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    DescriptionHow 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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    On Book Design
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Hendel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 222
    Width: 184 mm
    Height: 266 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 860 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300075700
    ISBN 10: 0300075707

    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BIC subject category V2: AKLB
    Libri: I-AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15860
    BISAC V2.8: ART025000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A28441200
    BISAC V2.8: TEC040000
    Abridged Dewey: 686
    DC22: 686
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 741.64
    LC classification: Z116.A3 H46 1998
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: DES001000
    BIC subject category V2: AKH
    Thema V1.0: AKLB, AKH
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    04 January 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Review text
    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)