Speciality and Coffee Table Book Design Services

Designs with that WOW! factor

We are used to dealing with many different titles and genres, and can offer a tailored made service to suit each project’s requirements.

A Carnival of the Flesh by Andrew J. Lambie

At Chandler Book Design we are proud to showcase this title. In a world full of digital ebooks, iPads, iPhones and Kindles, it is so refreshing to hold and read such a beautiful book. Printed on quality paper, the block is sewn and bound at a small bindery near Oxford using traditional methods, and finished by hand. The case has been covered in high grade Dubletta cotton cloth, then foil blocked in two colours from a commissioned illustration, organised by Chandler Book Design. Inside is as luxuriant as the front, being Limited Edition and hand numbered, with a full colour illustration and specially designed drop caps and chapter headings, again arranged by us. The book is a pleasure to read and hold and will be something you will treasure.

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The publisher says:

From the beginning, Guerilla Books set out to produce books that are a little different, that is: a cut above average, mass-market big sellers, in both content and form.

Finding the appropriate author can be tricky enough, but finding the right people to guide us through the minefield of contemporary book design could have been a nightmare. Luckily, John Chandler and his personable crew have been on hand through every stage, from concept to finished tome. John understood at once we were after something exceptional, and he delivered and then some. He is professional, accessible, and extremely efficient, and has the essential knack of great designers of listening to what is desired and being able to convert it into imagery, rather than foist his own interpretation on the project.

We’ve now completed four titles with Chandler Book Design. We look forward to many more.

A Caravan Holiday – A Trip Down Memory Lane on Two Wheels by Len Smith

Forgotten Titles specialises in bringing ‘forgotten’ titles back to life and into print. Their latest project A Caravan Holiday – A Trip Down Memory Lane on Two Wheels – recalls a holiday made by Len Smith, his wife and friends around the south of England in 1932. Len, an accredited war artist, painted watercolours every step of the way and kept a daily diary. Until now his diary has only been read by his immediate family.

We asked Chandler Design to handle the complete design of this title. It was far from being a straight forward project. It has colour images (watercolors) on almost every page and also black and white photographs as well. The text needed to reflect the hand-written charm of the original diary. John came up with many suggestions to enhance the look of the book and his technical and artistic ability has meant that we have ended up with a very strong product. Calling on his ability has enabled us, a very small publisher, to level the playing field when we are competing with the very large publishing houses. The design was also completed on time and everyone who picks up the book comments on it high quality. We look forward to working with him on our next title which is also likely to be technically challenging.

The end product has turned out even better than we imagined and the cover as a paper case cover with the gold lettering was the icing on the cake. The attention to detail from cover through to back is evident on the final product. It has had good press from the Daily Telegraph a number of local newspapers in the South East, it was featured on Radio 4’s The Today programme and book sales have started well.Tim Barlass/Founder, Forgotten Titles