Book design is the arrangement and shaping of text and image content within the parameters of a front and back cover…it is the shaping of content; it is the bridge between the original manuscript and the end user…A printed book is…the culmination of a group effort, between author, publishes, editor, designer and printer at least; often other specialists are also involved to realise the book.
Book Design: Principles and Process p16
Books are more than pages, board, glue and thread – they are artefacts of the human spirit and hand.
Jason Thompson, Playing with Books
Book: A portable container consisting of a series of printed and bound pages that preserves, announces, expounds, and transmits knowledge to a literate readership across time and space
Andrew Haslam, Book Design
But it is also possible to have books without writing, using only images and pictures. With the rise of e-books the portable container can now be of many types including mobile phones. With the rise of self-publishing the traditional relationships between different actors has significantly changed.
Part 1: Beginning
History of Book Design: printing and publishing
The Creative Design Process
Assignment: my Books Zine
Part 2 : Form and Function
The Anatomy of a Book
Approaches to Design
Assignment: Jacket Design
Part 3 : Principles
Working with Images
Assignment: My Little Book of …
Part 4 : Materials and processes
The Printing Process
Assignment Altered Book
Part 5: Production
Assignment Your Choice