Posts Tagged With book design

Jan V. White: Designing for Magazines

Of his two hundred publications, Jan V. White published a couple very important books for designers and non-designers, which became key to understanding print design and publication. One of his most popular books, published in New York in 1988 by Watson-Guptill Publications, was “Graphic Design For The Electronic Age”. This piece was important for White…

Language of Vision

When I began this project I wasn’t exactly looking for a specific book to “judge.” As I wasn’t overly familiar with any of the books on the list, I really just wanted to pick one up and start exploring. I walked over the the reserved section at the Design Library, grabbed an off-white spine from…

The Faerie Queen

The book I chose was The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. I chose it because it was really very visually interesting, what with being really thick, looking old, and the gold leaf or whatever substance the gold on the cover is caught my attention immediately in a way that the regular beige would not have.…

Boom: Biography of Books

Boom! What can I say, Boom: Biography of Books by Irma Boom caught me completely by surprise. I went into the design library and their lay a plethora of books all different sizes, some in boxes and some not. I rifled through, and came to one that looked like the size of “To Kill a…

Die vier Buecher von der Nachfolge Christi

I chose Die vier Buecher von der Nachfolge Christi by Thomas von Kempis. Translated, this title means “The Four Books of the Following of Christ.” This edition of the book was published in 1922. Visually, the book looks to be a religious text without any context of what could be inside. The cover is textured…

Ancient Spanish Ballads: Historical and Romantic

Lockhart’s Ancient Spanish Ballads: Historical and Romantic (published 1842) has many interesting and beautiful design features. The book is large and rather heavy, but not so heavy that it is difficult to handle. Its front cover is bound in dark green leather embossed with golden floral designs that frame the title, set in all caps…

Asymmetric Typography

As I pulled Asymmetric Typography out of the stacks of other reserved books at the NCSU design Library, I immediately noticed how small it was. It appeared to be hiding closer to the back of the book shelf, in the shadows of two larger books beside it. In fact, I did not even find it…