design challenge 4

Book Spine Design

Submitted by YKK on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 23:11

Platform – For a book designer:

This “time-saving, quality enhancing tips and techniques for designers” topic is geared towards designing the spine of a book.

Why? What for? Who cares?

Who should care about some skinny book spine? The answer is, YOU SHOULD. You may scoff, but your book spine is an incredibly important feature of your published book.

Time-Saving, Quality Enhancing Tip for Designers: How to Link Images in Adobe InDesign

Submitted by mhiscock on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 21:54

As a book designer, you’re probably very familiar with Adobe’s program, InDesign. InDesign is a page layout and design program that serves as a great tool for book designers. And while you may know all the ins and outs of book design itself, you may still struggle with properly placing and linking images in InDesign. Ever embed an image in InDesign only for it to turn out pixelated in print or PDF form? Follow this guide to help you eliminate pixelated images and hopefully make your book designing endeavors smoother in the future.

Embedding vs. Linking

The Importance Of Research for Book Designers

Submitted by gcarana on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 18:48

If you are a Book Designer, you are likely in charge of everything from the book cover to the layout to the design of the pages. Whether you are first time book designer or a seasoned veteran, there are some important tips and tricks that can help you be the best book designer you can be. One of these tips is the importance to doing research before you start your design. This may not sound like a time saver, but good research beforehand can prevent you from having to redo your work and will save time in the long run!

How to Win Friends and Influence People (with Drop Caps)

Submitted by keo on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 18:25

Once upon a time, book designers decided that big letters were a nice way to draw attention to the start of a book (or to the start of a section within a book). Those big letters, called drop caps (or, more formally, versals), are actually pretty easy to create in Adobe InDesign CC.

Book Cover Design - The easiest way

Submitted by tld445 on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 14:36

Designing a book cover is a time-intensive project that takes a niche skill to execute well. As a writer and publisher, you may not have the skills, resources, or time to create a book cover yourself.

There are many available resources for people looking for custom book cover designs. These obviously vary in quality, and the price can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Below is a sample of recommended strategies for receiving well-designed book covers for cheap.

Design Challenge 4: A Quick Guide to InDesign Typography Terms

Submitted by jvb on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:25

At some point during the book design process, and hopefully pretty early in that process, you should focus on typography. Adobe InDesign allows you to modify a number of typography settings to improve the readability and aesthetic appeal of text. If you're not familiar with InDesign's typography terminology, here's a short primer:

  • Kerning: spacing between characters
  • Tracking: similar to kerning except that tracking refers to spacing between words rather than characters


Tips for Book Designers: Creating Cool Text Overlays for Your Book's Cover in Photoshop

Submitted by jared on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 03:37

If you are designing a book cover and want to give the title’s typography a little extra flare, one way you can do that is by overlaying a pattern over the title’s text in Photoshop using clipping masks. Clipping masks are easy and quick to create, and can give your book’s title a great, attractive, and unique look. To do this you will need Adobe Photoshop, to have a font already chosen, and to have an image of a pattern for the overlay.

Time-saving Tips for Designers

Submitted by jao on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 13:28

The goal this week is to give book designers some time-saving tips when they are creating content.  I would like to present the concept of “stickiness.”  According to the book Universal Principles of Design by Lidwell et al, stickiness is “a method for dramatically increasing the recognition, recall, and unsolicited sharing of an idea or expression” (228).