On Book Design

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Overview

How is a book designed? What do book designers think about as they turn manuscripts into printed books? In this unique and appealing volume, 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. 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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Award-winning book designer Hendel sets out the approaches and considerations that contribute to creating a fine volume. He includes such variables as the book's size and shape, typeface for text and display, the arrangement of type on the page, and typographical details for all parts of the book within manufacturing and budget limits. He uses two of his own designs as case studies. Then eight other designers offer their views. A brief glossary is included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300075700
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,057,853
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 Looking Like Books 7
Books for Now 11
The Ephemeral Verities 24
So What? 25
Is the Crystal Goblet Broken? 27
2 The Design Begins Here 31
The Design of High Lonesome 61
The Design of On Book Design 79
3 How Designers Work 87
David Bullen 91
Ron Costley 105
Richard Eckersley 127
Sandra Strother Hudson 145
Mary Mendell 155
Anita Walker Scott 165
Humphrey Stone 177
Virginia Tan 189
Glossary 199
Further Reading 203
Index 205
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