Inside the Book
Design Binding | Inside the Books is a sort of homage to Villards Diagram, which is one of the most famous layout grids used in book design because of it's "harmonious ratios."
The subtly of Villard's diagram has always caught my eye. I wanted the diagram to be in the background of the main cover design, but to almost vanish when you look at the overall product like it does when you examine a page of text. The main focus is on the 3 brass half circles on the foredges. I chose unfinished circles 'melting' off of the book because they signify breaking Villards diagram and not following a grid exclusively. I sought to create a book that felt pleasing in the hand, was visually appealing, and of course, functional.
Book not for purchase.
Author and Illustrator: David Esslemont
City of Publication: Newtown
Year of Publication: 2002
Materials: Hand dyed calf skin leather with sewn silk end bands. Brass half circles with escutcheon pin rivets. Painted aluminum and Arches Text Wove pastedowns, with Arches flyleaves.
Dimensions in MM: 256H x 180W x 25D