Beyond Typography: Exploration of Experimental Book Design through Typeface Anatomy

By Jesvin Puayhwa Yeo.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This article reports on a bookmaking process that explores the typeface anatomy to create interesting book designs. The study focuses on the interplay of traditional Chinese bookbinding methods with the craft of die-cutting, folding and layering. There are two parts to this study: First, this article discusses traditional Chinese bookbinding methods and experimental book design methods. Then, this article extrapolates from two experiments. It discusses the ways in which the handmade experimental book might make use of traditional Chinese bookbinding methods. In experiment one, the intention is to explore, understand and combine different Chinese bookbinding methods to create new book designs. Experiment two utilizes Chinese bookbinding methods, the craft of die-cutting, folding, layering and typeface anatomy to create an experimental book form. This article will reflect upon the journey, the challenges, the design process, as well as the results of the study.

Keywords: Bookbinding, Book Structures, Experimental Book, Typography, Artist Book

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.25-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.098MB).

Prof. Jesvin Puayhwa Yeo

Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Jesvin Yeo is an assistant professor in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technology University. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and her main research areas are in Asian material culture, visual research and knowledge visualization. Her work focuses on the details of design and the processes involved in delivering messages in context, particularly through book design and typography in 3D and digital forms. Prof Jesvin has presented and published her works at several international conferences and also exhibited her creative works internationally, including 798 Art District in Beijing, Museum of Design in Atlanta, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington D.C.

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