Insomnium is my second novel. It developed organically out of the
frustration and emotional turbulence of the draft of what was supposed
to be my second novel, Voyage Windbound (the successor to Voyage
Embarkation). You can read more about that fraught history in the
biographical material included in the new edition of Voyage
Embarkation available tomorrow. For this post, I want to focus on
Insomnium’s layout and design.
The first edition of the novel was my second ever attempt at doing a
book layout. Upon returning to it, there were some elements that I
liked, and some I didn’t. I actually made pretty good font choices, and
I really liked the idea of making the chapter numbers larger than life.
However, the way that chapter titles were pages all to themselves was
jarring, and I’ve grown to dislike initial large caps and drop caps.
This new design keeps the larger page numbers, but scales them down to
something more reasonable. Perhaps just “large” rather than “larger than
life.” My bit of oddity, fitting with the novel’s theme, is the faded
circles behind the page numbers. I ended up with something halfway
between my original design and my modern sensibilities. I enjoyed how
this one turned out.
The text is laid out in
Millard, another one
of those fonts that is very readable, but if you stop and look at it
closely you’ll noticed there’s something ever so slightly odd about it.
It’s a little too round. But when you’re reading, you won’t notice a
thing. The book’s display font, used for chapter titles and headers, is
much more of an overt oddball. For that, I chose
Genius. The two
manage to complement each other well in that they are slightly
discordant against one another (but not too much), which is perfect
I’m happy with how the layout for Insomnium turned out. This edition
will serve me well for more than a few years.