As I want to produce a book as my final piece I have been looking at book printing sites. I decided to test ‘Blurb‘ out as they seemed like the best quality but also gave me most options as a designer to be creative with my book. I can produce the pages however I want, the obvious choice being InDesign and then converting to Pdf to upload. A lot of sites do not give you this option and therefore would not give me complete creative freedom.

I knocked a quick book up using my past work with the least amount of pages I could (15 pages) just to see if the quality was good enough for how I wanted it to look. I received the book today and the print quality is really nice. I will be using Blurb. See photos below.

After going to the bookshop called Magma on friday to look for some inspirational books I went home and brought the ones I was interested in online, they also arrived today! I was trying to look for a book close to what I had in mind to do on my subject and found it hard to find any, but came across one called ‘The Little Book of Shocking Food Facts‘. However after looking online I thought this book looked stronger called ‘The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts‘. Im really glad I found these series of books, something that relates pretty directly to what I want to achieve. Pictures below.

Amazing, colourful, attention grabbing front cover.

One of the most visually interesting content pages I have ever seen.

As with what I wanted to do this book doesn’t stick too closely to one style. It keeps constants such as page numbers but apart from that the style changes every few pages, it is hard to find a book like this. As you can see from the page below this is more photography based.

Mixed with info graphics.

More designer/typographically based.

Hopefully my intentions for my brief are a little more clear now that you have seem some visuals. Another book also caught my eye, it is dedicated to handwritten design. I thought this would be a good addition to all my current inspiration, which seems mostly digital thus far. Pictures below.

So far I have compiled a lot of research and inspiration over the summer, I have a week before I start back properly at college and in that time I need to workout what size book I want to work too and then I can start compiling what exactly I want on eac page of my book and how it’s going to be presented. Excited to get started!


Filed under Graphic Design Practice, Inspiration

3 responses to “Books!

  1. Antonia

    Hmm I dunno Reiss…

    The Blurb book does seem good and all, with the quality and the creative freedom that it gives you… But it still doesn´t quite cut it with me…

    I personally feel that already you are restricting yourself to a format way to early. Who knows how your project could develop? You could make something much bigger and better than you are already setting yourself up for.

    Yeah, the book might be nice, but I think that you are kind of selling out by ordering it online, ready made. I would give you much more kudos if you were to, say, make the book yourself. Have you considered the paper that is to be used or will you be going with the oh-so-over-used glossy brilliant white? Does Blurb give you a choice? It might be interesting to experiment on different materials to print on? Maybe a material that will relate to a computer games console. I dunno, but this is just one example.

    The end product might look like a professional quality book, but afterall, it is not really down to you. I´m not sure if this is going to make sense but, you will really need to produce some amazing work for the pages to overshadow the production.

    To me, I can just see one more glossy book or magazine to go with all the rest. Nothing really differs it from anything else. And to me, I think that the end product will lose the personal factor that your project will have throughout.

    Just a few things to think about. If after you still decide to go with Blurb, then that´s fine. I´m just pointing out a few things that might create a few problems.

    Take care xx

    • I understand what your saying but I need to also produce something that would be suitable to get me a job and me making a half arsed attempt at hand making a book with odd things sticking out everywhere isn’t going to cut it.

      Also Id like to work on the design rather than worry about how to make a book, it’s going to be stressful as it is, but thanks for your long comment.

  2. steff

    amaaaaaaziiing 🙂
    awesome work!!
    the print quality looks good and I think this will be one of your best works!
    definitely a risk but something that I think you will use to your advantage 🙂

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