Tuesday, May 02, 2006

book designs

design: Base Design
Publisher: FAD
Year: 2001
Country: Spain

Making the most of its wide panoramic format, the book places text and images in various-sized boxes on a complex interlocking grid system. the latter evokes the architectural qualities of the building the book is about, as is visible in the front-cover image of its facade.

Design: A.G. Fronzoni, Christian Aichner & Bernd Kuchenbeiser
Project: A.G. Fronzoni
Country: Italy/Switzerland

Reflecting the lightness of touch of Italian designer A.G. Fronzoni, this simple little book dispenses with a title or any other clue as to its contents on the outside. Instead, a single line of text wraps itself around the cover, beginning on the inside back flap and ending: "words left unspoken, unrequited love, giving, to become, to become poorer-'. Inside, the book further echoes the style of the designer with its use of narrow columns of text, giving a fluid, vertical dynamic to the page. All typography is set in 6pt Univers bold; the foliosare in Univers light.

Design: Piet Schreuders & Underware
Project: Read Naked
Country: Holland

Specially produced to withstand saunas, this book is resistant to hot steam up to 120˚F. Indeed, some elements are only visible when viewed inside a sauna at 80˚F and above. The book gives guidlines on drying the book out after use; methods include baking, Microwaving and drip-drying on a clothesline.
Produced to promote a new typeface called Sauna, the whole book has a strange, plasticized quality owing to the heat treatment. The pages are bound together by stitching that passes from front to back. Again, the binding method is resistent to extreme heat and humidity.


unmi said...

‘Read Naked’ book was very interesting, how it’s made to read in the sauna to promote the typeface called Sauna. And it’s really fun that some elements only appear in the sauna. However the purpose of this book is to promote the typeface to the designers or any of those who work with typefaces, and I don’t know how many people would actually go into the sauna to check this book. I think it will be more useful if the book itself can be heated up so that you can still read it in your office with the same effect.

ashleep said...

I really liked the idea of the sauna book that is water resistant and made to heat up so you can see additional contents. If i saw this book when i was sitting in a sauna i would definately be attracted to it and take a look at it. it is not usual to see a book in a sauna, so this is a creative way to attract viewers in an environment where it doesnt have to compete with other books. Also, i think this book would be fun to just hold and feel the plastic pages and watch as the pages heat up and new contents appear. But, I also agree with Unmi that if this book is trying to promote a new typeface, then it should be available with the same effects in other places besides the sauna.

carley said...

i like the simplicity of the first image. the book seems very poetic because it has so much white space and the use of text and image is thoughtful, precise, and understated.
I like the link the Read Naked book creates with a physical interaction of the reader. I think the form of the typeface itself relates quite nicely to its title. i guess for me the fat and curvy letters sort of relate to the hot and sweaty feeling you get from a sauna. i think the curious thing that makes it interesting is that its such a random connection, a newly designed typeface... and a sauna. creativity in designers today is just endless.