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Book design

We offer a complete book design, illustration and production service, from manuscript to printer specification. We are very knowledgeable about page layout, grid systems, image structure, typography, stylesheets and material considerations (such as paper and binding). We use industry standard software from Adobe, Quark and Office, and 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 for publishers:

Medical/scientific textbook design book cover design. Photograph of the cover and binding

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

Medical/scientific textbook design and complex academic typesetting, image of a book spread 3

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 and complex academic typesetting.

PDF examples

Available upon request, contact.

Details

2 column layout based on 9 × 9 grid, superiors, references, Greek/mathematical/scientific symbols, equations, tables and illustrations. Pages: 184. Page size: A4: 210 × 297mm. Paper: Croxley Heritage Wove, ivory, 120g/m², 75% recycled.

GCSE secondary educational maths textbook design, illustration and typesetting. Photograph all 5 workbook covers and activity examples

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

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/clear language rewriting/editing. Series book cover design, educational book design, technical and freehand illustration, typesetting and design of practical activities (paper construction exercise and helpful calculator function card).

Feedback

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

PDF examples

Available upon request, contact.

Details

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

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Photograph of the front cover, letterpress front page and binding

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

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Photograph of a spread 1

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Image of a spread 2

Political/non-fiction book design and typesetting. Image of a references/notes

Client

Project Gutenberg.

Title

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

Book type

Politics, autobiographical.

Input

Book cover design, book design, page layout and typesetting.

PDF examples

Available upon request, contact.

Details

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

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

Education/management book design and typesetting. Photograph of inside spread (chapter 7)

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!

Book type

Education, management.

Input

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

PDF examples

Available upon request, contact.

Details

1 column layout, text and box quotes and illustrations. Pages: 262. Page size: Royal Octavo, 156 × 234mm. Paper: white, 100g/m².

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

Educational, school textbook.

Input

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

PDF examples

Available upon request, contact.

Details

4 column layout, mathematical symbols. Pages: 570. Page size: 193 × 265mm. Paper: white, 90g/m².

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, fun.

Input

Book design, freehand illustration and typesetting.

Description

Punctuation..? explains the functions and correct uses of 21 of the most used punctuation marks. It is humorous, fully illustrated using real life scenarios and is for a wide age range (young to ageing) and intelligence (emerging to expert).

Details

Pages: 36. Page size: 148 × 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.

The journey of larks cartoon illustration, picture book design and typographic design. Photograph of inside spread (person at the dentist)

The journey of larks: cartoon, illustration, picture book design and typographic design. Photograph of inside spread (OAPs and skateboarder)

Client

Published by User Design.

Title

The journey of larks.

Book type

Picture book.

Input

Picture book design, freehand illustration and typesetting.

Description

The journey of larks is played with language, words, illustration and typographic shenanigans: ‘A wince of dentists’, ‘A lot of used car-dealers’, ‘A watch of Swiss’. The wit and poetry of this charming collection of collectives, will be gobbled up by anyone who enjoys word-play and graphic communication.

Details

Pages: 24. Page size: 210 × 148mm. 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

From 1,500 entries from 35 countries all over the world, The journey of larks was awarded a Merit (Young Adult category) in the 3×3 Magazine, Children’s Show competition, No. 9, 2012.