On Book Design

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Yale University Press, 1998 - Art - 210 pages
How is a book designed? What do book designers think about as they turn manuscripts into printed books? In this unique and appealing volume, the award-winning book designer Richard Hendel and eight other talented book designers discuss their approaches and working methods. They consider the problems posed by a wide range of projects--selection of a book's size and shape, choice of typeface for text and display, arrangement of type on the page, and determination of typographic details for all parts of the book within manufacturing and budget limitations.

As omnipresent as books are, few readers are aware of the "invisible" craft of book designing. The task a book designer faces is different from that faced by other designers. The challenge, says Hendel, isn't to create something different or pretty or clever but to discover how to best serve the author's words. Hendel does not espouse a single philosophy of design or offer a set of instructions; he shows that there are many ways to design a book. In detailed descriptions of the creative process, Hendel and the eight other designers, who represent extensive experience in trade and scholarly publishing in the United States and Great Britain, show how they achieve the most effective visual presentation of words, offering many examples to illustrate their choices. Written not only for seasoned and novice book designers, this book will fascinate others in publishing as well as all readers and authors who are curious to know how books end up looking the way they do.


 

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A great postmodern how to guide about what book design means today, and with nine designers sharing their process about how, individually, go about designing a book. Highly recommended. Read full review

Contents

Introduction ix
2
1986
3
LOOKING LIKE BOOKS
7
1987
17
Sioux
22
THE DESIGN BEGINS HERE
31
Thomas Banyacya
37
1988
39
Ron Costley
105
S USS EX
121
Richard Eckersley
127
Sandra Strother Hudson 14ſ
145
Mary Mendell
155
Preface ix
158
Anita Walker Scott
165
Humphrey Stone
177

IN EH
45
The Spectacle of AIDS
46
TULA lip
52
Photography and AIDS
60
ONoN DAGA
64
AIDS or HIV Disease?
76
David Bullen
91
C
186
Virginia Tan
189
Acknowledgments
193
Glossary
199
For Further Reading 349
203
Index 20ſ
205
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Richard Hendel is associate director and design and production manager at the University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.

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