The specimen book that stood out from the class was Gill Sans by Sarah Tucker. Not only did she go above and beyond with the amount of pages that were required but the booklet was carefully designed.
She created patterns using the word “Gill Sans” which is clever; she also created pages with eye catching words that give a feel for the font with a few words emphasized by color. Her use of color for the entire booklet is well thought out, the use of yellow and salmon gives the booklet a pop and modern feel. She gives just the right amount of information (history, character sets, family, different leading, etc.) without over loading the reader with unnecessary information.
The only suggestion I have is to provide a table of contents or something similar, so the reader knows exactly where in the book a specific element is located. Overall, the specimen book is successful.