Book Design
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Communication Design
Course Number: PUCD 3030
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Typography
  • Publication & Editorial Design
For over 500 years, the printed book has been one of the main methods for the storage and transmission of information in the world, but what does it mean to make a book today? How can we make books that are appropriate (in both form and content) to the present moment? In this class, students will explore ways of designing and producing books. We’ll investigate fundamental design principles (layout, grids, typography) as well as the practical aspects of book production (developing projects, working with publishers, working within production constraints). We’ll work on three main projects: an image-based photo book, and experimental grid-based book produced using inexpensive materials, and a large-scale book project. In addition, we will have a number of discussions based on given readings as well as lectures on historical and contemporary book design.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Communication Design and Design & Technology majors, juniors and seniors only. Pre-requisite(s): PUCD 2025 Core Studio Typography


Not open to Graduate students.


Open to Communication Design students.

Open to Design and Technology students.