I did a publication design class this semester. Probably not quite as much info on being exuberant within the book space as I would’ve liked – they talked far more about magazines. I’m interested in book design and I’d love to be more experimental rather than conventional but I am hesitant probably because I value the integrity of the text… which is why I don’t like David Carson (Typographer). You see these marvelous book designs but the book becomes a work of art (or a mess) and no longer a book and I kind of don’t see the point… So, the assignment option was either a book or a magazine. My 10,000 words was a selection of Hans Christian Anderson stories. I also chose to generate my own images – you didn’t have to. Thought I’d have some fun with photography – some of which you have seen previously. Anyway, below are a few of the book spreads.
I had an awful experience with printing in that they made a bit of a mess in trimming my book so some of the white edge is now… erm, closer to a bleed and was rough. But the bookbinder I tracked down was lovely and next time I would get any trimming done only through him (you live and learn) – he at least fixed the rough edge, was VERY reasonably priced and even gave me some gold leaf on the cover for free – very tasteful I might add! So the printing wasn’t overly beautiful (along with the cover sleeve) but digital printing is a little limited in many regards especially if you go through someone cheap and quick. All the imagery is my own.