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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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Leica Q limited edition by Jesse Marlow

Momento Pro was honoured to produce a custom book for Jesse Marlow and Leica, to package with the Leica Q limited edition camera launched in early 2018. Both of which are now sold out!

If you want a book that’s truly unique you can go off grid and produce a totally custom edition, with non-standard sizing, cover material, binding styles, paper and packaging. Be aware though that you have expensive taste, and we’ll need a tad more time to do some tests to ensure that the everything meets our high quality expectations!

Earlier this year we were honoured to produce a limited edition for photographer Jesse Marlow titled Anything Can Happen and Probably Will.  Jesse is an internationally awarded street photographer who has published numerous books including, Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them, with Melbourne independent art book publisher M.33.

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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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‘Interview With A Cockatoo (Or Two)’ by Leila Jeffreys

When publishers didn’t take up the offer to produce her bird book, Australian fine-art photographer Leila Jeffreys decided to go it alone and self publish with Momento Pro. She felt that a photo book was an affordable format for her fans that didn’t diminish the value of her fine art prints.

 

Leila Jeffreys is one of a few Australian photographers who is equally adored by fine art collectors as she is by creatives, stylists and the general public. Her striking bird portrait series have universal appeal, and we were delighted to help her produce her first photo book, Interview With A Cockatoo (Or Two). Read on to find out why she self published and what contributed to the books success.

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