Book Creator Top Design Tips

by Gavin Wilshen (Visual Designer, Tools for Schools)

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DESIGN
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BY GAVIN WILSHEN
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INTRODUCTIONS
DESIGN TIPS
CHEATS & HACKS
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Watch the accompanying webinar where Gavin talks through this book. Also be aware there are additional notes & links to resources in the pasteboard area (off-page). REMIX the book to see those in Edit mode.
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Part of my job is to make GREAT looking books using Book Creator
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Create a visual theme for each book (or series of books). This should include a limited color palette, some fonts, repeated page layouts and elements, that together create a cohesive look for your pages.
We'll look at some of these ideas over the following pages
Getting Inspiration
Getting started on a new book is always the hardest part, and I ALWAYS doubt my ability to pull it off.

My best tip for this is to loosely map out the content across the pages, and then start moving things around a piece at a time, trying text and layout ideas and looking for a way in. There are always clues in the content on where to start, you just have to find them!

Other less esoteric considerations:

What does the content say?
What is the tone of voice?
Who is the audience?

This development process can take time, but slowly a theme emerges and you will discover techniques which can be applied across the other pages.

I call this process Content-led design.
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Select a limited number of colours to work with. This doesn't have to be rigid, but it gives you a visual consistency throughout.
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