Saturday, March 18, 2006

new book design

design: Andreas Laeufer
project: Mined
To open is to destroy. The cover is nothing more than shrinkwrapped polythene - the yellow block on the front is in the fact stuckon to the plastic. The book does not seek to hide the industrial techniques in its production; the binding is raw and exposed. The pages have not been trimmed down which means would- viewers require a lot of commitment. Not only do they have to rip off the cover, they then have to tear the pages to see the content. Sandwiched in the middle of the thick volume are 'tools for life' -a pair of scissors and some thread. Are they there to assist with the healing necessary after the many acts of destruction the reader must carry out to access the book itself?

design: Aboud Sodano (case:Jonathan Ive)
project: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything
Expanded polystyrene is used as the outer packaging for this book about the British fashion designer Paul Smith. The form echoes that of a large leather-bound volume. The packaging provides more than just protection for the book during shipping; it becomes a kind of dust jacket that is both disposable and cherishable. Inside this custom case, the polystyrene structure carefully holds in place the book itself, which comes in a variety of cloth covers, all cut froma selectionof the designer's textiles. In fact, owing to the varying crops of the different clothes, eachcover is unique. The buyer has no idea what his or her cover will loke like until the protective case has been cracked open.
The casing also houses a Paul Smith branded magnifying glass, partially as a visual pun on the title of the book: 'You Can Find Inspiration in Everything' - And If You Can't, Look Again!'

design: Michael Worthington
project: Uta Barth: Nowhere Near & Uta Barth:..And in Time
These two books, produced in 1999 and 2000, show the work of the photographer Uta Barth. The same design scheme has been used in both. This set the often bleached-out images in large areas of text-free white space. Both volumes have essays at the back; these are set using a palette of muted, pale colours that reflect the hue of the photography.

design: Michael Worthington
project: Uta Barth: In Between Places
Containing essays, gallery views and full-page images, this book has a variety of paces. Full-bleed images continue on preceding and following pages, contrasting with much smaller reproductions which are given ample space in which to breath.


carley said...

these are really lovely. i like that the presentation is very clean and crisp because of all the white space. i especially like the first yellow book. the idea of the reader being forced to destroy parts of the book in order to view it is interesting. it provides an original experience as compared to other books. personally, i think i would be a bit uncomfortable with the experience because you usually dont want to mess up a book. the interaction required is interesting.

the photography in the second book is nice for its attention to subtle variations of light and color captured with the sunlit windows.

unmi said...

Laefur's yellow book is interesting how the viewers have to destroy the book to actually read it. It feels very unique to expose the binding technique where it usually 'hides the industrial techniques in its production'. Every time the viewers cut up the page, it would feel like unwrapping a gift. However, I would feel a bit uncomfortable destroying the book like carley, not only I'm worried about that I might mess up the book but I like to keep books as new and clean so every time I open it, it feels new. But this book really forces the viewers to destroy the book the way it's designed.

I also like sodano's book with an outer packaging. The cover functions as multi purpose. As you mentioned, it protects the book during the shipping, or like a dust jacket.

Both of these books are challenging the viewers because they have to buy it without knowing what the inside is going to look like. It makes the viewers curious because the packaging is so attractive and has to be destroyed to actually see the book.

ashleep said...

The first book that was done by Andreas Laeufer is really interesting to me. I dont know how i would feel if i spent a lot of money to buy the book, then I have to tear the pages to look at the contents. It would be an unusual feeling to want to look at the concealed pages so badly, but yet we dont want to destroy the book. We are always being so careful with beautifully designed books that we buy. what would i do?? i probably would think about it for a while, then carefully cut it open VERY carefully with an xacto-knife. It would be such a strange experience!! strange in a good way :)

Paul said...

hey this stuff is super cool check you later