On Book DesignHardback
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- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Format: Hardback | 222 pages
- Dimensions: 180mm x 282mm x 25mm | 794g
- Publication date: 4 January 1999
- Publication City/Country: New Haven
- ISBN 10: 0300075707
- ISBN 13: 9780300075700
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 203,890
How is a book designed? What do book designers think about as they turn mansucripts into printed books? In this volume the book designer Richard Hendel and other book designers discuss their approaches and working methods. They consider the problems posed by a wide range of projects - selection of 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 buget limitations. As omnipresent as books are, few readers are aware of the "invisible" craft of book designing. The task of 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 best to serve the author's words. Hendel does not epouse a single philosophy of design or 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 show how they achieve the most effective visual presentation of words, offering many examples to illustrate their choices.
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It is clear from the first glance that this is a book intended primarily for book designers, whether experienced or novice - although it will obviously also attract those readers and authors who have an interest in knowing how books end up looking the way they do. In it, the author and eight other book designers consider the problems posed by a wide range of projects: the selection of a book's size and shape, the choice of typeface for text and display, the arrangement of type on the page, and the determination of typographic details for all parts of the book within manufacturing and budgetary limitations. While it is undoubtedly true that a book's design has a pronounced bearing on its appeal to the reader - a good design will of course make any book more readable and the information it contains more accessible and easier to absorb - it is perhaps disputable that the level of detail in this volume - admirable though it is - will appeal beyond the professional and a very small number of readers who concern themselves with the minutiae of book design. (Kirkus UK)