Book design (Part 1)



The book began its journey about ten thousand years ago, as a CLAY TABLET in Samaria today known as Saudi Arabia. The Sumerians needed a way to keep records of their crops, so they began making clay tablets to write on. The simple form of writing, which was used by them is called CUNEIFORM. They used sticks to carve their message into the wet clay and leave them to dry in the sun afterwards.



As years passed Egyptians developed a more complex form of picture writing, called HIEROGLYPHIC.
Also, they invented the first form of Paper, which was made from a papyrus plant.





Throughout the years, the CHINESE found that they were in need of a better and more practical material. So they began flattening palm leaves and make the first real sheets of paper. Eventually they developed a printmaking method called WOODCUT. This technique made it easier to create multiple impressions on the same page. After this development, they started gluing pages together and fold them into Books.





The book is a visual and tangible form of art, where spoken words, stories are put together on a piece of paper and transformed into a unique form of style, format and design.


Every book has it’s own elements that can be divided in categories, so here are some helpful tips that you can use while designing a book.


Choosing the right FONT for the text is very important for your book design. It always needs to be in harmony with the pictures and the illustrations to form unity with thewhole book.



Also the text should have hierarchy, it must have order and it needs different styles for the different types of body elements.


The graphics, illustrations and photos that are part of a book, have their own unique shapes, lines and colors. Your job as a designer is to recognize and distinguish which of these unique elements are there and how to properly balance them. This eventually will result in having a consistent design.


Creative parts are very important, these are the ones who give style to your book. They decide the look of the book and give you a feeling what is the story about even before you read it. Because of that you must be careful what elements you choose, you don’t want to give a wrong perception of the book.
You have to make a full and terminal research, but most important is first to read the book, so you know the time period the book is written in . You can also use elements that are inspired from the characters that exist in the book and include parts of your own personal design style.


The texture of the paper is a key part of designing a book . It gives the book tangible and material identity, which when it is in your hands it allows the story, besides the visual to have another dimension of existence.


There are different type of thickness and colors that you can choose from. It can also have different formats and you can make a book in every size that is suitable for your design idea.

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This post is part in the series blog posts connected to our general Thursday tech talks at GSIX.

Post by: Maja Piponska (Design Lead at GSIX)

Useful links:

History of the book –
Egypt Picture – Clay Tablets –
Old Persian –
Hieroglyphics –
Understanding Paper Weights & Sizes –