Note: Still working on the book. Making progress, hope to be finished very soon. (Very, very soon.) Regular programming will resume when the draft is sent to the editors.
There’s nothing like a deadline to throw you into pandemonium and confusion. I am trying to finish up the chapters on stuff and things, and I’ve found myself deeply conflicted on what I want to do and how I want to do it.
I can take one of several paths, but all options require compromises which don’t excite me. And due to the need to actually finish sometime in my lifetime, I’m going to have to cut material. I’ve already made really deep cuts and now it’s time for more. Without supporting bits (already cut) I’ve discovered that a lot of remaining material doesn’t make sense.
This is painful, because I thought the material lovely, interesting and essential. The bits were amongst my favorites, and I hate to see them go. (But then, after you’ve worked on a book for a year, you lose any semblance of objectivity. Ideas are like your children, cutting them feels tantamount to murder.)
One piece that I had and really liked was a bit about the history and evolution of type, particularly how new letterforms allowed for new stories and types of ideas. Then, I removed much of the surrounding material and the graphics no longer make sense.
But some of the ideas are nifty, and I’m always a sucker for history of any kind, so I’m making a last minute salvage attempt.
What do you think of the layout below? (PDF to be found here.) Is it too dense? Are there too many words? Does it work? Does it help to tell a (somewhat butchered) story? Opinions, thoughts and critiques welcome.