Cookbook Fonts and Long Wave Radio
Some notes & quotes from recent reads:
Rather than feature a photo of a single dish on the cover of a cookbook, Art Directors often choose to commission an illustration that will more broadly encompass the author’s chosen cuisine. Pairing this skillfully with type can create a beautiful book that every cook will want in their kitchen.
Deciding which font to use and whether it should compliment, contrast or accentuate the imagery, is a key decision in designing a brilliant cover. Here are 13 (a baker’s dozen) cookbooks that beautifully match type with illustration and why I think each works so well.
Setting type over such a complex illustration can be a tricky balance; it can blot out the image or hinder the readability of the text. The contrast and balance here though are excellent. The chosen typeface has strong, upright letterforms with distinct serifs that help it to stand out. It’s also been set in the perfect weight and colour for maximum contrast.
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