Book design services

We offer a complete book design, illustration and production service, from manuscript to printer’s specification. We are very knowledgeable about page layout, grid systems, image structures, typography, stylesheets and material considerations (such as paper and binding). Using industry standard software from Adobe, Quark and Office, we strive for highly appealing books and high user productivity. We enhance the graphic communication of your content, making the book enjoyable to use and something people want to invest in. We can design a wide range of books:

  • Academic, medical, scientific, technical.
  • Children’s, teenage, young adult.
  • Design, art, cookery, photography, architecture.
  • Educational, revision guides, school textbooks, language learning.
  • Fiction, non-fiction, novels.
  • Large print.
  • Picture books.
  • Poetry.
  • Reference.

Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the front and spine. The cover uses metallic paper. Medical/scientific textbook cover design

Medical/scientific textbook design and complex academic typesetting, photograph of article title page

Medical/scientific textbook design and complex academic typesetting, photograph of a book spread 1

Medical/scientific textbook design and complex academic typesetting, image of a book spread 2 showing equations

Medical/scientific textbook design and complex academic typesetting, image of a book spread showing the grid layout and design

Medical/scientific textbook design and complex academic typesetting, image of a book spread showing the grid layout and colour images

Medical/scientific textbook design and complex academic typesetting, image of a book spread 4 showing references design

Client

BioMed.

Title

Medical Imaging, 5.

Book type

Medical, scientific.

Input

Book cover design, medical/scientific textbook design, page layout, complex academic typesetting, and paper research and sourcing.

Details

2 column layout based on 9 × 9 grid. Pages: 184. Page size: A4: width 210mm × height 297mm. Paper: Croxley Heritage Wove, ivory, 120g/m², 75% recycled.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

Their original design needed redesigning. The body typeface size was on the small side (around typical 8pt size), a single page was setup in 2 columns and heavily packed with information. Figures were also rarely on the same page as their 1st mention in the body text.

We improved typographic legibility, readability and page layout through a bolder and larger body typeface size and better use of white space, resulting in an improved reading experience. Figures and illustrations were always put as close to their main body text callout, usually on the same page, for much easier referring. We strengthened and applied the publisher’s corporate identity and branding in a more consistent and precise way, for this book and subsequent titles.

Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the front and spine. Yellow with painting by Elizabeth. History book

Photograph of the 1st main chapter with large white heading and yellow background

Photograph of a double page spread with image caption on the left with painting to right, then body text and a pull quote on the right page

Photograph of a double page spread, map on the left with 2 coin images on the right

Photograph of a double page spread with body text on the left and image caption, with a full bleed page on the right with large photo of Elizabeth

Spread of the index pages at the back, entries set in 2 columns

Client

Royal Museums Greenwich.

Title

Icons: The Armada Portrait.

Book type

History.

Input

Book design, page layout, typesetting, correction amendments, and colour reproduction support.

Details

2 column layout based on 9 × 9 grid. Pages: 80. Page size: width 155mm × height 206mm. Paper: Arctic Matt, white, 170g/m², Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The book gives an overview of the context, creation and significance of the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, which recently underwent a major conservation project. The publisher came to us with text content in default Word documents, along with a range of images. There was no previous style or template for this book.

Research was done into the subject, content and time period, which was reflected and echoed in the design. We designed in collaboration with the client, a modern, fresh, yet subject respectful concept for the book, playing on the past (centered alignment and serif typeface) and the present (ranged-left alignment and sans serif typeface) which would appeal to the book’s readers. A fitting yellow colour was also chosen. We amended all corrections from the editors. The design was not too over stylised and has an open and easy feel. The body text typeface size was larger than normal for better legibility for people with ageing eyesight, thick paper was also used with little show through. The result is a book fit for old and new readers.

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

GCSE secondary educational maths textbook design, illustration and typesetting. Photograph showing inside spread

GCSE secondary educational maths textbook design, illustration and typesetting. Photograph showing inside spread and pencil to fill out the workbook

GCSE secondary educational maths textbook design, illustration and typesetting. Image showing inside spread

GCSE secondary educational maths textbook design, illustration and typesetting. Image showing inside spread

Photograph showing the paper 3D exercise as a flat plan built into the back of the workbook. Then shows the 3D exercise made. Then a calculator card built into the back of another workbook

Client

University research project.

Title

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

Book type

GCSE mathematics.

Input

Plain English rewriting and editing, series book cover design, educational book design, technical and freehand illustration, typesetting, design of practical activities (paper construction exercise, and helpful calculator function card), and paper sourcing.

Details

2 column layout. Page size: A5: width 210mm × height 148.5mm. Pages: average 30. Paper: Think Warm, 100g/m², 50% recycled.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

There was no previous design to use or work from. The aim of this project was to explore what could be done in this stale area of publishing, and see what happens when you apply best principles from the area of information design (legible typography, clear language, best practice in graphic communication design, psychology, research, and so on).

We designed a highly appealing overall graphic communication design and identity that many young people are likely to enjoy and accept. A very modern and cool typeface was used throughout to improve motivation and appeal of the text. We provided hard-hitting and relevant illustrations and photography for young people, that actually speaks to them and says something meaningful. We edited all the text content in plain English, making the text content understandable to the widest user range.

Feedback

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

Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the bright yellow front and spine. Political/non-fiction book cover design

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Image of title page

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Photograph of chapter page

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Image of a spread 2 with Greek passages and text

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Photograph of main text spread

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Photograph of notes section at the back

Client

Project Gutenberg.

Title

Political and Literary Essays 1908–1913 by the Earl of Cromer.

Book type

Political, autobiographical.

Input

Book cover design, book design, page layout and typesetting, and paper research and sourcing.

Details

1 column layout with quotations in English and Greek. Page size: width 160mm × height 225mm. Pages: 216. Paper: Think Warm, 100g/m², 50% recycled.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The content was supplied as default Word documents and featured: main chapters headings, 2 levels of subheadings, quoted extracts, and Greek passages of text.

We designed a content relevant and solid whole book design and concept (cover, insides, binding, paper). We handled the use of Greek passages of text, in an in‑keeping way to the main body text typeface. The Greek typeface we used also supported Unicode, which was essential because the book at some stage, would be converted into an HTML environment. We designed a book that would allow an effortless, quick and streamlined reading experience. We used colours that respect the subject and author. The client had hardly anything to do, except monitor the various aspects of the project.

Photograph of the front cover of the book at a 45 degree angle. Education/management book design and typesetting

Education/management book design and typesetting. Image of inside spread (colophon and contents page)

Education/management book design and typesetting. Image of a chapter page

Education/management book design and typesetting. Image of a spread with photo integrated

Education/management book design and typesetting. Image of a spread with gridded photographs

Education/management book design and typesetting. Image of inside spread

Education/management book design and typesetting. Image of index spread

Client

Crown House Publishing.

Title

We Did It Here! Inspirational Stories of School Improvement and Classroom Change.

Book type

Education, management.

Input

Book design, page layout, corrections, technical illustration and typesetting.

Details

2 column layout. Pages: 262. Page size: Royal Octavo: width 156mm × height 234mm. Paper: unknown, 100g/m².

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The content was supplied in its raw form from the publisher. The book featured: main chapters headings, 2 levels of subheadings, quoted extracts, a 2nd type of quoted extract, various box and call-out devices, tables, heavily gridded and image-led pages, as well as the use of other typefaces to establish various different tones for different parts and text.

We handled the whole inside book design, illustration, typesetting and corrections in an appealing, solid and well thought-out way, giving the publisher little to do. The overall cohesion of the different parts: title page, content pages, chapter pages, main text pages, image gridded pages, boxed content, bibliography, and index, was designed in a precisely structured and authoritative way. The typographic design is easy-to-read and very legible. The book was setup and provided to the printer’s specification, which resulted in an accurate outcome and materialisation. The book’s graphic communication design has not dated and is still good, even 10 years later…

Punctuation..? book cover front photograph at a 45 degree angle, shows 2 people confused. Illustrated punctuation cartoon guide

Punctuation..? illustrated cartoon guide. Photograph of inside spread showing footballers

Punctuation..? illustrated cartoon guide. Photograph of inside spread

Client

User Design, Illustration and Typesetting (us).

Title

Punctuation..?

Book type

Informative, educational, picture book.

Input

Book cover design, book design, freehand illustration, typesetting, and paper research and sourcing.

Details

Pages: 36. Page size: width 148mm × height 220mm. Paper: Olin Recycled (70%) cream, 160g/m².

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Short description of what we did for the client and project

We designed, illustrated and produced the 1st edition of the book, and some years later, we decided it was worth another go. We produced this 2nd edition, which was much better designed, illustrated, produced, bound and printed.

We wanted to make a short book to communicate the importance of understanding punctuation to young people, and more specifically: reluctant teenage readers. So we designed, illustrated, typeset and produced this clean and airy book. We used a very fresh, clean and nice to touch light cream paper. We used squareback binding so the book lies flat without needing to be held down. People may use the book on a desk, and at the same time may want to write or refer to another book. This book has been mostly positively reviewed, more than 30 times.

Award

3 results of book design by us

  • Your users will understand, absorb and learn more of your content creating a meaningful and successful user experience.
  • More perceived added product value. Good book designs are cherished, get used many times and get bought.
  • Less time is needed by typesetting and production personnel because the book has been setup well with clear and robust stylesheets and guidelines.