Makes The Most of Your Time on Earth | Alan Taylor Jr | Color

For this post, I’m going to be talking about the color choices that the designers for Makes The Most of Your Time on Earth made when designing the book. When it comes to the color palette for the book, it is pretty much all over the place. The reason I say that is because the book is very photo heavy. When you look at the image below you can see how the design played around when the color choice for the page to match up which the photo.

What is noticeable about that page is that the designers used the monochrome technique to play around with different variations of the color purple. The body copy box is a lighter version of purple, section title box is a medium version of purple, and the box that is bleeding off of the page is a darker version.

When it comes to the color of the body text and headlines, the decided to use black. The only text that the didn’t use black for was the numbers on each page. For the numbers, they changed the transparency. Some of the numbers they would leave the outline of the figures, but they wouldn’t have a fill.

For some reason the have two table of content pages, but the one above it not labeled. They do have a table of contents page, and it’s labeled “contents.” When it comes to the choices of color, they used different variations of the each of the colors as a way to separate each of the sections.


From looking at the last three photos, the designers could have been trying to use the monochrome technique by just using different variations of one color. Just from looking a the image above you can get a sense of where the designers were trying to go. If you look at it, you can see how they one color as a way to indicate what region tied to that section. The first image gives you a sense of how they used color as a separation tool. What’s interesting about the picture of the map is, if you look at the image below you can see the correlation between the two. The map shows each region is broken up by color, and the image below shows you the other separation tool that is used to help the reader find a specific section.

Alan Taylor Jr.

My real name is Alan Taylor Jr., but I go by the name Alan Junior. I was born in raised in the City of Rochester. I am currently in enrolled in graduate school at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. My major is Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism. I have a strong passion for graphic design, photography, videography, traveling, filming, and storytelling. One question that's asked by everyone is, is there a story behind the number 10? The story behind the number 10 is... When most people see my name for the first time, they don't realize that the "X" represents the number 10.