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Re: [BKARTS] Book size aesthetics



    A good rule for setting up almost any kind of proportions is the old
Fibonocci (spelling?) sequence:  0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13.....   The sequence is
obtained by adding , for example, the first 2 numbers in the sequence to get
the next number, and then continuing the sequence:   0+1=1; 1+1=2; 2+1=3,
etc.
    So, --something that has equal sides (1 to 1), or where one side is
twice as long as the other (1 to 2) ; or where one side is, for example,  10
and the other is 15 (2 to 3) will work.
    I've read that the reason the sequence works is that the relationship
between the adjacent numbers is very close to the "golden mean".
     I used to do some work with textile design, and the rule worked great
for figuring out, for example,  the width of  adjacent stripes in fabrics.
     I assume it would also work for figuring out the dimensions of a book
in order to get pleasing proportions.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rachael Schechter" <rschecht@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 10:31 AM
Subject: [BKARTS] Book size aesthetics


> I am making a wedding album.  I am thinking of making the height 11" and
the
> width 10".
>
> The only rule I know for designing the proportion of width to
> height is that one should avoid true squares because they tend to look
short
> and squat and that making them a little taller than they are wide will
make
> it actually look square.
>
> Are there any other rules?  For most books, I would just make it how I
> wanted to try and enjoy... but this one needs to appeal to a more general
> aesthetic sense.
>
>  - Rachael Schechter
>    University of Pennsylvania
>
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