Monday, 26 January 2015

OUGD404 - Brief 2 - Study Task 1 - Book Research

Research into various binding methods
layout, grids, paragraphs, columns, etc

Today we had a design principles session in the studio. In preparation for the session we were asked to bring in three examples of what we consider to be book. This was an interesting thing to do, as after last weeks design principles task I had a very different idea/concept of what a book can be as opposed to my preconceived ideas. A book has a definitive definition, but even that is quite misleading and hazy.

In today's session we were also  introduced to study task two, in which we have to produce an A4 black and white guide on how to make a certain type of folded book/publication. We have a few weeks to be getting on with this.

Various binding methods:

Below are examples of books that I took in to share with people and also what others brought in. We were asked to bring in anything we thought was a book. We defined our own books. I brought in a free newspaper: this publication was simply made using a staple binding technique, saddle stitched. The stock is newsprint which is a very cheap stock, allowing the newspaper to circulate for free. The layout inside the newspaper is nice, utilizing the large layout space well. 

Leeds College of Art College Magazine: Again this publication is very simply staple bound, but the stock is heavier and of a more premium quality. The layout of this magazine is fairly irregular as it covers a lot of different topics and has a broad range of content. 

A hot dog folded book found laying around the college: The Hot Dog Booklet has a front and back cover and six pages inside. You can use any size paper. To make multiple copies of a book, make a blank book with plain copy paper (no writing on either side). Write and illustrate your book with black marker or pen. Open the sheet and lay it face down on a copier. Make as many copies as you want. Fold and cut each one. This is what's so fun and easy about hot dog booklets, they can be reproduced so simply and so easily

A scratch map: a took this map into the studio as to me this is a book,. For hundreds of years, maps have been folded and formatted into book like shapes and publications. This map to me is no different. It folds out but is still technically information printed on paper. When you visit a nation you can scratch it off on the map, thus creating a story as you travel. My table thought that this was an interesting interpretation/example of what a book can be.

Examples of what others consider to be a book: 

Concertina fold:

Takeaway menus are types of books

Inside a free newspaper: this example was not bound at all, simply folded sheets of paper paginated in order

This book has been bound together with string

An example of a closed spinne on a book which as been perfectly bound

Another example of a closed spine

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