Diasporic Africa Press is a nonprofit publisher focusing on works that describe African cultural impact. I’ve worked with the publisher for a while, and we recently worked together to build a fresh style to flow through the works—a style that suits the content while keeping each book’s style consistent but distinctive.

I used concentric rings as a visual analogy for diaspora.
For this one, I pulled color inspiration from the Brazilian flag.
The project was featured in Dribbble's Weekly Replay for Aug 4, 2014.
The text layout.

Many of the works include special characters, and I wanted to choose a typeface for body text that was flexible enough to handle this reliably while still carrying an appealing look. I chose Gentium:

…a typeface family designed to enable the diverse ethnic groups around the world who use the Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts to produce readable, high-quality publications. It supports a wide range of Latin- and Cyrillic-based alphabets.

I chose Seravek as a complement—it also has fairly strong support for special characters, and the pair looks great together.

Phillip and I have worked together for a few years now and with each project he has devoted himself to the task and will not quit until the job is done to satisfaction. Very personable and detailed-oriented, I recommend him highly!

Kwasi Konadu

The rings from the front cover wrap over the spine to the back cover, to give the volumes a distinctive look on the shelf.
Color and image varies, but the overall design is consistent from volume-to-volume. This helps make each one easily identifiable as a publication of Diasporic Africa Press.

I always have a blast designing books for Diasporic Africa Press—largely because I always manage to learn something new as I work through them. To find out more about the publisher, including their aims and information on available books, check out dafricapress.com.