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6 Professional Layout Design Tips
06 Sep 2018

6 Professional Layout Design Tips

If you are new to design, it’s a good idea to start with the basics. A layout is the way in which text and images are arranged. When these elements are combined effectively, the memorability of your content, its visual impact, and the viewer’s experience will be heightened exponentially. Media such as books, websites, advertisements, and museum walls all use layout in different forms. In...

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Layflat Visions from Graphic Designer Jarrod Bryan
04 Sep 2018

Layflat Visions from Graphic Designer Jarrod Bryan

For graphic designer Jarrod Bryan, the architecture of buildings is about much more than bricks and mortar. It demonstrates how the power of the creative process can bring one good idea to life, in stunning ways. His most recent project, Visions, celebrates this narrative, leveraging the seamless spreads of a Layflat Photo Book to showcase his skills as a professional designer with a story to...

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Made with Large Order Services │Unthinkable
01 Sep 2018

Made with Large Order Services │Unthinkable

Illustrator Paul Plumadore spent two decades coaxing the story of Unthinkable out of ten mysterious images that caught his imagination. When the story was fully formed, he turned to Blurb’s Large Order Services team for help bringing his vision to life, while staying true to his original source of inspiration. We caught up with him to hear the full story behind a book with some...

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50+ Ideas for Writing a Book You Can Start Today
31 Aug 2018

50+ Ideas for Writing a Book You Can Start Today

Maybe you haven’t written your book yet because you’re afraid it means hiding away, churning out page after page of a novel that may never be finished. But writing a book can mean anything you want it to—it’s not just for lonely novels. There’s the old saying that we should write what we know, and you may know more than you think. Unless you’re a...

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Book Layout & Design Ideas │Layout 4
30 Aug 2018

Book Layout & Design Ideas │Layout 4

This blog series is designed to provide some basic book design ideas for your books, magazines, or ebooks. The spreads you see here, and the added notes, are not meant to be reflections of perfect book design or book layout, only a baseline from which to begin your own book journey. This image is from a series titled “Man vs Nature” which detailed topics like big...

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How to Write a Book Proposal and Why You Need One to Publish
29 Aug 2018

How to Write a Book Proposal and Why You Need One to Publish

All publishers are gamblers. Your job, as a writer or photographer who wants to be published, is to convince them that your project is a good bet. They are trying to select, from an enormous pile of possibilities, which book is most likely to be profitable. Every book they sign is a risk. To complicate matters, many first-time authors don’t realize how much of the...

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