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[BKARTS] Book Aesthetics



You may want to check out Jan Tschichold, "Non-Arbitrary Proportions of Page and Type Area," reprinted in Calligraphy and Paleography. Essays presented to Alfred Fairbank, ed. A. S. Osley (London: Faber and Faber, 1965), 179-192. There's a lot more research done since then, e.g. on page proportions in Insular manuscripts, etc. This one's a good introduction to the topic.

Paul T Werner, New York
http://theorangepress.com

WOID: A journal of visual language

----- Original Message -----
From: Rachael Schechter <rschecht@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2004 10:31 am
Subject: 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
> generalaesthetic sense.
>
> - Rachael Schechter
>   University of Pennsylvania
>
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