Marta Dec – your friendly book designer, always here to help you make your book a reality.

Piła/Poznań, Poland

The Little Book of Self-Compassion

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The Little Book of Self-Compassion offers a gentle and delightful introduction to self-compassion. With tender encouragement, this little book will inspire you to make friends with yourself. Offering a warm and light-hearted approach, you can discover how to pay close attention to a friendlier voice inside and bring kindness to the most important relationship you’ll ever have, the one with yourself. 


Arriving at the final design involved a lot of simplification. In the beginning, the additional text visible on the initial versions was removed to make space for the other elements. The next step was deciding to focus mostly on the illustration itself, with the title and author’s name playing the secondary role. In the final version, also the tagline – “Learn to be your own best friend!” was moved to the back cover, giving the front cover elements a bit more room. The result is an engaging, cohesive, and vibrant design.


Despite the book not being very long – the final page count reached 120 – the layout proved to be quite complex, as it involved multiple illustrations, as well as the use of ornamental typefaces and other decorative elements – for example, heart-shaped bullet points, quotes, and writing spaces for the reader to fill with their own content.


Kathryn Lovewell


Book Cover, Layout