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Spring Work, not Break

Today we’re having a lecture on Book Design and on Grids. It’s somewhat of an overview/inspiration to get you thinking more about what you will do with your book. The readings to complete over the next week and a half are:

“You Can Judge a Book by its Cover,” from HOW Magazine. In the Box.

On book design:

And, on grids:

There is also an updated calendar schedule in the Box. Don’t forget that your outlines and your initial comps (3 sets) are due Monday after Spring Break. Ironically, that is also the Ides of March. So, avoid critique assassination and come prepared!

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested.
FRANCIS BACON
As you move full swing into your book development and design, here are some online sources to further inform and inspire.
On book design:
On grids:
(Follow the links to parts 2 thru 5)
On kerning:
This is just a small sampling of resources. Also, if you haven’t already, download the article, You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover in the Box, generously permitted by HOW Magazine.
We’ll leave book cover design and the plethora of online galleries and blogs for another post.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested.
—FRANCIS BACON

As you move full swing into your book development and design, your goal should be to control the pacing and exhibit variety within consistency. And of course to have impeccable typography, and leave room for a surprise or two.

Here are some online sources to further inform and inspire.

On book design:

The underlying structure of your page (spread), once designed, is there to make your life easier in the layout phase, and to provide clarity for your reader. But don’t get lazy! Decide when it may be appropriate to break the grid for meaning, for logistics, for spark.

On grids:

On kerning (since we talked about it in class today and you know this is a subject dear to me):

This is just a small sampling of resources… Also, if you haven’t already, download the article, You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover in the Box, generously permitted by HOW Magazine.

We’ll leave book cover design and the plethora of online galleries and blogs for another post.