms of layout and photography. More than anything, I wanted to maintain an air of mystery throughout. The sea is so mysterious and so many things have yet to be discovered within its depths, so I took a heavily gridded and minimalist approach inspired by the Swiss/International Style so the focus was the content, the amount of text wasn't overwhelming as it often is in informative books, and the images were crystal clear and complementary to the text.
The result is a gorgeous layout that is very easy on the eyes, certainly much more so than the original layout. You breeze through the text as if taken by a current as it's buoyed by much needed white space and stunning imagery. It feels much more like the nature of the sea: Often mysterious, both colorful and muted, and of course, very open.