Design Book Scraps

"In a badly designed book, the letters mill and stand like starving horses in a field. In a book designed by rote, they sit like stale bread and mutton on the page. In a well-made book, where designer, compositor and printer have all done their jobs, no matter how many thousands of lines and pages, the letters are alive. They dance in their seats. Sometimes they rise and dance in the margins and aisles."
- Robert Bringhurst
The Elements of Typographic Style.

This a digital scrapbook of typography and book design examples. I am a fan of the unconventional, so a number of the design features here are examples that go against the 'norm', though sometimes, as you will see, this is done to the detriment of the book.

There are 15 examples per page. I have listed the title, author, date and publisher of each book, as well as the designer, where possible. The hyperlinks provided will open in a new window. In addition, I have provided the cover images for each book to make it easy to identify each example I am discussing.

As a disclaimer, I claim no copyright over the images I have used. They exist purely as an educational resource.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy.

- Keri Trim
Whitireia Publishing 2011

The Bedside Book of Birds - Graeme Gibson, 2005
Published by Bloomsbury
Designed by CS Richardson 

This book might just be the overall best design I’ve come across. The typeface, paper stock, text panels, margins, treatment of images, subdued use of colour, title page- everything has been taken into account, with beautiful results.