After youave created content for your book, youall need to begin to think about the layouts and design elements youall like to incorporate in the finished product. With so many resources available in iBooks Author, the options for specifying design elements to complement your book seem endless. However, before adjusting and customizing layouts, it is important to understand the basics of what makes a book layout aesthetically pleasing and what makes a successful layout.
For example, most people would be able to point out the significance of the main aspects of book layouts, like the visual differences between chapter and section pages in iBooks Author, but do you often notice the way the empty space is being used, or the alignment and symmetry of the layout? Our world is full of visual information a from advertising to newspapers, magazines, websites and beyond. Itas easy to forget how much planning and design go into these various types of media, and digital books are no different.
These tutorials, which explain graphic design, layouts, and compositions, will help get you started thinking about design basics. For your iBooks Author layouts, the most useful highlights include explanations on the psychology of color and choosing the right color palates.
Along with the tutorials weave already mentioned, there are other videos on layouts that offer input on different elements, such as using shape and line to guide the viewer, how color affects a layout, the cultural meaning of color, using space to create a powerful composition, and sizing. It is also crucial to understand how to use balance and tension or scale to create a dynamic layout. While proportion and symmetry remain critical to clean layouts, there may be a place for knowing when not to use symmetry, including the golden rule, and how to use grids that will assist you with the spacing and proportions of your layouts.
A cohesive layout will feature elements that work in harmony with each other. When looking at the layout as a whole, it can be intimidating to create something completely from scratch. Take a look at these videos on simplicity and minimalism: the power of simplicity and minimalism, using excess to success, and creating consistencyabut not too much. Remember, sometimes less is more!
There are more videos at Lynda.com that you and your team can check out, and be sure to visit the u.osu.edu/booklaunch blog where you can find more resource tutorial videos, links to help articles, and assistance from the Book Launch Team!