10 inspiring book production finishes

It all started with The Nose, a book I found in the ICA bookshop this weekend. Stunningly simple with a nose shape cut out of a hardback, linen covered cover (so far, the book seems to be about a man who has lost a nose).

Now that people are reading books online or on their ipads, Kindles etc., publishers are eager to make their books into beautiful gift items with the aim of making more sales. Great news for designers!

Here are a few really beautiful book cover finishes:

1. The Nose by Nikolai Gogol and designed by John Morgan Studio.


2. Liberty Style with patterned page ends, designed by myself, Caroline Clark Design.

3, 4, 5 & 6. Some beautiful old books. Top: Flaubert with an embossed cover; next, a book about aircraft with a subtle, gold foil blocked plane in one corner; PSmith Journalist with a block colour illustration on linen and lastly, Complete Home Knitting with a very wide weave linen cover and a wonderful image, just slightly debossed.

7, 8, 9 & 10. Top: Every Grain of Rice (designed by myself!). Block colour rice illustration printed onto a linen look cover with a bright pink ribbon marker. Next, the Flavour Thesaurus with striking red page ends; Polpo with its open spine and lastly, Peyton and Byrne with a doily printed and embossed onto a linen look cover.