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10 Golden Rules of Photobook Design by Sybren Kuiper

The ten golden rules of photobook design by Dutch graphic designer Sybren Kuiper.

Sybren Kuiper is a contemporary Dutch graphic designer who specialises in narrating stories through images and text. His ten rules below are written from the perspective of a graphic designer when working with a photographer on a photobook project.

#1. Never forget the basics: a photo book has two defining qualities: 1. it is a book; 2. it is full of photographs.

#2. When you start designing don’t listen to the photographer. Listen to the photos, then to the photographer.

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Photo book design tips from design experts

In this blog post we’ve collected design tips from local and international photo book creators, and some photo book design theory, to help you do your photographs justice. The focus is not on ‘commercially successful’ design but on design that is fit for the purpose of the book whether it be a personal photo project, a self published book, an artist book or other.

Great layout and page design is not intuitive, a fact that has been proven by thousands of books that have passed through Momento’s print facility. We see many good designs but many would also benefit from using a few design fundamentals.

While photographers are more visually literate than most, the ability to compose within the frame of a photograph doesn’t always translate to composition within the frame of a double page spread, but if you want to create the most effective photo book, good design is critical. Depending on the purpose and budget for your book you can choose to design it yourself, or seek assistance from a professional. In either case, the design should always be driven by the purpose and intention of your book.

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Middlehurst | Middle Earth wins APPA Album Award 2018

‘Middlehurst | Middle Earth’ by Peter Eastway was the winner of the AIPP’s Australian Professional Photography Book Award 2018. We asked Peter how he went from 10,000 shots to 46 impeccably sequenced photos across 88 gigantic pages.

Kudos to Peter Eastway for creating two of the five finalist books in the 2018 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Book Award, but it was his inkjet printed limited edition, Middlehurst | Middle Earth that earned a Gold Distinction and the crown. The judge’s felt it was “an absolute standout … a work of art … a real masterpiece.”  We agree that it was the complete package, with exceptional photography, a simple sophisticated design and production values that did the photographs justice. Read on to learn more about what the judges thought, and how to put together an award-winning photo book from the master himself.

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‘Year of the Monkey’ by Formist Editions

We take an inside look at the bespoke publication crafted by Formist Editions and Momento Pro for illustrator Paul Garbett. It’s signature is the unique layflat binding with a striped fore-edge.

 

Just in case you didn’t know, in addition to our standard book range, we also produce custom books in bespoke sizes, cover materials and packaging for publishers, artists,  designers and corporates.

One of our favourites is Year Of The Monkey, a collaboration between illustrator Paul Garbett and Formist Editions, an indy publisher of books and collectibles for lovers of art founded by Mark Gowing.

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