Article Category - "Design"


Independent Articles
Alexa Schlosser, December 2016
The Perfect Pairing »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Alexa Schlosser, IBPA Independent managing editor In September of this year, W&P Design, a food and beverage design and manufacturing company, launched Dovetail, a sister publishing company that pairs books with original products across multiple topics and categories. IBPA Independent spoke with Nick Fauchald, Dovetail’s publisher, and Ryan Kelly, Dovetail’s head …

Alexa Schlosser, December 2016
Look Like a Pro – A collection of viewpoints on the critical yet challenging topic of book design. »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Alexa Schlosser, IBPA Independent managing editor Meet the Panelists In terms of design—cover, layout, and other design features—what distinguishes amateur from professional? Matthew Karanian (MK): Simplicity of design is important. There must be a unified design concept without clutter. Richard Rieman (RR): Professional designers are artists who can create a few …

Alicia Freile, December 2016
Book Publishing Down Under »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Alicia Freile, Design Director, Tango Media An expatriate’s observations of the publishing industry in Australia. Just over 10 years ago, I left my job as a book designer at Running Press Book Publishers in Philadelphia, packed up my two suitcases, and got on a plane to Sydney, Australia. It was the …

Julie Barnes, October 2016
3 Challenging Covers »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016 by Julie Barnes, Senior Art Director, Andrews McMeel Publishing Andrews McMeel Publishing’s senior art director talks about the company’s design ethic and philosophy, and her own approach to creating innovative book design. The Andrews McMeel Publishing Book Group publishes gift books, children’s books, cookbooks, general trade, cartoon, coloring books, and puzzles and …

Deb Vanasse, October 2016
Win By Design »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016 by Deb Vanasse, Staff Reporter, IBPA Independent Independent book publishers know that, despite the familiar expression, books are judged by their covers – as well as their interiors, and just about everything else. Author Kwame Alexander, recipient of the coveted John Newbery Medal, knows a thing or two about reaching an audience—he …

Shona Burns, October 2016
The Alchemy of Design »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016 by Shona Burns, Executive Director, Chronicle Books Alchemy, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.” Whether you are designing for a book on pop culture, a cookbook, a children’s book, or stationery, there are two core elements that run …

Joel Friedlander, August 2016
Getting Started with Book Interiors—Quick Tips for Self-Publishers »

Print books are still going strong, and even people who own laptops, tablets, and smartphones continue to buy them. Many authors who got started by publishing straight-to-digital e-books are realizing that there’s a big role for print books to play in their publishing plans.

Deb Vanasse, June 2016
Breaking Out of the Box »

Editor’s Note: Last month, IBPA Independent reporter Deb Vanasse gave us “Updates from the Digital Frontier.” The topic was so vast, we couldn’t address everything in one installment. Part two of Vanasse’s May 2016 cover story continues the digital publishing dialogue, this time with a focus on format, containers, and the larger question of customer …

Joel Friedlander, June 2016
Three Surefire Ways to Fail at E-book Cover Design »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Joel Friedlander, Book Designer The growth of the e-book market has brought with it a new challenge for those who design these e-book covers, whether they are amateurs or professionals. More than anything else, designers and do-it-yourself publishers have to address the challenges of this relatively new format in a way …

Lynn Rosen, January 2016
It’s a Book – and More! »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor Running Press is one of a number of presses that excel in the book-plus format. (Others include Chronicle Books, Andrews McMeel, Workman Publishing Company, and Peter Pauper Press.) Running Press mini-kits pair a small book with non-book items, all creatively and efficiently packaged. You’ll often …

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