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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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APPA Book Award history 2005 -2018

The AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards have incorporated a Photography Book Award since 2005, and the winning books have been created by photographers from a diversity of genres – landscape, architectural, commercial and portraiture. This post showcases the winning books, their creators and the judge’s rationale for their selection.

Every year the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) hosts the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA), which has included a Book category since 2005. Momento Pro has been a proud sponsor of the Book award since 2006 and we’ve had the good fortune of sitting in on the judging every year. Below is a visual history of the 13 winners to date, a showcase of the 2018 entrants and winner, and a link to the full judging video. Keep your eye out for the sequel for the Album Award category in coming weeks.

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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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