Booklet Design

The most extensive pieces consisting of multiple pages, are called “booklets” irrespective of their objective. In most cases, they correspond to stapled or glued sheets (ie, bound with spine). This decision is based on the number of pages, and the size and thickness of paper. If they are stapled, the pages are always a multiple of 4 (each sheet is folded and this creates four panels or pages), whereas, if they are glued and bound with spine, they should be at least a multiple of 2 (each sheet contains 2 pages). The booklet can be divided into a cover, a back cover, and internal pages.

Booklets are used as a storage medium for large amounts of information. They are used for various purposes: we come across booklets in the form of small songbooks with lyrics and credits of the artists in the packaging of CDs and DVDs, user manuals and warranties in household appliances, as well as in the form of catalogs, poetry or prose books, picture books, company balance sheets, etc.

Sizes, number of colors and papers used in printing are highly variable according to the intention and objective of the piece.

The design of a booklet begins with the design of the grids (grids that will have to be respected throughout the document), which is followed by templates design (layout basis of each type of page), and finally by the content design (“setting”), which is incorporated into each page based on the templates. It is for this reason that the price of this work must take into account not only the amount of content (pages and sizes), but also its homogeneity and complexity (it is much easier to piece together a textbook, where the layout of every page is the same throughout the whole document, than the one, in which every page has a different template).