The idea was that this was going to be an easy-to-read "handbook," so I tried to keep the book as welcoming and accessible as possible in all aspects (especially given the subject, Meta, which has been described as a "friendly" typeface). The philosophy of friendliness led me to selecting Meta for the body copy and designing a square book—the book's dimensions are 8x8", so it's both portable and easily held.
I was challenged to steer clear of a common pitfall that come with square books: centered, boxy, repetitive compositions. I included dramatic gestures (the large letterforms on the page) and a variety of compositions in an effort to keep the design lively as the reader progressed even as the book maintained its basic system.
The necessity of a labeling system for the diagrams also presented some interesting problems. Originally, I had diagram descriptions within the body copy and the images labeled with figure numbers that were intended to direct the reader back to the body copy. This proved too clunky and confusing, so I moved the descriptions from the body copy to right next to the diagrams and then had to do more research on Meta to flesh out the body. Overall, the process of designing this book became a progression toward not only visual interest but, perhaps even more importantly, maximum clarity.