“The Little Book of Self-Compassion

CLIENT: Kathryn Lovewell / GENRE: Book cover, interior design

The Book

Discover ways to befriend your inner critic, and be happy with who you are, just as you are, no matter what you are doing or not doing.  With a self-compassionate approach to your life and living, you too can embrace a kinder, more compassionate way to take great care of yourself, especially in times of struggle.

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. At the beginning, the additional text visible on the initial versions was removed to make space for the other elements. Th next step was coming to a decision to focus mostly on the illustration itself, with 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.

The Layout

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.

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