Course Description

This course outlines the basics of good book design in the context of evolving computer technology. The focus of the course is to equip the student with the knowledge, skills, and procedures necessary to make appropriate choices in designing books. Specific topics include designing appropriately for different audiences, selecting appropriate typefaces and sizes, making page layouts with photos and illustrations, matching visual structure to editorial structure, selecting appropriate materials, designing jackets and covers, and cost implications of design decisions. Although no specific computer application will be taught, students may be expected to complete assignments using either word-processing or page-layout applications.


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.

All course assignments will be completed in Adobe InDesign. It is strongly recommended that students complete CDPB 212 or have equivalent Adobe Suite software (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) experience prior to taking this course.

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