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30 Eye-Catching Table of Contents Designs

Next to cover design, the next thing that a person sees whenever he or she reads a book or a magazine is the table of contents (TOC). As a designer, one therefore needs to realize the importance of making the table of contents as interesting as the cover page. In the past, table of contents is one of the most neglected part of a book cover, annual report designs or magazine layout simply because this page only contains the main parts of the publication and their respective locations. However, recently, we have seen a trend towards making the table of contents visually appealing. Now, we see graphic elements, photos and creative typographic designs in the TOC.

In case you are looking for some inspiration in creating visually rich TOC, we have compiled here a total of 30 mouth-watering TOC designs for you to check out. To know more about each design, simply click on the preview image.

01-Superinteressante Magazine – Table of Contents
These are some pages from the table of contents of Superinteressante Magazine. The spreads are designed to display the magazine’s content, including pages, pictures, texts and subjects, as data visualization. Every issue features a different graphic solution. We are featuring only two of examples below. Follow the link to see more awesome table of contents design examples.

sample table of contents for magazine

02-Table of Contents of an Annual Report
Here’s a clean and minimal  vertical table of contents layout of an Annual Report.

annual report table of contents example

03-Table of Contents of Morphosys 2007 Annual Report

annual report table of contents sample

04-Magazine Spread: Table of Contents
The table of contents page for Connect Magazine.

magazine table of contents sample

05-The Washington Post – Local Living Table of Contents
A For this table of contents of The Washington Post’s Local Living, a stack of books was used to make it unique.

unusual table of contents sample

06-Magazine Spread: Table of Contents-Features
A very neat concept for a table of contents. The key to achieving this look is to use nice photos.

magazine spread table of contents

07-Table of Contents Layout for a magazine

table of contents example for school

08-Eye Magazine Table of Contents Redesign
The first photo is the actual table of contents and the second is the experimental version. Which one do you think is better?

typographic table of contents sample

typographic table of contents sample

09-Graphis
Table of Contents design for Graphis Magazine. The idea of incorporating a map of the solar system grew out of the desire to communicate all that the international magazine encompasses.

sample table of contents - graphis magazine

10-Book Re-Design
This table of contents is part of the re-design of the once-hideous book How to do Almost Anything, edited by Jason Roberts.

book table of contents sample

11-Sample Table of Contents
Using diagonal lines can create a unique interest in a rather bland and simple design as shown in the example below.

diagonal table of contents design

12-TOC of Stark Magazine

sample table of contents for magazine

13-Table of Contents for Knitcircus Winter 2010–11

magazine spread table of contents

14-Tables of Contents: Extra Ordinary

magazine spread table of contents

15-Table of contents: Eating and Competing (1984)
An Olympic athlete cookbook published in 1984 by Philmay Enterprises, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia

cookbook sample table of contents

16-Redesign for a Spread Magazine Table of Contents

redesign for a table of contents red

17-Metro Arts Lifestyle Magazine
Table of contents for a fictional lifestyle magazine called Metro Arts.

magazine spread table of contents with photos

18-TOC Design Concept for VIP Magazine

food magazine table of contents design

19-Concept layout for a table of contents for a Science Magazine

sample table of contents for magazine

20-Orange Coast Magazine Table of Contents (Redesign)

table of contents for magazine redesign

21.Sample table of contents concept for a magazine

table of contents with big numbers

22-Elephant Magazine – Table of Contents

sample table of contents for magazine

23-Sample Table of Contents for a Sports Magazine

sports table of contents sample

24-Magazine Spread: Table of Contents
Here is an example of table of contents that makes use of minimalist approach to create a modern look and feel.

modern table of contents sample

25- Simple table of contents page for a travel book

travel book table of contents sample

26-Table of Contents for a mock magazine job

sample table of contents for magazine

27-CMYK Magazine: Table of Contents

typographic table of contents for design magazine

28-Concept Table of Contents for a Design Magazine

design magazine table of contents sample with thumbnails

29-Pure – Table of Contents
Pure Magazine Table of Contents editorial layout.

food magazine table of contents design

30-Print Magazine Table of Contents Featuring an Abstract Layout

creative typographic table of contents sample

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2 Comments

  1. I like SPIN magazine :)

  2. Nice collection full of inspiration. I like the “03-Table of Contents of Morphosys 2007 Annual Report” the most.

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