In class talking about the redesign of layouts, and the crucial editing/culling or downsizing of pages to induce only the vital information and the most important research I have been thinking about books. I have had a strange love for books even before I could read, I think its because they always revel the unknown and are great to look at. My favourite books also have a strong tactile element of thick paper, whether its glossy or textured so you can feel it between your fingers, and the smell of paper. Old musty books are quite nice too as they have a certain history in the yellowing pages.
I don’t want to ruin my love for books by making something last minute and quickly bound together so I thought why its fresh on my mind its time to have a look and get inspired. I don’t want the binding to take up to much room on the edge of the pages as some can get really wide, as I feel it turns it into some big master book that you just don’t want to sit down and flick through. I good book should be a flicker where you flick through once and take it with you to read in installments. You are inspired by its beauty/design and need time to absorb it slowly.
I did work experience for a week in a graphic design and printing place back in highschool, though I didn’t really get to understand to much seeing the mass publishing of books and magazines used was interesting, I also got to make a press of text that was going to be used to print in a newspaper type document.
A little on book binding from Wikipedia.
There are a number of methods used to bind hardcover books:
1. Oversewing, where the signatures of the book start off as loose pages which then get clamped together. Small vertical holes are punched through the far left-hand edge of each signature, and then the signatures are sewn together with lock-stitches to form the text block. Oversewing is a very strong method of binding and can be done on books up to five inches thick. However, in punching holes and stitching the signatures together, the margins of oversewn books are reduced. Also, the pages will not lie flat when they are opened.
2. Sewing through the fold, where the signatures of the book are folded and stitched through the fold. Then the signatures are sewn or glued together at the spine to form a text block. Sewn through the fold books have wide margins and can open completely flat. However, the text block of a sewn through the fold book is not very secure, which can cause some signatures to come loose over time. Many varieties of sewing stitches exist, from basic links to complex decorative stitches. While Western books are generally sewn through holes punched along the fold, some Asian bindings, such as the Retchoso or Butterfly Stitch of Japan, use small slits instead of punched holes.
3. Double-fan adhesive binding starts off with two signatures of loose pages, which are run over a roller (“fanning” the pages) to apply a thin layer of glue to each page edge. Then the two signatures are perfectly aligned to form a text block, and glue edges of the text block are attached to a piece of cloth lining to form the spine. Double-fan adhesive bound books can open completely flat and have a wide margin. However, certain types of paper do not hold adhesive well, and with wear and tear, the pages can come loose.