As I was writing the text for the book, to keep in the flow, I simply would put (example here) or some sort of marker so I knew to go back and add or find an illustration. This certainly kept me writing-zone, but then the time came to round-up all the charts and graphs to better explain the text. I create most of these in Illustrator and handed them off to the Five Simple Steps team to clean-up and match the in-house style.
In these last few weeks we have been laying out the copy-editted text and finding a few “example here” notes that needed to be illustrated. So I’ve been diligently combing through my files and sending off the missing graphics.
Just for fun, I pulled one of the proof PDF files into Photoshop to make thumbnails of the pages. As you can see, the 60+ pages have an abundance of illustrations. I didn’t realize just how many there were until I saw all the pages next to each other. Not to mention this is just Section 4, there are 5 sections in total, each one with copious amounts of graphics. It would be great if no two pages were identical in this book due to the illustrations!
If I haven’t killed the Five Simple Steps team with my spelling mistakes and grammar edits, all these illustrations might just finish them off!
All the hard work focusing on the graphics really help advance the story as well as improve understanding by slowly building-up examples and walking you through the whole process.