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Re: Aesthetic Margin Size
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Aesthetic Margin Size
- From: Greg Britton <gbritton@MHBOOKS.COM>
- Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 09:34:28 -0500
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I agree that Tschichold, Wilson, and Bringhurst are all excellent
references for determining an aesthetic margin size; but ultimately, the
best way to determine what works in book design is simply to "look" at it.
Also, look at existing books of similar sizes--beautifully designed ones
and ones that are not. The "right" margin dimensions will be very apparent.
Aesthetics are a deeply personal thing. Tschichold's formula can guide you,
but the proof is always in how it looks to you as designer--and ultimately,
to the reader.
Other factors, too, come into play, such as how you intend to bind the
book. Again, I think the solution is to "look" at what works and what does
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