Article Category - "Design"


Independent Articles
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 …

David Bergsland , November 2015
Readability Goals »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2015 by David Bergsland, Typographer and Font Designer Readability is the prime virtue of book design. Whether you’re handling book production yourself or outsourcing it, you should know how to assess and, if necessary, improve readability. This little graphic shows you some of the things that influence how easily you—and your readers—can read …

Lon Kirschner, September 2015
A Designer’s Take on Cover Design »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2015 by Lon Kirschner, Principal, Kirschner Caroff Design Inc. Independent publishers do not have deep pockets, and for some designers, that can be a problem. On the other hand, I’ve found that when I work with an independent publisher, there’s the publisher and there’s me. No account guy, no marketing guy, no focus …

Belinda Pollard, June 2015
Using Feedback to Choose a Cover Design »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2015 by Belinda Pollard, Owner, Small Blue Dog Publishing When I posted an article on my blog about whether or not to use images of people on book covers, I also displayed two alternative covers for my upcoming novel Poison Bay—one with a person on it and one without. What happened next alerted …

Cathi Stevenson, May 2015
Book Cover Trends »

PUBLISHED MAY 2015 by Cathi Stevenson, Book Designer “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts,” Mr. Brownlow observed in Oliver Twist. Back in Oliver Twist’s time, book cover content usually consisted of little more than the title and the author’s name on a plain background. Since then, …

Joel Friedlander, January 2015
Interior Design Alert: E-Book Vs. P-Book »

When people get started in book publishing these days, their projects usually include plans for both print books and e-books. And that makes a lot of sense. With the growing popularity of devices that can deliver books in digital formats, it’s important to ensure that a book you’ve worked hard on is available to readers …

Rana DiOrio, December 2014
Creating Powerful Covers »

Despite the age-old adage, everyone judges a book by its cover—booksellers, librarians, educators, and, of course, readers. At Little Pickle Press, we have developed a rather unorthodox way to create our covers. To follow our formula for success, you would take the following steps: Brainstorm cover concepts collaboratively with your editor, author, art director, and …

Linda Carlson, November 2014
Building on a Rich Tradition: The University of Oklahoma Press Story »

The first university press established in the Southwest, and the fourth in the western half of the United States, the University of Oklahoma Press describes itself as a “preeminent publisher of books about the West and the American Indian,” with an interest in scholarly disciplines such as archaeology, classical studies, energy studies, natural sciences, political …

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