There is no better advertisement for the value and grace of good graphic design than a well-designed book. When everything is in harmony – typography, images, grids, margins, print quality, paper stock, format, binding and finishing – the effect is a kind of perfection. A well-designed book not only looks good, it also delivers information in a uniquely satisfying manner.
Digital files make the technical execution of the design relatively easy, but nothing beats holding images and text in our hands, so whenever possible a good way to start designing a book is to lay out all the contents on a table – printouts of photographs, text, graphs, headlines, etc. This allows the designer to create an overview – to have a sense of the book’s totality.