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Book Design (abrams studio) Paperback – November 7, 2006
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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".Read more ›
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.
Geni J. White
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.
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.
Everything is well illustrated. Every principle is dealt with in depth. And book design is covered in every form I can imagine. I, for one, was pleasantly surprised when I opened this book.
This book covers everything you would need know about book design. However, execution is beyond its scope. You will not learn to manufacture a book (that is book making) or how to use the software of your choice. Book Design is for readers who already have a interest in these things with serious intentions beyond a simple vanity press publication.
I would particularly recommend this book for students. It can easily serve as a design textbook for now and a valuable reference in the future.
Higly recomended!!! A lot of theory. A lot of visual examples.
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This typography book is remarkable. It is the bible of typography books. If you just started learning book making this book by Andrew Haslam is a must have!Published on February 11, 2013 by Gio
The book went very thoroughly through the book design process, both initial creation and final development as well as production. Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by Vonny3492
Should be called "Book Design: From A to Z". Lots of breadth and assumes very little knowledge.Published on September 26, 2009 by Michael Brochstein
This is the kind of books that have everything... Although the layout of the book itself is a little overwhelming and rigid, the information there is super valuable.Published on June 9, 2009 by Gabriela Hernandez