Book cover design services

We offer a book cover design service and can provide creative concepts and designs using typography, photography, illustration and graphic communication. We can provide a selection of different designs based on your requirements and brief. From this a design can be edited and fine-tuned, until eventually, a final design is chosen which we can setup to the printer’s specification. Challenge our creativity.

  • Full colour book cover design.
  • Series cover design and branding.
  • Literal and lateral concepts.
  • Photography and picture research.
  • Hand-drawn lettering.
Academic/higher education book cover design and setup example 1, photograph of woman reading
Academic/higher education book cover design and setup example 2, photograph of a man using a digital device
Academic/higher education book cover design and setup example 3, photograph of a woman reading a book

Client

Proactive Books.

Book cover category

Academic/higher education.

Input

Book cover design, typography, photography research, photograph editing.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

This academic publisher needed book covers designing.

We designed creative, clear and clean book covers in relation to the book’s market and audience. We researched potential photographs to use and discussed with the client.

Series book cover design, sport, football

Series book cover design, sport, tennis

Series book cover design, sport, golf

Series book cover design, sport, cricket

Client

Arena Publishers.

Book cover category

Sport.

Input

Series book cover design, typography, illustration.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The publisher needed a series of book covers setting up and designing for their A complete guide to series of sports guides.

The client wanted book cover designs for quite a specific series of books, which we handled in a precise and unifying way. We used lively and precise illustrations to encourage picking-up the book, which were also easy to do for other titles in the series.

Fiction book cover design example 1, photograph of front cover and endpaper design

 

Client

Invisible Books.

Book cover category

Fiction.

Input

Book cover design, typography, illustration scanning, and paper research and sourcing.

Details

Hardcover marble paper and speckled endpapers from Victoria Hall, The Old Stores, Norwich, UK. Other features: light purple bookmark and headband.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The publisher needed a book cover for this conceptually interesting fiction book.

We worked with the illustrator (that the client selected), delivering a very content fitting and relevant book cover design which is very suggestive and leaves a lot for the viewer to work out and decide. We scanned in the illustrator’s artwork, allowing it to be reproduced in the best graphic and technical way, also utilising some unusual qualities of the original artwork, like the raw edge of the unframed painting on the inside cover flaps, and the visibleness of the illustrator’s brush strokes on the canvas.

Art/photography book cover design, New York 1930s

Client

Invisible Books.

Book cover category

Art/photography.

Input

Book cover design, typography, photograph editing.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The publisher was producing a thick volume on New York with 26 essays and a large number of old photographs.

The typeface used was in-keeping for the time and period of the book. The title on the spine can be seen from a long distance away (when slotted into a bookshelf).

Academic/higher education book cover design example 3, photograph of people on a couch talking

Client

McGraw-Hill Education.

Book cover category

Academic/higher education.

Input

Book cover design, typography, illustration.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The client wanted the book cover to use the same illustration style, and to be along the same lines, as a previous title they had published.

We provided a wide selection of initial cover designs for the publisher to consider and choose from. We used a modern and fresh typeface from the publisher’s approved list of typefaces.

Persephone series book cover production, photograph of a series of their book cover showing the spines

Client

Persephone Books.

Book cover category

Fiction.

Input

Series book cover, endpaper and bookmark setup for the printer.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The publisher had a very elegant and restrained book cover series design setup and which had been utilised for many previous titles.

We were called-in to setup new covers in the series. We setup new titles in the previous series style, with little worry for the client. The final artwork was sent to the printer in Germany and was setup correctly for them. We scanned in new artwork for bookmarks and book cover flaps, with accurate colour and reproduction quality.

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 1 cover: Number skills, shows a man driving in a fast car to a nice apartment

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 2 cover: Calculator skills, shows a person wondering what to do with a calculator, then he is sitting ontop of the world

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 3 cover: Number patterns, shows a DJ in a booth selecting a record, then people are dancing to the music

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 4 cover: Shape and symmetry, shows a person with his arms and legs spread out then a star over his body showing symmetry

GCSE maths secondary educational workbook cover designs. Workbook 5 cover: Perimeter, area and volume, shows a person sitting in classroom looking up at a plane in the sky. Back cover shows a person designing a plane on a drawing board

Photograph of all 5 workbook covers at a 45 degree fan angle sequence. GCSE secondary educational mathematics textbook cover design

Client

University research project.

Title

Workbook: 1. Number skills. 2. Calculator skills. 3. Number patterns. 4. Shape and symmetry. 5. Perimeter, area and volume.

Book cover category

Secondary (GCSE) educational.

Input

Plain English rewriting and editing, series book cover design, educational book design, technical and freehand illustration, typesetting, design of practical activities (paper construction exercise and helpful calculator function card), and paper sourcing.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The question was asked for the cover designs: what do we say and how can we communicate with teenagers in an interesting and relevant way about perceived boring subjects, like maths?

We used meaningful colours in relation to the title and area of the mathematical workbooks. We designed a highly appealing overall graphic communication design and identity that many young people are likely to enjoy and accept. We used a very modern and cool typeface throughout to improve motivation and appeal of text. We provided hard‑hitting and relevant illustrations and photography for young people, that actually speaks to them and says something meaningful.

Feedback

  • GCSE student: ‘It [the design] gives it a second chance’.
  • A teacher: ‘On the verge of brilliance’.

Kids/children's book cover design, A History of Yo-yos

Client

Invisible Books.

Book cover category

Reference book for kids/children.

Input

Book cover design, illustration.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The publisher came to us with this heavily illustrated reference volume for kids on yo-yos. The publisher needed a very striking and colourful book cover.

We achieved a striking cover design through good colour selection, imagery and typographic design. The book cover had to fit into a kids/teenager book cover category, for market acceptance and bookshop demand.

3 results of book cover design by us

  • A book cover design that fulfils your requirements, brief, market and users’ needs.
  • An appealing book cover design that gives the book more chance of being picked-up, chosen and used.
  • An interesting relevant meaningful concept and look, communicating interest and desirability.