We make books. We love books.

Values

The Frontispiece seeks to create coherent cover and interior book design concepts that uphold the highest design and typsetting standards while maintaining visual consistency throughout the project. We do not subscribe to the theory that cover and interior design should be handled by seperate departments or even seperate individuals. We believe in books as art objects. Surely, a book cover should be seen as a marketing tool, and a well-typeset book should first and foremost honor the author's words, but to essentialize these elements as fitting only these roles is to limit the magic of the book itself. 

Book design is a critical element in the potential success of any publication. For those without the skills and resources to generate beautiful book designs, there are very few options outside of the traditional publishing model through which to create high-quality work. The Frontispiece provides professional publication solutions to a wide variety of clients. From first-time authors to seasoned publishing houses, and designs ranging from simple book designs to large-scale branding/identity efforts, our small-shop feel in no way inhibits our ambition. 

We are dedicated antiquarians with tendencies towards modernism and simplicity. We understand that design is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and are therefore committed to collaborative efforts aimed at getting projects completed beautifully and efficiently. If you are looking for intelligent solutions for your book or design project, please contact us.

 

TESTIMONIALS

Zearn  

ZEARN MATH WORKBOOKS AND ZEARN MATH TEACHER EDITIONS

“Kevin’s keen eye and Emma’s experience in education made them excellent partners on our project. They were very thoughtful giving input into the design to make it user friendly. We worked on some demanding and changing timelines, but Kevin was always very responsive and flexible to address our needs with the best interest of the project and our organization at heart.

“This project included a complex hand-off of files and included knowledge sharing. Kevin made tutorial videos with helpful tips and guidelines which made delivery very smooth. Kevin went above and beyond when challenges came up; he didn’t rest till we found solutions for complex issues. He was always available, swift to incorporate changes, proactive in his suggestions, and very pleasant to work with."

– Andrea Schoenberger, Production Manager at Zearn
 

Eliot Peper  

BOOK DESIGN FOR THE UNCOMMON SERIES, CUMULUS, AND NEON FEVER DREAM

"I'm a difficult author, or so my publisher tells me. Nothing matters more to me than delighting readers. That's why I pour my heart and soul into my stories. That's why I am unabashedly anal about every little detail of the production process: editorial, cover, typography, design, outreach, etc. Only the best books earn attention and word-of-mouth recommendations. That's why I've loved working with Kevin on my last four novels. I found a kindred spirit in his singleminded dedication to creating something beautiful in both form and function. He thinks through every angle, executes with unmatched discipline, and surprises me with outside-the-box ideas. If you need to produce a book, hire him. Your readers deserve it."
 

Jessica Manuszak  

BOOK DESIGN FOR PLEASE VALIDATE MY EXISTENCE

"The Frontispiece is a design agency dedicated to providing the most professional publishing solutions to authors, publishers, and also probably your next door neighbor. I hiiiiiiiiighly recommend you contact them to discuss your next book or design project because they’re both ballers and shot callers—not to mention an absolute delight to work with, even when I was accidentally that client, and asked them to change the colors of my cover roughly eleventy-billion times. Just saying’."
 

Hap Klopp & Brian Tarcy  

BOOK DESIGN FOR ALMOST: 12 ELECTRIC MONTHS CHASING A SILICON VALLEY DREAM

"Kevin's design for our book, ALMOST evokes mystery, a sense of danger, and the overwhelming allure of a place where anything is possible. As the book is a narrative and a great story as well as business book, Kevin's design perfectly captures that. It's really amazing. We have each written several books. This is by far our favorite design. We both highly recommend Kevin Kane and The Frontispiece."
 

ABOUT

The Frontispiece was founded in 2015 by Kevin Barrett Kane and Emma Christine Hall and is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

fron·tis·piece
(frŭn′tĭ-spēs′)

A frontispiece is the illustration preceding the title page of a book. 

CAPABILITIES

Book Design
Typesetting
Layout
Editorial Design
eBook Design

Editing
Proofing
Offset Printing
Print-on-Demand

Typography
Illustration
Printmaking
Letterpress

Brand + Identity
Creative Strategy
Art Direction
Promotion

CLIENTS

Zearn
FG Press
John Wiley & Sons
Eliot Peper
Downy Flake
Verve & Vigor
Media Archaeology Lab
Whiskey Autumn
Catalyst Coaching
CU Honors Journal
BTY Publishing
Adam Griffin
Richard MacManus
Brad Feld
William Mougayar
Hap Klopp

BUCKETLIST

Album Design
Artist Monograph
Annual Report
Children's Book
Cookbook
Corporate Identity
Art Gallery/Exhibition
Large Publisher
Periodical
Restaurant Menu
Textbook