Penny Black Design specialise in all things book design. We work with publishers, book producers and authors to create visually stunning books for all markets.

How can we help you?

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what do we do

Book designers compile all the visual elements you see on the printed page. We take a manuscript and typeset it. Then, with just the right mix of images, a dash of graphical pizazz and a sprinkle of design magic ... ta-da! We create the printed book you see on the shelf!


We work closely with our clients to ensure every book cover is tailored for maximum appeal to its specific market, creating attractive covers that jump off the shelf and into the readers’ hands.


We will work with you to create the perfect internal-page design – integrating text, images and graphic elements to produce practical and vibrant layouts, be it for the educational or trade market.


We finely tune and format every line of text to create readable, clean and stylish pages. Our accuracy in typesetting and considered font choices make for an attractive finished product.

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We can source virtually any image you might need, including commissioning and briefing for original illustrations and photography. And we will do all the fiddly bits. Contouring, colour-correcting, manipulating, retouching or combining – whatever it takes to make the images sing!


With access to a network of professional editors, proofreaders and production managers, Penny Black can provide expert advice to ensure every facet of your book is of the highest quality.


We take deadlines seriously. Text, images, imprint, barcode, illustrations, blurb, diagrams, ISBN, labels, index, corrections, and, of course, deadlines – once these elements are with Penny Black, we'll take care of the rest.

We can:
• transfer files to printers • revise files for reprints • create files for co-editions • check colour proofs • liaise with your in-house publishing team • co-ordinate approvals • prepare marketing material for your book • utilise specialised print treatments • design with spot, mono or CMYK colours.

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Our diverse folio spreads far and wide across the publishing realm, from children’s trade, licensing and education to adult trade and marketing.

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about us

Our creative director, Julie, won’t rest until your book is picture-perfect. She prides herself on creating books that have their own individual and meaningful style to be admired and appreciated by the market and their readers.

experience matters

With years of in-house and freelance book-publishing experience under her graphic designer’s belt, Julie has created a multitude of gorgeous books. Within the industry, she has established herself as a highly creative, organised and diligent designer, with an impeccable eye for detail.

specialist skills

With expertise in paper engineering, packaging and marketing in conjunction with her exemplary design skills, Julie has the ability to create almost any designed product – print-ready and perfect.

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contact us

Choosing a book design specialist means you have an expert with a wealth of publishing knowledge working to create your ideal book. With a keen designer’s eye and a skill-set only gained by years of publishing experience, we create functional, beautiful and marketable books.

anywhere, anytime

From our base in Melbourne, Australia, we can help you create your book wherever you are in the world. From the early days of conception or just days from print, we’d love to hear about your project.

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