At 420 pages, this comprehensive reference guide explores bookbinding techniques in start-to-finish detail, explaining all possible options in clear illustrations and easy-to-follow text, making it easy for artists and designers to compare and choose among them. From types of paper to folding methods, to all of the available paperback and hardcover bindings, to finishing techniques and case studies by contemporary designers, Bookbinding is truly the must-have book for professional designers and production staff. Bookbinding is also a work of art in its own right, given an award by the Type Director's Club for typographic excellence.
About the Author
Franziska Morlok studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saarbrücken and the University of the Arts in Berlin. She as published several books, and teaches Visual Communication at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
Miriam Waszelewski studied visual communication at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She designs and develops publications in the fields of art and fashion.
"Bookbinding: A Comprehensive Guide to Folding, Sewing, Binding is a beautiful result of the work of people who know about books and who love [making and producing] books. It not only offers ideas on how to make the book serve its purpose in the best creative and financial way, it itself is a fine thing to hold in hands. [It] is definitely an essential reference source for all the professionals who are in charge of making decisions related to book production or who are ordering bookbinders' services. At the same time, I see it as a useful thought-provoking material for bookbinders themselves. It may help one to come out of the comfort zone and try some new styles, formats or materials." - iBookbinding.com
"Visually arresting, if in places distracting, this book is dramatically designed and illustrated in black and white and "red" all over, down to the paper color and the two bookmark ribbons. The purpose of the book is to give an example of every possible bookbinding format a book designer and producer would want to use, and that can actually be produced by a bindery. Morlok and Waszelewski (faculty and former student, respectively, Berlin Univ. of the Arts) walk the user through the process of planning a print project and production; types of format and paper; and how to prepare book design specifications. Different types of binding are illustrated-wire, glue, thread, and binding systems and fasteners. Each binding style includes a discussion of the book-block size capability, materials needed, durability, costs, design elements, and environmental impact. Descriptions end with pros and cons of the style.There is a section on the difference between commercial and hand-binding styles and a section on the book as an objet d'art. A glossary of more than 285 binding terms is included. There is no index, but the table of contents is thorough. This stunning book has won awards for its design. Summing Up: Essential. All users." -Choice Magazine