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

BMC.

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.

How did we fix a few of the client’s problems?

  • We improved typographic legibility, readability and page layout through a bolder and larger body typeface size choice 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, for much easier referring.
  • Improved, stronger and more in-keeping use of publisher’s corporate identity and branding for this book and subsequent titles.

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 project.

Title

Workbook 1: Number skills.

Workbook 2: Calculator skills (with helpful calculator card).

Workbook 3: Number patterns.

Workbook 4: Shape and symmetry.

Workbook 5: Perimeter, area and volume (with practical activity sheet).

Book type

Series of 5 GCSE mathematical workbooks.

Input

Plain English rewriting/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 research and sourcing.

Feedback

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

Details

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

How did we fix a few of the client’s problems?

  • We designed a highly appealing overall graphic communication design and identity that many young people are likely to enjoy and accept.
  • Very modern and cool typeface used throughout to improve motivation and appeal of text.
  • We provided hard-hitting and relevant illustrations and photography for young people that actually speaks to them and says something meaningful. We also researched potential photographs to use and discussed with the client.
  • We edited all the text content in clear/plain English, making the text content understandable to the widest user range.

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. Image of contents 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.

How did we fix a few of the client’s problems?

  • We designed a content relevant and solid whole book design and concept (cover, insides, binding, printing, 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.
  • The client had hardily anything to do except monitor 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.

How did we fix a few of the client’s problems?

  • We handled the whole inside book design, illustration, typesetting and corrections in an appealing way, giving the publisher little to do.
  • Very legible and easy-to-read typographic design.
  • The book was setup and provided to the printer’s specification accurately.

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

Published by User Design.

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.

Buy

Available from up-to-date bookshops, Waterstones or direct from the distributor Central Books. Visit our books’ webpage for more information and to order.

Award

Runner-up in the ‘Environmental’ category in the British Book Design and Production Awards competition 2012.

How did we fix a few of the client’s problems?

  • We wanted to make a short book to communicate the importance of understanding punctuation to young people. 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.

Educational/school textbook design, illustration and typesetting. Image of inside spread

Educational/school textbook design, illustration and typesetting. Image of inside spread

Educational/school GCSE mathematics textbook design, illustration and typesetting. Image of inside spread 2

Client

Collins Education (proposal).

Title

Intermediate Mathematics for GCSE.

Book type

Secondary educational, school textbook.

Input

Complex educational (secondary) textbook design, technical and freehand illustration, and mathematical typesetting.

Details

4 column layout. Pages: 570. Page size: width 193mm × height 265mm. Paper: unknown, 90g/m².

How did we fix a few of the client’s problems?

  • We introduced an illustrated section at the top of opening chapter pages, with illustrations that use and relate the chapter topic to young people.
  • We used a typeface that was really modern, fresh and appealing to help young readers feel motivated when reading this monstrous textbook. The typeface also supported all mathematical symbols needed.
  • For technical diagrams, graphs and charts, we setup a template and style to make these illustrations easy to do and consistent, which also saved a lot of time in the typesetting stage.

3 results of good 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.