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This was, of course, necessary given that we had no templates from which to work, and the various book designs were as new to me as they were to the students.
As a response to the limitations of HBiC/HLIC, The Surface of Meaning is not a comprehensive history of book design in Canada, even though the dust-jacket blurb promotes it as such.
The first half of the book introduces us to book design tools and considerations for finding visual solutions in book design.
As in the case of illustrations, book design elements should not only offer an appealing aesthetic experience, but also amplify the text (Nodelman, 1984).
However, the Church of England''s Consistory Court heard Abbey secured permission for a black granite wedge, without telling the church it would be an open book design.
"It was a book design - my dad was on one side and we were going to have my mam next to my dad on the right page.
Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography on Tschichold's writings and historical appendices of his inter-office memoranda and texts, "Jan Tschichold, Designer" is a significant addition to academic library collections on the history of publishing, and an especially recommended for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in typography, book design, and the publishing industry.
He begins by discussing traditional standards in typography and book design, also taking into consideration the manner in which the designer/typographer's personal tastes, sensitivity, and imagination shape the resulting artifact.
That tradition was crystallised in 1969 by Ian McHarg in his important book Design with Nature, and the editors of the present volume note the emergence of a backlash 'still ongoing in some professional circles', despite the fact that we are all now advocating sustainability, and stressing the essential links between architecture, forestry, geography, planning and soil science in the professional world of landscape management.
As these students had no experience with book design, I advised them to first look at novels in the library and to examine typographical layouts, headlines, chapter breaks and how illustrations were used to support the text.
He provides a brief overview of the history of the book, of book design, and of the origins of the University Library, concluding: "The future of the printed book lies in its qualities as a physical object." Like many readers and designers, he feels that the tactile qualities of paper and the many ways books can be constructed and finished will continue to attract fans.
Northern Exposures, a picture diary of country life in the North East by award winning photographer Chris Steele-Perkins, was shortlisted for a British Book Design and Production Award.