Book binding tips, tricks, advice and secrets

I love what’s possible in digital design and production, but the truth is there’s something that digital products lack when compared with print. This missing quality is tactility, the effect of touch and physical behaviour as a part of the overall experience. Even in print this is all too often forgotten as a part of…

Flipback books: new direction or dead end?

We tend to take things such as book formats for granted, never really thinking about them as we read them and make content for them. There has been essentially no serious change, no innovation in the core standard design of books for centuries, unless you count the development of perfect binding and the paperback. Not…

Book covers and how to judge them

A book cover has a specific set of tasks to achieve. It has to provide some kind of recognisable identity, it has to grab someone’s attention (appeal to the right audience), and it must, in some way, tell or at least allude to what’s inside (to sell the contents). Get this right and you have…