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Intelligent graphic design for scholars can be manifest in many forms. Some are discrete pieces — a precision technical illustration, for example. Often discrete pieces are themselves part of a set that must be stylistically coherent — a set of maps for a published article, or a set of technical drawings for a textbook, for example. At their most intricate, intelligent graphic designs for scholars are themselves large, comprehensive works composed of complex, interrelated text and illustrative graphic components — books, monographs, and websites, for example. The links at left lead to examples of the range of works that have been produced by MetaGlyfix.
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(For step-by-step views of how clients’ sketches and ideas become the finished works, see the real case studies at the Intelligent Solutions area of this site.)


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to top book design and production

cover spread thumbnail: On The Sunny SideOn The Sunny Side: The Danbury Mad Hatter Chorus, 1966–2016. Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox. Published by Danbury, Connecticut, Mad Hatter Chorus (2017). [x + 125 pp.; 27 photographs, many full color] Design and production. [back and front covers

cover spread thumbnail: Golf at YaleGolf at Yale: The Players, The Teams, The Course. John A. Godley and William W. Kelly. Published by Marvelwood Press, New Haven, Connecticut (2009). [xiv + 259 pp.; 154 illustrations, most full color] Design and production, including cover. [back and front covers | typical interior spread]

thumbnail cover spread: Japan and the WorldJapan and the World: Japan’s Contemporary Geopolitical Challenges; In Honor of the Memory and Intellectual Legacy of Asakawa Kan’ichi. Edited by Masaru Kohno and Frances Rosenbluth. Yale CEAS Occasional Publications, vol. 2. Published by Yale University Council on East Asian Studies (2008). [xvi + 294 pp.; 12 illustrations; 6 tables] Design and production, including original cover design. [back and front covers | spread containing isolated Japanese words in a Japanese font]

to topYale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph Series

. . . since 1994, design and production of the series of scholarly monographs published by the Yale University Council on Southeast Asia Studies. Beginning in August 2010 the SEAS monographs have been redesigned for on-demand digital printing. Readers will notice a more versatile typeface for the text chapters and full-color covers. In 2018, SEAS expects to publish its first Kindle version of the most recent print monograph.

Sacred Cosmos thumbnailNEW — Published July 2018: SEAS #66 — Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam, Bernard Adeney-Risakotta. (2016).
[xviii + 408 pp. = 426 pp.; 3 illustrations, 29 tables]. Design, typography, and production by MetaGlyfix. [back and front covers]

Octobrists thumbnailPublished August 2016: SEAS #65 — The Rise of the Octobrists in Contemporary Thailand: Power and Conflict Among Former Left-Wing Student Activists in Thai Politics, Kanokrat Lertchoosakul. (2016).
[xx + 314 pp. = 334 pp.; 3 illustrations, 6 tables]. Design, typography, and production by MetaGlyfix. [back and front covers]

Gold thumbnailPublished April 2015: SEAS #64 — Gold in Southeast Asia, Ruth Barnes, Emma Natalya Stein, and Benjamin Diebold, editors. (2015).
[xviii + 290 pp. = 308 pp.; 130 illustrations (125 photographs, 3 tables, 2 maps)]. Design, typography, and production by MetaGlyfix. [back and front covers]

Barnes thumbnailPublished December 2013: SEAS #63 — Excursions into Eastern Indonesia: Essays on History and Social Life, R.H. Barnes. (2013).
[xiv + 398 pp. = 412 pp.; 49 illustrations (44 photographs, 5 line drawings, 3 tables); 8 maps]. Design, typography, and production by MetaGlyfix. [back and front covers]

Herriman thumbnailPublished October 2012: SEAS #62 — The Entangled State: Sorcery, State Control, and Violence in Indonesia, Nicholas Herriman. (2012).
[xviii + 174 pp. = 192 pp.; 2 illustrations; 1 table]. Design, typography, and production by MetaGlyfix. [back and front covers]

Published December 2011: SEAS #61 — Allegories of the Vietnamese Past: Unification and the Production of a Modern Historical Identity, Wynn Wilcox. (2011).
[x + 212 pp.; 8 illustrations]. Design, typography, and production by MetaGlyfix. This volume includes fonts and characters in Vietnamese. [back and front covers |  spread showing an illustration and Vietnamese text | spread showing Chinese and VIetnamese passages]

Published summer 2011: SEAS #60 — Anarchic Solidarity: Autonomy, Equality, and Fellowship in Southeast Asia, Thomas Gibson and Kenneth Sillander, editors. (2011). [x + 312 pp.; 3 tables, 3 maps, 5 illustrations]. Design, typography, illustrations, and production by MetaGlyfix. [back and front covers |  spread containing a map | spread containing two illustrations]

Published summer 2010: SEAS #59 — Renunciation and Power: The Quest for Sainthood in Contemporary Burma, Guillaume Rozenberg, translated from the French by Jessica Hackett. (2010). [xiv + 182 pp.; 1 map, 1 illustration] Design, typography, illustrations, and production by MetaGlyfix. [back and front covers | spread containing pasages of Burmese text in a Burmese font]

Earlier SEAS volumes in print:

#58 Quimpo cover #57 Thien cover #56 Conklin cover
    • #58 [back and front covers], Contested Democracy and the Left in the Philippines after Marcos, Nathan Gilbert Quimpo (2008)
    • #57 [back and front covers] and [sample spread], Hoa Lo/Hanoi Hilton Stories, Nguyen Chi Thien (2007)
    • #56 [back and front covers], Fine Description: Ethnographic and Linguistic Essays, Harold C. Conklin; edited by Joel Kuipers and Ray McDermott (2007)
    • #55 [back and front covers], Beyond Suspicion? The Singapore Judiciary, Francis T. Seow (2006). Foreword by Gary Woodard
    • #54 [back and front covers], Conserving Nature in Culture: Case Studies from Southeast Asia, Michael R. Dove, Percy E. Sajise, and Amity A. Doolittle, eds. (2005)
    • #53 [back and front covers], Seeds of Knowledge: The Beginning of Integrated Pest Management in Java, Yunita Triwardani Winarto (2004)
    • #52 [back and front covers], Founders’ Cults in Southeast Asia: Ancestors, Polity, and Identity, Nicola Tannenbaum and Cornelia Ann Kammerer, eds. (2003)
    • #51 [back and front covers], Tribes of the North Thailand Frontier, Jane Richardson Hanks and Lucien Mason Hanks (2001)
    • #50 [back and front covers], Heaven Becomes Hell, by Ly Y; edited by John S. Driscoll (2000).
    • #49, [back and front covers] The 1988 Uprising in Burma, by Dr. Maung Maung (1999)
    • #48, [back and front covers] Bugis Navigation, by Gene Ammarell (1999) [xiv + 300 pp; 8 maps, including 4 oversized maps in separate pocket; 23 original illustrations; 15 tables of data; appendix; bibliography of references; index]. Read what a reviewer said about the figures, tables, and maps.
    • #47 [back and front covers], Merchants and Migrants: Ethnicity and Trade among Yunnanese chinese in Southeast Asia, by Ann Maxwell Hill (1998)
    • #46 [back and front covers] and [sample spread], Indigenous Peoples and the State: Politics, Land, and Ethnicity in the Malayan Peninsula and Borneo, Robert L. Winzeler, ed. (1997)
    • #45 [back and front covers] and [sample spread], Merit and Blessing in Mainland Southeast Asia in Comparative Perspective, Cornelia Ann Kammerer and Nicola Tannenbaum, eds. (1996)
    • #44 [back and front covers], State Power and Culture in Thailand, E. Paul Durrenberger, ed. (1996)
    • #43 [back and front covers], Being Modern in Bali: Image and Change, Adrian Vickers, ed. (1996)
    • #42 [back and front covers], To Catch a Tartar: A Dissident in Lee Kuan Yew’s Prison, by Francis T. Seow (1994)
    • #40 [sample spread], Islamic Peasants and the State, by Ken Young (1994)
    • #39 [sample spreads], International Commercial Rivalry in Southeast Asia in the Interwar Period, Shinya Sugiyama and Milagros C. Guerrero, eds. (1994)

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to top website design and construction

    • Pig Out — Hogs and Humans in Global and Historical Context — a new website (2015) and a new domain ( for an international conference on the Pig, held at Yale University in the fall of 2015. It is (of course) built to the latest web standards (CSS3 and HTML5) and responsive to mobile and desktop devices.
    • Independent Journal of Burmese Scholarship — the domain ( and website of the Independent Journal of Burmese Scholarship. It is built to the latest web standards (CSS3 and HTML5) and responsive to mobile and desktop devices. The site utilizes webfonts in English and in Burmese script and will eventually be handed over to Journal administration in Yangon, Burma/Myanmar.
    • Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue — website built for a world conference held at Yale University in September 2013. Visually, the website was a part of the site of the Yale Program in Agrarian Studies site. This site was built to current web standards (CSS3 and HTML5) and is responsive to mobile and desktop devices.
    • Newly reconstructedYale University Program in Agrarian Studies [opens in new window] — official website of the Agrarian Studies program. MetaGlyfix designed the Program’s first website in 1998, and recently rebuilt the site to the latest web standards (CSS3 and HTML5). The new design preserves much of the original site’s familiar appearance, but under the hood is leaner and easier to maintain. In fact, site maintenance was turned over to Program staff in 2013. (See also Agrarian Studies cosmetic makeover for an alternate proposed design for the site.)
    • Designed, Fall 2009 (for maintenance by client): Personal/professional website of Jacob S. Hacker , Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science and Resident Fellow, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, at Yale University [opens in new window]
    • Now archived: Personal/professional website of Dr. Amity Doolittle, Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies [opens in new window]
    • Now offline: TRI, the Tropical Resources Institute, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies — redesign and reconstruction of the TRI website that included reorganizing material, updating links, and reworking the look and the graphics without altering the TRI themes and colors. The site is mangaged by TRi staff.
    • The Chicken [opens in new window] — sitelet for an international conference at Yale University, May 2002
    • Yale Agrarian Studies graduate seminar website — access is restricted, but the syllabus can be viewed at: [opens in new window]
    • Agrarian Studies 2000 Conference — contains information for the general public plus a private, password-protected section for invited conferees only, where they can access official conference materials and download papers
    • Las Cruces High School Band Reunion — a tribute to Gregg Randall [opens in new window], 1998

to top technical illustrations (some samples)

    • illustrations for books and journals in the social sciences, such as this simple example or this more artistic chart, both from published books
    • illustrations in physics journals
    • illustrations from a set for a chemistry text
    • Gesamtsystem — original illustration describing Yale’s first integrated online grant and fellowship program [opens in new window] 

to top maps, for web and for high-resolution print publication

    • Three grayscale maps for scholarly publication, showing the author’s original sketches or sources and the finished maps, including one as published in a journal.
    • A grayscale map of Central Kalimantan, prepared for an anthology, in three presentations:
      1. as prepared for proofing by author
      2. as laid out in the printed volume, at 50% scale
      3. as laid out in the printed volume, at full scale
    • Full-color street map of a portion of New Haven, Connecticut, and the Yale University campus, in smaller and larger versions, for the Yale Program in Agrarian Studies website [open in new windows]
    • Three grayscale maps (published 1998) in “before” and “after” versions
      1. Contemporary Northern Thailand [before] and [after]
      2. Caravan Routes, late 19th century [before] and [after]
      3. Sipsongpana and adjacent Tai areas, late 19th century [before] and [after]
    • A unique rendering of a line drawing/sketch for a dissertation that combines grayscale, patterns, and line drawing, before and after versions
    • Four grayscale maps [to be posted sometime, maybe], from the author’s sketches, for The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979, by Ben Kiernan, Yale University Press (1995), in “before” and “after” version 

to top business forms

View full-size PDF versions of stationery to see the typographic detail:

  • Yale University Council on Latin American Studies — letterhead
  • Personal/professional letterhead and envelope (back and front) for the late Professor Wm. N. Parker 

to top posters, flyers, logo design; identity projects

Thematically related designs and templates for the Tropical Resources Institute (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies):

to top assorted digital graphics in support of any of the above

A vector drawing for a recently published scholarly monograph. It came about because of a common circumstance, where an author had a drawing he had used in the past, however:

  • the drawing needed a few corrections or updates
  • text would not be clearly legible at reproduction size
  • the drawing was not of a quality that would reproduce to the standards of the new publication nor was it stylistically compatible with the monograph

While the original drawing could have been digitally touched up, by far the better and least expensive solution was to make a new vector drawing. This drawing incorporates technical illustration with typography; custom glyphs are incorporated in the font.

Four sample original graphics (of many) to illustrate a coroprate report

to top index compilations, concordances

Generation of a concordance (as an index) from word and phrase lists supplied by the author or from proper names compiled by MetaGlyfix for the Yale University Southeast Asia Studies monograph series (see above) volumes #42 (Francis T. Seow), #46 (Robert L. Winzler), #47 (Ann Maxwell Hill), 48 (Gene Ammarell), and #49 (Maung Maung).

(Note: Incorporating a concordance by MetaGlyfix can be an economical way for a scholar or publisher to add a useful index to a publication. It can be produced more quickly than one created conventionally by a professional indexer. The concordance usually requires only a minimal amount of editing by the author or editor before it is ready to be typeset.)

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