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Stella Otto, July 2017
Redesigning with the Times: The Backyard Orchardist »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Stella Otto, Author/Publisher, The Backyard Orchardist A previous IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winner receives another medal for the redesign of her original book. If you’ve ever seen home renovation shows like “Flip This House,” you know that even if the property was once beautiful and structurally sound, time often renders it …

Joel Friedlander, July 2017
Top 10 Fonts for Book Covers and Interior Design »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Joel Friedlander, Book Designer, Blogger, and Writer You’ve decided to create your own book covers and interiors design—do you know what font you plan to use? This should be one of the first, and most basic, questions you need to ask yourself before digging into other design elements. Whether you are …

Deb Vanasse, July 2017
How to Work with a Book Designer »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 By Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent – To achieve designs that help books get noticed in a crowded marketplace, publishers need to choose a designer well-suited to their project and foster an environment of open communication and collaboration. Everyone knows the cliché about not judging books by their covers. But, in fact, …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, June 2017
Success Is in the Details »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press Paying rapt attention to readability, the inside cover details, and overall branding will bring you closer to snagging a big win for your book. In early April, IBPA ushered in a new cohort of award-winning indie books via the annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ …

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 …

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, 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 …

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