Tuesday, June 15, 2004

To buy: Notes On Book Design

Notes on Book Design
By Derek Birdsall, ISBN:0-300-10347-6, Publication:20 May 2004
In a career spanning more than forty years, Derek Birdsall has established himself as one of Britain's leading book designers. This practical, inspirational and educational book distils a lifetime's experience in designing books, and presents and discusses nearly fifty books he has designed, showing 360 spreads and covers, all in their original colours and to scale. The designs range from 1960s' Penguin paperback covers to a recent complete redesign of The Church of England's book of Common Worship.
The introductory section deals with the process of book design, from brief to deadline (which he calls the designer's muse) - and illustrates his ideas on formats, covers and spines, bleeds, silhouettes, maps, diagrams, and the commissioning of illustration and photography.
An appendix includes an innovative metric grid system, specimen settings of his favourite text faces, and comparative settings in English and other languages. His biography is illustrated by his graphic work in other fields, and the bibliography"