bookleteer blog

bookleteer blog header image 5

Entries Tagged as 'design'

New eBook Design!

October 12th, 2011 No Comments

After some tinkering and testing, we’ve just uploaded the new eBook back cover designs to the bookleteer server. Alongside an improved colophon layout, all eBooks generated with bookleteer now automatically create a QR code link as well as a short URL, to the online bookreader version, featured on the bottom left corner of the back […]

Tags:   · · · · ·

Psychedelic Paper Sculptures

October 5th, 2011 No Comments

Jen Stark creates fantastical, multicoloured paper sculptures which transgress the humble medium, composing simple sheets into three-dimensional works of art using every spectrum of the rainbow. The intricate layers, the shapes they form, and the sheer vibrancy of her work are mesmerising – what’s more, they’re all hand-cut. Perhaps it’s not wise to delve too […]

Tags:   · · · ·

Business Cubes?

October 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Whilst perusing the stalls at the TENT London design show a few weeks back, I was reminded of the importance of exhibitors’ business cards and informational flyers, especially when there’s a vast amount of finely crafted aesthetics and innovation competing for the attention of visitors, and potential investors or collaborators. The ability for visitors at […]

Tags:   · ·

Tube Map CV’s

July 12th, 2011 No Comments

I have been blogging about creative portfolios recently, with the notion of ‘standing out from the crowd’ as my backbone. This is also relevant to CV’s. Just like a portfolio, you have to stand out from the crowd to get noticed! I came across two fantastic CV’S which mimic a London tube map, and instead […]

Tags:   ·

Video games vs Penguin Classics

June 23rd, 2011 No Comments

Olly Moss (a hugely talented illustrator and graphic designer, which I’ve had the good fortune to recently discover) created these redesigned covers for a number of his favourite video games, inspired by Romek Marber’s classic designs for Penguin Books in the 1960’s. This seemingly unsuited clash of mediums works so well, no doubt aided by […]

Tags:   · ·

‘Design-tacular’ Portfolio

June 21st, 2011 No Comments

Even though I prefer the idea of a ‘real life’ portfolio – one which I can have in my hands and flick through glossy colourful pages one after another, I have come across on online portfolio, which I think is fantastic! The most appealing part for me is the hand drawn illustration by Jesse Willmon. […]

Tags:   · ·

“Sculptural Photo Albums”

May 27th, 2011 No Comments

Courtesy of FastCoDesign, I came across this cleverly designed photo album, a corner of which doubles as a stand, allowing it to balance upright in a striking pose. The unusual, dynamic design of “The Whole Story” encourages people to pick it up and leaf through, physically engaging with snapshot memories of their lives and others. […]

Tags:   · ·

Stitched Illustrations – Peter Crawley

March 23rd, 2011 No Comments

I thought I’d share this, courtesy of the chaps at It’s Nice That. Peter Crawley stitches illustrations into watercolour paper with a pin, needle and cotton thread; the elaborate images and precise lines look more like a digital printout than embroidery. His architectural illustrations are stunning, even more so when you take a closer look […]

Tags:   · · · · ·

“Look after your spines, book designers”

February 10th, 2011 No Comments

Courtesy of the Creative Review blog, I’ve just been reading about how book spines are often neglected when designing covers, and the importance of their appearance when on bookshelves (after all, that’s the portion potential buyers or aesthetically conscious owners often see first). We’re currently in the process of designing a slipcase template for series […]

Tags:   · ·

IDEO’s The Future of the Book

September 28th, 2010 No Comments

On the fabulous The Literary Platform I came across this video Ideo have produced showing three concepts they have created around the future of the book. I love Ideo, they consistently come up with inventive and imaginative technological developments that take account of social factors and personal practices. However, I have to say, I am […]

Tags:   · · · ·

Crowdfunding bookleteer

September 14th, 2010 No Comments

As mentioned in a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago, we’re hard at work building the ‘beta’ version of bookleteer to make it simpler to use, more robust and developing new features to make it even more useful. However, this does come at a cost and we’re low on funds to pay for […]

Tags:   · ·

Art Space Tokyo: Shared Making

July 30th, 2010 No Comments

Art Space Tokyo is an intimate guide to the Tokyo art world by Ashley Rawlings and Craig Mod and a very beautiful book describing the buildings and neighbourhoods of 12 distinctive Tokyo galleries. There are maps for each of the areas, illustrations of the galleries by Nobumasa Takahashi  (the cover is a composite map of […]

Tags:   · · · · · ·

Updates & New Designs

May 17th, 2010 No Comments

We are just finishing tweaks to the latest set of updates and improvements to bookleteer and will be integrating them into the live server over the next 24 hours : there may be some disruption to the service whilst we do this. We’re very excited by what’s in store, it’s a big step forward in […]

Tags:   · ·

Interface Updates for Authoring Pages

January 28th, 2010 No Comments

We’ve spent today making some further improvements to the user interface of the authoring pages for both eBooks and StoryCubes, reducing the screen clutter, grouping the choices of format etc to be made, and the content entering/uploading areas. Principally we’ve added some diagrams to show the different options for eBooks (Classic and Book formats, Portrait […]

Tags:   · ·

Interface Tweak

January 21st, 2010 No Comments

Following feedback at this week’s PU&P we’ve made a small, but important tweak to the StoryCube create/edit page – a diagram showing the position and orientation of each image on the cube (front and back): The exact dimensions of each StoryCube face are 55mm by 55mm and we recommend making images at no less than […]

Tags:   · · ·