tested out chain stitch binding and coptic stitch binding which I might possibly use for my book 
need to consider the number of pages I have and the paper weight that I’m going to use in order to decide what binding would work best 

will look into japanese binding and see how I could manipulate it to fit my concept better

Food Chocolate Design – a beautiful book done by Happy Centro and Sabadi. I really like the combination of a colorful exposed stitch on the spine with the organic feeling of the cover. The typography is also really creative. 

A book on Chinese Hundred Surname done by Ice Tong. I like how she’s used the incorporated the stitching/binding of the book with the chinese characters/title. I think the modern and simplistic design of the book makes the history of Chinese surnames more interesting as it’s easier to look at and more bearable for some.