book design

. . . body language for your writing

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A story goes beyond the words

Design is all about enhancing functionality and impact, as well as aesthetics. Through design, words make their first impact on a reader. A good design reflects the content of the book / report / document, but also the spirit and intent of the author, drawing the reader in and guiding them through the work . . . without getting in their way.

As an independent graphic designer, I pride myself on my curiosity, consideration and commitment. My goal is creating clean, coherent designs for my clients, where attention to detail enhances everyone's experience.

“A book is an island of calm, where nuance and explanation are still possible.”

On Visual Design

Visual design is far more than logos and icons: it is a systematic way of reinforcing the message through the design of the communications.

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My Story

I'm passionate about the design of “long-form” content, especially books and other information-rich systems. Complex ideas are carried by clear design.

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About Paul Nylander and illustrada

My passion is book design: long-form content, including handbooks, guide books, business reports, and other conveyors of information. As a lover of books and other tactile information systems, I focus my work on information design, publication & editorial design, and data visualization, while leveraging my love of writing, photography, print making, and illustration. Taking the time to learn, then using that understanding to explain—in words and images—is what I do best. Contact me at

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