For its second edition, the book 'As Preciosas Coisas Banais' ('Precious Ordinary Things', in loose translation) changed publishers and needed a complete redesign. Having collaborated on the first edition as an illustrator, I was invited to take care of the book as a whole, taking the opportunity to better integrate text and illustration, and to redo some of the illustrations that didn't age so well.
The book's main challenge was determining its shape and size. As a heterogeneous yet large collection of texts, a smaller format would result in too many pages, while a larger format would result in too many pages with too little words.
We decided a smaller text would give the book a better reading rhythm, and to compensate for the larger number of pages, we opted for a thinner paper with coverless, exposed bound, giving the book a 180º aperture.
The design followed the book's writing and title, keeping everything as simple and as elegant as possible.