books - inside (and/or) out
The design of books, book covers and/or illustrations for books involves taking the time to understand the material that is going to be published.
Care has been taken in each of these projects to figure out how to present the information to the intended audience. The organization and layout; the typeface(s) (a.k.a. font), styles and sizes; and the image creation and selection are part of this. On some books it has also involved editing the content and text.
Designing books, like any other products, has to do with balancing the quality of the design with the budget, as printing books is very costly and it is difficult to make a return on the investment. The size, print quality, number of pages and whether the book is full color, partial color, or completely black/white are all part of the design process and thinking. Thus, there can a lot of back and forth between author and designer.
Another compromise that needs to occur is in fitting the content (text and images) into a format. For example, in the Making Machines book, the exercises are each given two pages and one image. The content thus had to be edited in order to fit that format.