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í Assignment 2: Collected Book
Wed, Feb 27

Due next week

The activity today was meant to show how a book can hold together without relying on an overly repetitive structure. The books from today’s activity each interweave seemingly disparate elements (parts) to create a varied but cohesive whole (system).

Create a bound book of any size and page count using printouts of other people’s work, found magazines or newspapers, discarded paper and/or other material. Make an effort to collect a variety of material to sort through.

Although your sources will vary, the overall book should hold together as a single work. Consider the paper type, the trim size, the placement of type and images. Although there are factors you can control, the trimming of the book will produce unexpected internal proportions. Do not be concerned with the subject matter of the pages.

Do not collage or add marks to the printouts. You are gathering, arranging, sequencing, folding, rotating, trimming and binding only. Take risks within this small gamut. Be prepared to present what systems are at play in your book next week.

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í Activity: Dissect a book into its parts
Wed, Feb 27

In class

I have brought 12 examples of recently published books for you to study. I am asking you to spend an hour scrutinizing a single book in order to dissect its whole into its core visual parts. How did the designer, or how can you, connect those parts to form visible systems? How do those systems connect to form a cohesive book design.

The systems used to organize content and create a coherent experience within a contemporary book may rely more on paper type, image use, and type families than on the repetitive placement of elements.

Note page size(s), text block size(s), running heads, folios, colors, and other organizational matter. What paper is used? How do the systems connect or fragment the work? What reasons might the designer have had for arriving at these choices? What system(s) does the book rely on to define its grammar? Is there an overall concept that produced the systems? How do these systems connect to the content.

Present your findings to the whole class and comment below with the name of your book, author and the key properties of your book (ex: changes paper, grids used to denote subject matter, etc.)

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  1. Ryan says:

    Yale Architecture Perspecta 40: Monster

    Typography system:
    Heads in Bold Helvetica Neue.
    Text/folios in Regular.
    Contributor section/chapter citations in Prestige Elite.
    Third typeface used for Table of Contents and Subtitles.
    Fourth typeface (bold old-style serif) for captions.

    Two Column grid (strict for text flow).
    Flush left, ragged right. No hyphenation.
    Indentation for new para. and definititions/quotes
    Tight margins. Black border (at least).
    Folios and information on the bottom.

    Titles usually on top left and left justified.
    Mostly B&W.
    Photos fall into two column grid, centered, or in 3-column.
    System is broken after a certain point, and some photos are in color, etc.

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í Activity: Review patterns
Wed, Feb 27

In class


Break into four groups of three and present your patterns. What did you make? How did you make it? How did the single part produce an unexpected whole? What did the addition of color and the combination of patterns do? As the viewer, respond to which of the patterns departed most from the single unit.

Be open to marking, coloring and adjusting the patterns to communicate your thoughts.

Adjust your patterns and upload one from each of the three assignments to the class site. Upload 1200px wide jpgs and insert the three in a new post. Place within category “Assignment 1”.

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