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Editorial design

Some great resources and inspiration for editorial design.

January 21, 2016
Anna Green will make you judge books by their covers
Anna Green will make you judge books by their covers

To achieve perfection in your craft, it’s good to spend a lot of time focusing on one thing. For designers, specializing in one field of graphic or web design can be the way to create your best work. Based in UK, graphic designer Anna Green has become one of the top book designers out there, […]

January 3, 2016
A gorgeous design for a book about wagashi, Japan’s traditional sweets
A gorgeous design for a book about wagashi, Japan’s traditional sweets

Ever noticed how looking for something colorful on stock photo sites inevitably brings up some candies and sweets photos? It’s probably the colorful thing that appeals the most to our inner-child. In Japan, they also produce traditional confectionary name wagashi. I can’t tell you about the taste of it, as I haven’t tried it for myself, […]

December 18, 2015
An Italian Economic Revue features better cover designs than most design magazines
An Italian Economic Revue features better cover designs than most design magazines

Grid-based design with nice typographic hierarchy, check. Gorgeous Didone typeface for the title, check. Awesome, catchy, and colorful illustrations, check. I’d love to find something that’s not perfect with these covers for the Italian Economic Revue, but in my opinion they are flawless. The illustrations are the work of the talented Italien illustrator Ray Oranges. Now […]

November 25, 2015
Sébastien Thibault’s editorial illustrations bring poetry to politics
Sébastien Thibault’s editorial illustrations bring poetry to politics

Editorial illustrators need to regularly convey complex ideas into simple images that give a quick understanding to readers and make them want to read the article. This is a lot to put into one single image. Based in Québec, illustrator Sébastien Thibault has a real talent to bring poetry into his work, even when drawing about […]

September 3, 2015
Victionary creates gorgeous book designs
Victionary creates gorgeous book designs

Viction:ary is a publisher from Hong Kong. They are noteworthy because of the high-quality of design in everything they publish. Specialized in all the visual related fields like art or design, they pride themselves in keepling a high-level of quality in their editorial design. You can see a few of their coolest books in this post, […]

July 11, 2015
10 inspiring pieces of editorial design
10 inspiring pieces of editorial design

Editorial design is my favorite part of a graphic designer’s job, unfortunatly, it isn’t the easiest one to get job in. Here is some inspiration for some well-designed editorial layouts. 1. Calendar Girl This is an editorial spreads for the Winter / Spring 2012 cover story of Washingtonian’s Bride & Groom issue. You can view it […]

June 14, 2015
A collection of gorgeous book covers
A collection of gorgeous book covers

Editorial design is my favorite part of my work as a graphic designer. Laying out magazines and books is much more satisfying than it looks to the non-designer. In my opinion the harder part is probably the book cover. Unlike for magazine design, you don’t have a featured story to pick an image for, you […]

June 1, 2015
Scribus 1.5 released, finally a decent open-source alternative to InDesign?
Scribus 1.5 released, finally a decent open-source alternative to InDesign?

You have probably already heard of Gimp or Inkscape as decent open-source alternatives to Photoshop or Illustrator. Scribus is a little less known, but it is growing as one of the best desktop publishing alternatives to InDesign. Unfortunatly, Scribus can not yet compare with its Adobe counterpart in terms of functionalities, but the software has […]

May 21, 2015
3D printed books by Tim Burtonwood
3D printed books by Tim Burtonwood

Although 3D printing is gaining ground on a larger scale at quick speed, most of the 3D printing projects you’ll see are still experimental. Tim Burtonwood is one of these experimenting 3D artists who took on publishing with a whole new angle. The Chicago-based artist has become a 3D printing evangelist who works with the […]

May 9, 2015
A collection of well-designed magazines
A collection of well-designed magazines

Contrary to the usual belief among design students, magazine and editorial design is a quite conservative field. Readability and editorial rules are so important that there is little space for graphic designers to experiment. This little space makes the work of designers featured in this article even more admirable, as they found some compromise with […]

March 20, 2015
Kindle cover disasters, design gone very wrong
Kindle cover disasters, design gone very wrong

If looking at bad design makes you feel better, you should go ahead and subscribe to the Kindle Covers Disasters Tumblr blog right away. The site aggregates self-authored Kindle book that didn’t hire a designer and just threw random images together, along with strange color and type combinations. It’s not all about design though, the books […]

October 26, 2014
20 gorgeous magazine cover designs
20 gorgeous magazine cover designs

The magazine cover has the super power to make your customers make or break their decision to purchase. As the marketplace in today’s scenario is very competitive, the whole look and feel of your cover affects the decision of your customers. Hence your magazine cover should be visually striking with beautiful images and creative design. […]

October 20, 2014
Gorgeous identity for a French theater
Gorgeous identity for a French theater

Using vibrant colors, paper cuts on some spots, and clever use of typography, lg2 boutique did a great job for the book they designed for La Fondation Maison Théâtre, an theater that specialized in shows for kids.

July 14, 2014
Motion silhouette: a book with animated shadows
Motion silhouette: a book with animated shadows

You already know about pop-out books, but Motion Silhouette is a new kind of book. Created by Japanese designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima, it has pop-out paper cutouts that come to life when you play with a torch’s light. The shadows interact with the printed content in a very cool manner. On this post, […]

June 28, 2014
Cover: an ode to Peter Mendelsund’s creative book covers
Cover: an ode to Peter Mendelsund’s creative book covers

After years of producing some of the best creative book covers you can find, Peter Mendelsund‘s work was finally catalogued in a promising new book: Cover. The covers are only part of the book, earlier work by the cover expert are also featured in the book, such as interior design, jacket sketches or art. In […]