January 10, 2013 The Art of Book Design
At MinaLima, the art of book design plays quite a big role in our portfolio of work. We have done quite a lot of book design in the past and on some recent projects as well, to be revealed soon. We really enjoy projects that involve this element of design as it’s a fascinating territory and there is so much to learn in order to master the art well.
Book design featured heavily for us as part of our work on the Harry Potter films, especially towards the end as the role of some books invovled played a pivotal part in the plot.
One of those books was ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ which was a very unique piece of book design as it included many design methods such as foiling, blocks and dye cuts. This book was featured in The Deathly Hallows Part One, and the front cover of the book is now part of the print range for sale on The Printorium.
Since work on the early Harry Potter films, the Wyvern Bindery in Clerkenwell has played a big role in the creation of the books we have designed. They offer bespoke binding services and specialise in smaller/one off productions of very unique designs. The skill involved in the beautiful work they produce is a rare find, and they have been a true asset to the work we’ve created over the years.
We were recently thrilled to hear about the launch of the London Centre for Book Arts which has just opened in East London. It is the UK’s first open-access educational book arts centre and they offer workshops and classes in paper making letterpress printing, bookbinding and book arts. We think it’s wonderful that an establishment has opened which educates and values the details and skills involved in book arts. Let us know if you’re planning a visit, we sure are!
Below are images displaying some of our book design work, including designs for the Harry Potter Films and a more recent WOOP Studios publication.