Book design

Every book is unique so every design we do has to be too. One of the biggest creative challenges is designing a book which is one-of-a-kind and encourages you to pick it up and read it. With over 20 years of experience in book design, we pride ourselves in being able to create classic, original and beautiful book covers – contemporary designs which can stand out in the crowd.

Book cover design

Assorted book cover designs by Penguin Boy

Bold and contemporary. Eye-catching and beautiful. Arresting and thought-provoking. We want all our book covers to tell a story.

We aim to make every book cover we design unique and use contemporary imagery and typography to help communicate what a book is about and make it attractive enough to jump off the shelves (whether in physical or digital format).

We have designed book covers for a wide range of subjects and use many different styles to bring each design to life.

See some examples of our book design in our portfolio.

Creative book layouts

As experienced designers we can also work on creating layouts for the internal pages of any book. From simple typesetting to creating seamless full colour designs, we use our flair for design to give a unique feel to a book.

We understand how user experience and user journeys can be applied to book layouts which can help tackle complicated structures and formats.

We can also help with finding imagery, either by sourcing quality photography and illustrations from image libraries to commissioning bespoke illustrations and organising photo shoots.

Live Lent with Christian Aid book designs
Prayer by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell book designs

‘Penguin Boy not only has an excellent eye for good design, resulting in some beautiful cover designs, but they are also an absolute pleasure to work with. They are efficient, dedicated and think outside the box. I’d highly recommend them for book covers or other design projects’ 

David Shervington – Senior Commissioning Editor, SCM Press

‘Penguin Boy are the best kind of designers. They always listen well and ask good questions about a brief, and I can rely on them to come up with creative solutions and options to consider. Nothing is ever too much trouble, however complicated the project – they always goes the extra mile and are a pleasure to work with’

Tracey Messenger – Commissioning Editor, SPCK

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Penguin Boy on a number of book projects recently, and everyone here has been delighted with the finished cover and page designs. PEnguin Boy interprets a brief sensitively, and I’m always pleasantly surprised with the range of creative concepts he supplies. What I have valued most however is their professional expertise. They are not afraid to say when ideas may not work from a design perspective (and why), and always supplies alternative suggestions. They are fast and communicative, and even with the distance between the UK and Australia, our projects have gone extremely smoothly with excellent results. He has really helped to inject some new life into the list with his designs.’

Emma Cooper, Senior Publisher, Macmillan Education Australia

Self-Publishing and going digital

The publishing industry has changed considerably over the past 20 years with the introduction of self-publishing and digital publishing and we can help with many of the additional challenges in getting your book distributed.

We can format the book ready for distribution digitally on kindle and tablets. We can also help get a book printed and source competitive costs for producing the book in both large and short runs.

Contact us to find out more.

Self-publishing book design

Publicity and marketing

We can also advise on how to promote your book and create a wide range of marketing materials to help publicise your book, including:-

  • publicity leaflets, flyers and posters
  • Ad design for magazines and newspapers
  • social media adverts
  • point-of-sale stands
  • exhibition and banner stands
  • website

Interested to find out more? Want a conversations? We love to talk to new people to see if we can help them. Contact us.

Being Reverend publicity and marketing material