Book cover design services

We design creative concepts and book covers using typography, photography, illustration and graphic communication. Based on your requirements and the book’s needs, we can design a selection of different designs, then edit, fine-tune, and set it up to the printer’s specification. We aim to emphasise the issues and essence of the book, creating an interesting and desirable 1st encounter.

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We do

  • Full colour book cover design.
  • Series book cover design and branding.
  • Literal and lateral concepts.
  • Photography and image research.
  • Illustration.
  • Hand-drawn lettering.
  • Unique covers that stand-out in a crowded uncreative market.

Below is a selection of projects to give you an idea, of just some of the projects we have worked on.

A large thick yellow handdrawn chalk arrow pointing down
Academic/higher education book cover design and setup example 1, photograph of woman reading
Academic/higher education book cover design and setup example 2, photograph of a man using a digital device
Academic/higher education book cover design and setup example 3, photograph of a woman reading a book

Client

Proactive Books.

Project title

1: Developing adult literacy and language, 2: Digital media, culture and education, 3: Books, new media and audiences: New perspectives.

Book type

Higher education, academic.

Services

Book cover design + Photo research and editing + Typographic design.

About the client

Well researched and thorough academic scholarly publishing company, connecting people with knowledge. Based in Europe, but publishing for a worldwide audience.

Client’s needs

This academic publisher needed typical academic book covers designing. They needed new ideas, concepts and design input.

Outline of what we did

We designed creative, clear and clean book covers and researched photographs to use, and discussed them with the client. The aim was for relevant, specific and desirable book covers that were different from what was already available in bookshops. The covers also need to work well when shown at smaller sizes, in electronic environments.

3 main improvements for them

  • Designed professional book covers for professional readers.
  • Fresh, relevant and appealing use of colour.
  • Designed book covers that highlight and emphasise key topics within the book.
Higher levels of attention
Series book cover design, sport, football
Series book cover design, sport, tennis
Series book cover design, sport, golf
Series book cover design, sport, cricket

Client

Arena Publishers.

Project title

A complete guide to series: 1: Football, 2: Tennis, 3: Golf, 4: Cricket.

Book type

Sport, reference.

Services

Book cover design + Technical illustration + Typographic design.

About the client

Founded in 1996, they publish high-quality gift and novelty books aiming to take readers on exciting journeys.

Client’s needs

The publisher needed a series of book covers setting-up and designing for their A complete guide to series of sports guides.

Outline of what we did

The client wanted book cover designs for quite a specific series of books, which we handled in a precise and consistent way. The simple looking precise pictogram illustrations have a surprisingly powerful impact and effect which encourage picking‑up the book, and are easy to do for other books in the series.

3 main improvements for them

  • Designed a book cover series system and identity.
  • Precise alignment and position of repeated series elements across all book covers, the books’ spines, and front covers, so they align well on a bookshelf horizontally.
  • Appealing, active and interesting pictogram illustrations.
Designed a series of precise shots

Fiction book cover design example 1, photograph of front cover and endpaper design

 

Client

Invisible Books.

Project title

Upon the distinction between the ashes of various tobaccos.

Book type

Fiction, literary fiction.

Services

Book cover design + Scanning + Typographic design + Paper selection support.

About the client

Small independent publishing house that publish a range of books which do not fit anywhere else.

Client’s needs

The publisher needed a book cover for this conceptually interesting fiction book.

Outline of what we did

We worked with the illustrator that the client selected, delivering a content-fitting and relevant book cover design, which is very suggestive and leaves a lot for the reader to work out and decide. We scanned in the illustrator’s artwork, allowing it to be reproduced in the best graphic and technical form. We also utilised and respected some unusual qualities of the original artwork, like the raw edge of the unframed painting on the inside cover flaps, and the visibleness of the illustrator’s brush strokes on the canvas.

3 main improvements for them

  • Designed a book cover specifically for the book’s market and intended buyers, increasing the chance of sales.
  • Near 100% colour accuracy match from the exported PDF and printed book cover.
  • Subtle and suggestive book cover concept, fitting for the book’s intended readers.
Created an interesting fragrant environment

Academic/higher education book cover design example 3, photograph of people on a couch talking

Client

McGraw-Hill Education.

Project title

Communicating with children and their families.

Book type

Higher education, academic.

Services

Book cover design + Technical illustration + Typographic design.

About the client

1 of the big 3 worldwide educational publishers.

Client’s needs

They needed a book cover designing for this social sciences book and wanted to use the same illustration style and feel, as a previous book they had published.

Outline of what we did

We initially provided about 5 different book cover designs for the publisher to consider and choose from. Fresh bright colours were used to lift it out of being treated in a typically generic and lifeless way, and we used typefaces from the publisher’s approved list. Our book cover design, avoided the typically dull and market constrained treatment that book covers in this area, usually receive.

3 main improvements for them

  • Use of colours that appeal to a wide-range of people.
  • Increased appeal beyond how this category of book is typically designed and communicated in the market.
  • Increased the chance of sales.
Helped them to relate

Art/photography book cover design, New York 1930s

Client

Invisible Books.

Project title

1930s New York.

Book type

History, documentary.

Services

Book cover design + Photo research and editing + Typographic design.

About the client

Small independent publishing house that publish a range of books which do not fit anywhere else.

Client’s needs

The publisher was producing a thick volume on the city of New York with 26 essays and a large number of old photographs.

Outline of what we did

We showed-off and emphasised the content and photography, letting it speak for itself. The typeface used was in-keeping for the time period of the book, and the title on the spine can be seen from a long distance away, for example when slotted into a bookshelf, in a bookshop.

3 main improvements for them

  • A book cover design concept that acts as a window into the content inside.
  • Increased the legibility of the book’s title on the spine, to a viewing distance of 7 metres away for people with good eyesight.
  • Typographic research and design that reflects the book’s time period.
Showed their readers around New York

Persephone series book cover production, photograph of a series of their book cover showing the spines

Client

Persephone Books.

Project title

(Many in the series.)

Book type

Fiction.

Services

Series book cover production + Scanning + Typesetting.

About the client

Neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-20th century mostly women writers. All their books are intelligent and thought‑provoking, and are chosen to appeal to busy people, wanting books that are neither too literary nor too commercial.

Client’s needs

The client needed book covers sorting out, artwork scanning in, and then setup and sent to the printer in Germany.

Outline of what we did

The publisher had a very elegant and restrained book cover series design already setup, which had been utilised for many previous books. We provided design and technical knowledge, with little worry for the client. The final artwork was sent to the printer in Germany and was setup correctly for them. We scanned in new artwork for bookmarks and book cover flaps, with accurate colour and reproduction quality.

3 main improvements for them

  • Decreased book cover production hassle and worry for the client.
  • Decreased the client’s time needed in the office to setup book covers.
  • Decreased the chance of errors, problems and production down-time before printing, because of our successful project management.
Elegant solutions

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 1 cover: Number skills, shows a man driving in a fast car to a nice apartment

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 2 cover: Calculator skills, shows a person wondering what to do with a calculator, then he is sitting ontop of the world

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 3 cover: Number patterns, shows a DJ in a booth selecting a record, then people are dancing to the music

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 4 cover: Shape and symmetry, shows a person with his arms and legs spread out then a star over his body showing symmetry

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 5 cover: Perimeter, area and volume, shows a person sitting in classroom looking up at a plane in the sky. Back cover shows a person designing a plane on a drawing board

Photograph of all 5 workbook covers at a 45 degree fan angle sequence. GCSE secondary educational mathematics textbook cover design

Client

University publishing research department.

Project title

Workbooks: 1: Number skills, 2: Calculator skills, 3: Number patterns, 4: Shape and symmetry, 5: Perimeter, area and volume.

Book type

Secondary GCSE educational.

Services

Plain English + Book cover design + Book design + Technical illustration + Freehand illustration + Typesetting + Typographic design + Design of practical activities (paper construction exercise and helpful calculator function card) + Paper selection support.

About the client

Post-graduate publishing research department within 1 of the world’s leading universities.

Client’s needs

The question was asked for the cover designs: what do we say and how can we communicate with teenagers in an interesting and relevant way, about perceived boring subjects, like maths?

Outline of what we did

We used meaningful colours in relation to the title and subject of the mathematical workbooks, and designed a highly appealing overall graphic communication design and identity, that many young people are likely to enjoy and accept. We used a very modern and cool typeface throughout, to improve motivation and the appeal of the text. We provided hard‑hitting and relevant illustrations for young people, that actually speaks to them and says something meaningful. (We also designed the insides of these workbooks and images are available upon request.)

User feedback

  • GCSE student: ‘It [the design] gives it a 2nd chance’.
  • A teacher: ‘On the verge of brilliance’.

3 main improvements for them

  • Concept design that does something different than what is normal, typical, and expected.
  • Meaningful use of colour linked to the mathematical workbooks’ subject and area.
  • Series of workbook covers that actually speak to teenagers, says something meaningful, and relates the information to them in a real-world context.
Helped the client speak better, and helped their users apply it to their own lives

3 results of a book cover designed by us

 1 Book covers that fulfils your project requirements and impresses your users.

 2 Appealing book cover designs that have more chance of being picked‑up, chosen, used and bought.

 3 Interesting, relevant and meaningful concepts, communicating interest and desirability.

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