Book Design Case studies – exercise 1

As a quick exercise, in our groups for the anthology, we had to examine three books and compare them. Observing and recording the layout, material and structure of each of them.

What is the best size and shape, position of the text on the page, typeface choice, size and hierarchy, grids, columns, line length, position of images…

We choose three books and while one was very cheap feeling material wise, it had a good layout and content, while the other had a hard cover and looked more expensive, but the design and layout inside the book was lacking. The best example of a “good book” we had was the “MAKE IT NOW!” since it was well designed outside and on the inside while still having character. Playing with the images and text layout all around the book making it interesting and definitely giving us a few good ideas.

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