The design direction for The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence at Work by Tom Peters set out to reflect Tom’s energy in a sophisticated, muscular way. One of the main challenges with this project was to make very spirited and atypical content fit into the form of a traditional hardcover business book. It was also important to provide styles — with clearly-defined elements and typographic hierarchy for chapters, sidebars, special sections, and more — that Harper Studio/Harper Collins could apply to well over 500 pages once the direction with samples pages was provided. All in all, the result is a very thick book packed with Tom’s insight and enthusiasm for what boils down to very doable ways to pursue Excellence (with a capital E) in all that you do.
The book’s endpapers outline Tom’s “19 Es of Excellence” and a companion poster was also designed to provide a good reminder for an office wall.
More information about the book is available on tompeters.com.
Read the tompeters.com Cool Friends interview where Erik Hansen and Joy Panos Stauber talk about design in general and the design of the The Little BIG Things here.