We make books. We love books.
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 separate departments or even separate 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.
"Something else I want to touch on is the absolutely gorgeous graphic design both outside and inside this book. Each chapter heading has a visual progression that changes as you get closer to the conclusion. Little details like this really make a physical copy a worthwhile thing in an age of easy digital books."
book design for surveillance zone
To say that Kevin is a brilliant rockstar would be a huge understatement. I thought he would be good (that’s, after all, why I chose to go with him), but I had no idea he was going to be as awesome as he was.
Beyond his brilliant designs (both interior and exterior), Kevin is also super knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to finalizing, uploading and strategizing your whole publishing process. He actually read my whole manuscript in order to really understand what I needed.
Being a writer (especially a not-too-tech-savvy, self-published one like me) is a very difficult and LONELY path to walk. As soon as I went with Kevin, it was like The A Team (with Steve Jobs and Picasso in it) came on-board to take care of EVERYTHING. Super attentive, super responsive super cooperative, staggeringly knowledgeable and experienced. I’m not even going to think about publishing my next book without him.
“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
"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."
"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
"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 The Frontispiece."
The Frontispiece was founded in 2015 by Kevin Barrett Kane and Emma Christine Hall and is located in Kansas City, Missouri.
A frontispiece is the illustration preceding the title page of a book.
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