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Product Details

  • Series: abrams studio
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810992205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810992207
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A graduate of London's Royal College of Art, writer and designer Andrew Haslam now leads the MA Communication Design course at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London. He is the recipient of the American Institute of Physics Award for Best Science Writing and the Geographical Society Gold Medal for the most significant contribution to geography. He also runs his own studio, creating science, history, and geography textbooks for children.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
In the last few years a new kind of website has appeared: one that allows the user to print books of their own material on line. There was always a so-called "vanity press" that would print up books for people who didn't want to or couldn't get major publisher to accept their book. However, the process usually cost several thousand dollars and resulted in a pile of several hundred books, many of which sat in the attic. The on-line publishers allow printing just one copy of a book and unless the book has many pages, charge well under $100.00.

The publishers usually provide templates for type and images into which one can drop material from one's computer and then format this data, before sending it to print. Even though I'm not a design professional, I felt there had to be some methods of layout that would help to tell one's story more effectively than others. For example, for a photography portfolio, pictures can either be surrounded by a frame or cover the entire page or have a frame on three sides and bleed off the page on a fourth, and so forth. Similarly, some type fonts and sizes should be better for a caption or a heading than others. I had read Robin Williams' "Non-Designer's Design Book, The (3rd Edition) (Non Designer's Design Book)" years ago, and while that helped me to understand some general principles of design, it didn't provide the depth of layout help which would allow me to lay out my own book more effectively without going to graphic design school.

As I searched the web for a recently published book that would show me how to lay out a book I wanted to create, I found "Book Design".
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Biffle French on September 19, 2007
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When I opened this book and saw how slick and enticing it was, I was afraid that it might be just about the graphics side of book design. I wanted a technical book that provided a thorough coverage of the subject. I was not disappointed, however. This book gives a great treatment with clear, beautiful drawings that cover every subject from the aesthetics of page layout to mechanics of printing.

If you want to really understand book design then I highly recommend this wonderful book. Every page is delightful and yet full of important information.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Esme on March 15, 2007
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While there are many, many design books and references available that contain most of the information in this book, this is the first time I've found such a good synthesis of content in one place. The order and organization of the book is extremely well thought out and logical, and the writing is excellent. I'm so happy to have found this book-- as a designer it's a wonderful reference, reinforcement, and source for learning. Definitely recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geni J. White on March 31, 2008
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Although more for professional designers then I expected, I learned what I needed from this thorough book. I wanted enough information to lay out and understand design of my own books and found clear details and principles. However, this book has complete data for readers seeking far more than I was. A valuable future reference, I think.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Forest7 on April 27, 2010
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I bought this book based on the reviewers' comments. However, there is no notice that this book is not for beginners. It may be instructional, but it requires knowledge that the average reader does not have. It would be useful for those looking for such a book to know this.

I decided to write this review for the benefit of others who may look at this book. I found parts useful, but I think another book would have been more useful.

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NOTE: Since this review I found a book much better suited for beginners at design. It is The Non-Designer's Design Book (3rd Edition)by Robin Williams. Perhaps eventually new designers could appreciate this book by Haslam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rodriguez C. Juan Pablo on August 29, 2008
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All you need to know when designing a book can be found in this one!
Higly recomended!!! A lot of theory. A lot of visual examples.
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