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Book Design 1: Creative Book Design

Course Level: 1 (HE4) | HE Credits: 40 | Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week


The unit provides a broad practical and contextual introduction to book design. It introduces basic creative design processes, skills and techniques by exploring commerical publishing, small-scale publications and altered books.

It provides a practical introduction to basic design principles and layouts using typography and images in magazine spreads and small publications; simple book construction and book binding techniques; and an overview of the use of paper and printing techniques. You will develop your ideas through the production of prototypes, mock-ups to finished book covers, layouts, fanzines and hand-made books.

You will apply your knowledge and understanding of book design by undertaking a range of practical tasks that requires the development of ideas and research, the application of design principles, exploring visual language and narrative within books, and a range of practical design and making skills. Drawing on contemporary and historical examples of book design, you will develop a contextual understanding of publishing and creative book design, and your learning log will be used to critically reflect on these contexts in relation to your own practice.


The aims of this unit are to:

  • A1 Provide a broad contextual overview of book design and publishing
  • A2 Appreciate the role of design principles and narrative in book construction
  • A3 Introduce and develop practical skills in book design and construction
  • A4 Develop ideas and research into finished outcomes
  • A5 Develop self reflective and critical skills


On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • LO1 Demonstrate a broad contextual understanding of book design and publishing (A1, A2)
  • LO2 Employ basic skills in book design, layout and construction (A3)
  • LO3 generate ideas, research, and proposals that demonstrate an awareness of design principles (A2, A5)
  • LO4 present ideas, prototypes and visual outcomes effectively (A4)