Designing a Book Cover: Concept & Digitizing, with Faride Mereb

In this two-session workshop, students will learn how to design a book cover from concept to a finished design.

This workshop will take place over two sessions:

Wednesday, July 15, 10am-12:30pm EST

Wednesday, July 22, 10am-12:30pm EST

In this two-session workshop, students will learn how to design their own book cover with instructor Faride Mereb. On day one, students will be looking at different case studies and examples. Students may bring an idea for a book or an in-progress work. We will discuss students’ books and their concepts for their book covers.

On day two, we will focus on the designing and digitizing of our own book cover file using Illustrator, Photoshop & Indesign for examples. Students may use any of these programs for their cover design.

Students should bring a drawing, photo or scan of the elements they want to use and a reference of something similar of what they look forward to achieving.

You should have the following materials:

– Adobe suite: Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

– Measuring tape, pencil, paper

– digital photos, illustrations, handwriting, scans

– a draft or idea of what you would like to achieve

About the Instructor:

Faride Mereb is an award-winning book designer, art director, researcher and editor. Originally from Venezuela, she is currently based in New York City and holds ongoing artistic collaborations in Latin America and Europe. She is the founder of Letra Muerta Press and continues to work with master printer Javier Aizpurua in Venezuela for his renowned press Ex Libris. She was exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in a 2020 Featured Artist Project titled The Private Life of Rag Dolls.

All images courtesy of the instructor and Samuel Gonzalez.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.