The Layout and Design Process

I’m beginning to play around with laying out a group of articles from North Dakota Quarterly on World War I. I’m committed to using Doves Type for all sorts of reasons ranging from the peaceful name to the vintage feel and the story, of course, of its rediscovery.  

At the same time, I’m trying figure out how best to lay out the page. Doves lacks italics or bolds, so everything has to be done with the text itself (and, say, small caps). I like that as a challenge and find that it is a fairly easy limit to overcome.

Below are a few page mock ups.

Larger (12 pt font) and in a single text block:

Libby Text Fixed

Libby Text Fixed2

Or in columns with a smaller, slightly denser font spacing?

1 Libby1 Libby2

3 Davies3 Davies2

Any feedback would be great!

Stay tuned for this to appear sometime in early November.


  1. Stephan Peters

    It might be a little late now, – actually a lot late now – I found this while I was looking for things published using the new digitized Doves Type because I just set my wife’s YA Fantasy novel (unpublished, just for the now grown kids this Christmas) in Doves.

    Doves may be offering an italic after Christmas this year (2016).

    Doves looks much better in a single page format, without columns. It has a lot of white space so rivers become a problem if you have less characters per line, so with short lines there might be a lot of hyphens to correct.

    Adobe Jenson Pro Italic Subhead works well with Doves. That’s what I used.

    Or try Jenson Recut Italic, or a Garamond based italic, like something in the Cormorant family if price is an issue.

    I haven’t tried them, but Centaur (Based on Wm. Morris’ Golden) Italic or Venetian 301 Italic might also do well for you to compliment Doves.

    But anyway, it’s a little late now.

    Were you able to set the pages in Doves? I actually went to NDQuarterly to see if I could see the finished product, but I wasn’t sure where to look on the page.

    1. Hi Stephan,

      Here’s a link to one thing set in Doves:

      I’m looking forward to the italics. That’ll give the font a bit more utility.



  2. Congrats on new issue of Epoiesen. Can I suggest you include as a footer (or header) the journal title and date or volume #, for improved citation tracking? If possible? Thanks.

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