Book Design – Beam Studio
Monographs, artist’s books and catalogues
Beam Editions is dedicated to the art and craft of designing monographs, artists books and catalogues. Our books are designed to frame the narrative of the artist's work with a compelling, tactile and light touch. Whilst we design books of beauty, the artwork is always central.
We can work anywhere in the world
We work in the UK and internationally. We recognise that many projects may have international partners involved. We can visit you wherever you are in the world at key stages in the project and work for longer periods of time, bringing our design studio to you.
What makes a good monograph?
When designing a monograph we often start by reading the texts and researching the artist, building a comprehensive understanding of the artworks and themes. This includes reviewing previous publications, visiting exhibitions, reviewing archives and the artist studios.
From this research we effectively translate the perspectives of the contributors, (curators, writers, artists and estates) with the sensitivity required to produce beautiful and compelling books.
We can work one-on-one with writers, considering the structure of the book and every page spread in detail. We believe serious books require a bespoke approach to truly express the ideas of the artist and perspective of the writer.
Exhibition catalogues often need to be produced quickly in response to a specific exhibition. Our deep understanding of production methods, papers and materials means we can still produce catalogues that are beautiful and highly considered even when time is of the essence. When there is less content, the details matter more.
Artist’s books – How we work with artists
Artist’s books can take many shapes and forms. We see these projects as a collaborative process where help to bring alive the artists ideas in book form, taking a design approach that is stylistically sensitive to the artists work and concept.
Our approach to typography
With 20 years experience in typography and design, we make books that are beautiful to handle and read, with an uncompromising approach to using the world’s best typefaces. A true understanding of typography commands an emotion and strength of ideas that makes the narrative truly compelling.