The Glorious Masterworks of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
Bringing an untold history to life
Labor of love
The Glorious Masterworks of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral features the stained glass windows and other religious artwork in Kansas City’s Episcopal Cathedral. The project grew, over many months of planning and design, into a pair of beautiful volumes which have received many rave reviews in religion and art history communities around the world.
Putting the pieces together
The greatest design challenge was finessing a layout that could effectively house 560 pages of fascinating history and 895 photographs in various stages of quality and resolution. In addition to design, TCD handled all aspects of production, printing, publishing, and promotion.
Bringing history into focus
Creative Director Ron Michka shot the cover photo and the full-page stained glass window photos featured in the books. TCD staff assisted with photography, retouching, cropping, color correction, and positioning of the hundreds of historic photos throughout both volumes.
Capturing a complete view
High-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging was used to represent the magnificent colors in the windows more fully and
more beautifully than a standard photograph.
Tailoring the text
Typography was a crucial element which needed to be versatile, yet traditional, to reflect the book’s historical character.
Sizing of photo captions, credits, and footnotes were carefully crafted to ensure print readability.
Intentional use of OpenType features added a refined, customized detail to the book.
TCD designed unabridged and abridged editions of this book, both offered in a softcover format, and one unabridged in hardcover.