Book Review: Print Handbook for designers

I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on the Print Handbook for designers by the kind folks of the UK-based Media Collective. So today I’m gonna give you a short, but concise insight into this book, call it a book review if you like. Not to worry though, there’s gonna be a lot of pictures too. Let’s have a look then, shall we.

What’s in it?

Print Handbook Cover+Spread

The print handbook is a very handy tool which every designer doing print work can benefit from. It is full of printed experiments and examples, plus a whole load of reference material. Here’s a few examples of the stuff that’s included:

  • Most common paper sizes chart
  • Examples of different blacks printed on gloss paper
  • Selection of brochure folds
  • Unit conversion chart
  • Text point sizes comparison



The handbook takes out the guesswork that happens when your job goes from screen to print. It even features a ruler all around the (fold-out) cover.

Final Words



The Print Handbook has now found its place on my desk. It’s a great reference for every print designer and I can highly recommend it. There’s loads of references that you can find on the internet, but it’s always better to have real-life, physical examples. For more info about the book and to buy it go to Starting at £4 (incl. shipping) for the UK there’s no reason not to get it.

Written by Franz Jeitz

Franz Jeitz is a freelance designer and owner of Fudgegraphics. Originally from Luxembourg he now lives in London. Franz loves design, music and is a tea enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter.

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2 Awesome Responses so far
  1. £4! That’s a bargain, we definitely need to say a big thanks to Media Collective. Even if you already know a lot of what’s in the book, it’s still a beautifully designed and crafted piece of print in itself so there really is no reason not to get one. It’s a great tool to refer back to as well and with lots of samples, there’s loads to look at.

  2. OK, you got my attention with this review. When I first got into design, I was really scared about printing. Found that this kind of books can come handy when the time comes, makes things easier.

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