Thinking Like A Book Designer
with Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut
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About The Class
Insight from leading design minds of our time
Jessica and Michael also share a series of behind-the-scenes interviews with seasoned designers working at the publishing giant Random House and award-winning design studio Pentagram. This class provides a full- bodied robust understanding of all the things that go into being a book designer, a classic tenet to anyone who makes things in the world.
Lesson 1: The History of Book design
Lesson 2: How to work with Grids, Grid Systems, and Text
Lesson 3: Approaches to Art Book Design
Lesson 4: How Book Design Engages and Entertains
Lesson 5: Approaches to Cover Design for Fiction
Lesson 6: What Makes a Successful Book Cover
Lesson 7: How to Approach Cover Design for a Series
Lesson 8: Detailing Book Anatomy Part 1
Lesson 9: Detailing Book Anatomy Part 2
Lesson 10: Approaches to Fine Tuning Typography
Lesson 11: Methods to Creating your Own Book
Lesson 12: Abbott Miller: Personal Book Project–Case Study
Lesson 13: Michael Bierut: Personal Book Project-Case Study
Lesson 14: Jessica Helfand: Personal Book Project–Case Study
Lesson 15: Best Practices in Book Design
The History of Book Design24:16
How to work with Grids, Grid Systems, and Text15:34
Approaches to Art Book Design41:27
How Magazine Design Engages And Entertains23:52
Approaches To Fiction Cover Design23:13
What Makes a Successful Book Cover14:57
How to Approach Cover Design for a Series24:23
Detailing Book Anatomy Part 119:28
Detailing Book Anatomy Part 213:09
Approaches to Fine Tuning Typography18:38
Abbott Miller: Personal Book Project–Case Study04:28
Michael Bierut: Personal Book Project-Case Study21:16
Jessica Helfand: Personal Book Project–Case Study15:57
Best Practices in Book Design And Final Q & A10:41
Jessica Helfand is a designer, writer, and educator. She has written for numerous national publications, and is the author of several books on visual and cultural criticism including Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture (2001), Reinventing the Wheel (2002) and the critically acclaimed ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980. Prior to joining Pentagram in 1990 as a partner in the firm’s New York office, he worked for ten years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
Approaches and Elements of Magazine Design - HD (1.4 GB)
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I had an opportunity to be in the live studio audience for Thinking Like a Book Designer. The session was rich with content, taking us through the whole process of what goes into designing a book as well as interviewing top book designers in the field. I also appreciated the lively exchange between the presenters Jessica Heifand and Michael Bierut. As someone who over the years got burned out as a graphic designer, feeling more like a machine than a designer often times, it reminded me of why I was drawn to become a graphic deisgner in the first place.
I had an opportunity to attend this amazing workshop by Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand. I was gained information about the history of book design, the do's and don'ts, and even insight on the industry itself. It was a surreal experience! My favorite part of the lesson has to be when Jessica and Michael interviewed other artists about their books, with an very in depth analysis on their design choices and process. After seeing Michael explain his design process for his book, I bought it after the class was done. Definitely worth the money for the lesson, and will be back for more!
Very engaging and informative class! My only 2 recommendations for the creators (if they read the comments) would be to add a pdf file of the presentation available to download (since it has all the references and visual examples) and, as someone below already mentioned, it would have been nice to actually see the magazine and book pages close-up just as they were being discussed in the videos. But overall I loved the course and the lecturers, who are a true inspiration.
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