In this course you learn how to take your design knowledge and apply it to the real world task of designing a book and its cover. Join Mark Gatter as he explains the complexities of book design in this 20-tutorial, workflow course.
Books – whether paper or “e” – require a serious amount of technical knowledge to design and produce. In this hands-on course by experienced book designer Mark Gatter, you learn all of the techniques and technicalities that go into professional book design.
He first explains the basic terminology that has remained in the lingo since the first book was printed, and you see how it applies to today’s technology-based production. Next up, Mark takes you through the book binding process for all the different kinds of book formats.
Then, he demystifies the design and production technicalities. Here is where you learn all about type, fonts, paper, margins, spines, sheets, finishes and much, much more.
Next up is a section on cover design. You learn to ask the 3 initial questions and then Mark discusses all the multifaceted design decisions –from the practical to the marketing driven ones – that go into making a book.
So if you want to design books, this course is the first chapter of your publication journey!
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction to Book Design & Construction
2. Basic Terminology
3. Folding a 16 Page Signature
4. Signature Pagination
5. Hardcover Binding
6. Softcover Binding
7. Font Choices
8. Who’s the Boss? Client vs. Designer
9. Book Technicalities
10. Getting to the Design
11. Finding the Center
12. Paper Choices
13. The Production Process
14. Design Inspiration
15. Technical Considerations & Talking to Printers
16. Creep and Other Issues
17. Design Briefs
18. Three Initial Questions
19. Starting the Checklist
20. Completing the Checklist