Book design services

We offer a complete book design, illustration and production service, from manuscript to printer’s specification. We are knowledgeable about page layout, grid systems, image structures, typography, stylesheets and material considerations like colour accuracy, paper and binding. We analyse your content and then optimise it to what it needs to do. Using software from Adobe, Quark and Office, we strive for appealing books and high user‑productivity, valuing books as physical, functional and sensory objects. We enhance the graphic communication of your content, making the book enjoyable to use, and something people want to invest in.

Take them on an interesting journey

Types of books we design

  • 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.

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

Client

Royal Museums Greenwich.

Project title

Icons: The Armada portrait.

Book type

Art, history.

Services

Book design + Typographic design + Typesetting + Corrections + Paper selection support.

About the client

1 of the top-10 visitor attractions in the U.K. dedicated to enriching people’s understanding of the sea, space, and Britain’s role in world history.

Client’s needs

The book gives an overview of the context, creation and significance of the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, that 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 design or template to use.

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

Outline of what we did

We researched into the subject, content and time period, that we reflected and echoed in the design. In collaboration with the client, we designed a modern and subject respectful concept for the book, playing on the past and the present using a sans serif and serif typeface. Bright modern colours were used that would appeal to the book’s readers, and the design is not too overly stylised and has an open and easy feel. The main body text typeface size was larger than normal, for better legibility for people with ageing eyesight. We used thicker than normal paper, to prevent large printed image areas from showing through and affecting the information on the reverse side. We amended all corrections from the editors. The result is a book fit for old and new readers.

3 main improvements for them

  • Subject and content respectful concept for past and present audiences and readers.
  • Near 100% colour accuracy match between the exported PDF and printed book.
  • Improved layout of content in a sequential movie-like way, with engaging text and figure structures.

Details

Pages: 80Page size: width 155mm × height 206mmInside paper: Arctic Matt, white, 170g/m², Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved.

Works well for a wide audience and age-range

Client

Home Pet Check.

Project title

Dog examination guidebook.

Book type

Veterinary, medical, pets.

Services

Book cover design + Book design + Text editorial standardisation + Corrections + Typographic design + Typesetting + Paper selection support.

About the client

Publisher of guidebooks on pets and animals.

Client’s needs

They came to us with a Word document that had basic default formatting and 85 commissioned medical illustrations. They needed a how-to instructional guidebook designing to help dog owners check the health of their dogs, to catch problems earlier before consulting a vet, and to enable even better immediate dog health. It needed to work well for a wide-range of people.

Photograph of the front cover from top down diagonally. Shows a dark blue rectangle at the top with the publisher’s logo, the below that on a light blue background, and man crouched down examining a dog with a stethoscope

Image of a double page spread from inside the book, on the left is a descriptions of the parts referred to on the right page, which shows a dog side-on then arrows points to various different parts

Image of an inside spread showing a blank page on the left, then a chapter head at the top on the right (Orthopaedic), a heading 2 below, then typical body text and a bullet point

Shows a double page spread, an image of a dog above and below then the same on the right page. Shows sequence arrows of how to move a dogs leg

Outline of what we did

We started by going through the content, seeing what information types, hierarchies and devices the information needed. We then designed 3 different guidebook designs, designing the main parts and pages for the client to go through and give feedback on. A final design was chosen and we worked on placing-in information, laying-it-out and making the text and image structures work well. We helped with organising parts of the book that needed more thought and work, like putting in a contents page, and designing a range of different ideas for the front cover. We proofread the client’s content introducing a strict editorial style, then corrected issues. The body text size is also quite a lot larger than normal because of the increased chance of using the guidebook at distance, or reading it when laid down on a table. We carefully reviewed the economy of information on pages, as to not allow too much white space on pages (so it does not appear as if there is not enough information) or to allow not enough white space (so it does not appear as if there is too much information). The binding uses plastic coil binding, that is highly desirable as many dog owners would want to put the guidebook down on a table as they examine their dog at the same time. Hot melt glue binding (perfect bound) would most probably not lie flat on the table and be much more difficult to use… We also advised using thicker than normal paper, to prevent show-through and to slightly bulk-up the guidebook. We supplied printer‑ready files, with no hassle for the client, and reduced the chance of problems when printing.

3 main improvements for them

  • Highly legible and accessible typography, that is larger than normal for increased usability when read at distance.
  • Managed the design, production, editorial correction amendments, author requests, and setup for the printer, all in 1 place with no need for other suppliers.
  • A total guidebook graphic communication system, to house, explain and structure the information and different parts, with support, advice and customer service at every stage.

Details

Pages: 98A5: width 148mm × height 210mmInside paper: off-white (unknown), silk, 170g/m².

Fresh, functional and factual (WOOF! WOOF!)

Client

Project Gutenberg.

Project title

Political and literary essays 1908–1913 by the Earl of Cromer.

Book type

Political, autobiographical.

Services

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

About the client

A library of over 60,000 free online books, based in Salt Lake City, America.

Client’s needs

The content was supplied as default Word documents and featured: main chapter headings, 2 levels of subheadings, quoted extracts, and Greek passages of text. They needed their content designing and making into a physical book.

Before our redesign.

Image of an inside spread showing too tight leading and a generic boring apprearence, before our redesign

After our redesign.

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

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Image of a spread sShowing index pages in 2 columns, with entry lists

Outline of what we did

We designed a content relevant and solid concept for the cover, insides, binding and paper. We handled the use of Greek passages of text, in an in‑keeping way to the main body text typeface. The Greek typeface used also supports Unicode, which was essential because the book at some stage would also be supplied in a HTML format. We designed a book that would allow an effortless, quick and streamlined reading experience. We used a bright acidic yellow colour for the cover that respects the author and content within the book, and gives a nice modern interpretation. The client had hardly anything to do, except monitor the various aspects of the project.

3 main improvements for them

  • Elegant typographic design and whole book design concept that respects and enhances the book’s subject and author.
  • Typographic design that enables an effortless and streamlined reading experience, and better structures the book’s different typographical parts.
  • Decreased staff time needed in the office to produce the book.

Details

Pages: 216Page size: width 160mm × height 225mmInside paper: Think Warm, 100g/m², 50% recycled.

Modern alpha refined respect

Client

User Design, Illustration and Typesetting (us).

Project title

Punctuation..?

Book type

Writing style guide, educational, reluctant teenage readers, picture book.

Services

Book cover design + Book design + Freehand illustration + Typographic design + Typesetting + Paper selection support.

Client’s needs

We designed, illustrated and produced the 1st edition of this book, and some years later decided it was worth another go. The 1st edition was a good start, but the design needed optimising, more illustrations were needed, and the paper, printing and binding could be improved.

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

Outline of what we did

We wanted to make a short book to communicate the importance of understanding punctuation to young people, and more specifically for reluctant teenage readers. So we designed, illustrated, typeset and produced this clean and airy book. We used a very fresh, smooth and nice-to-touch light cream paper, and 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 80 times.

Awards

3 main improvements for them

  • Cohesive and precise management of the design, editing, illustration, paper, binding, printing, distribution, marketing, and promotion.
  • A book that actually speaks to reluctant teenage readers, says something meaningful to them, and relates the information to them in a real-world context.
  • Decreased the chance of failure due to laying-out the information in a compelling and user-friendly way.

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Details

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

Less miscommunication more real-world chatting

3 results of a book designed by us

 1 Your readers will absorb and learn more of your content, creating a more meaningful and successful user experience.

 2 More perceived product value to potential customers. Good book designs get bought, are cherished and increase sales.

 3 Graphic communication design that further describes, illuminates, enhances and enriches your content. Enable users to read more.

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