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The Yellow Book

edited from Wikipedia The Yellow Book The Yellow Book was a British quarterly literary periodical that was published in London from 1894 to 1897. It was a leading journal of the British 1890s and lent its name to the “Yellow Nineties” and the magazine contained a wide range of literary and artistic genres, poetry, short stories, […]

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Front covers

The role of the cover The cover, or dustjacket, serves two purposes: to protect the book: In the Victorian era cheap paper-covered reprints had been widely available. to express something of its contents and nature – to sell the product in a highly competitive market. Early books were handbound with strong heavy covers. In 19C as books became cheaper […]

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Golden Ratio

Sources: Elaine J. Hom, LiveScience Contributor | June 24, 2013 07:02pm ET What is the Golden Ratio? In the golden ratio, a + b is to a as a is to b. The Golden ratio is a special number found by dividing a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the […]

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Bauhaus

Typography One of the most essential components of the Bauhaus was the effective use of rational and geometric letterforms. Moholy-Nagy and Albers believed that sans serif typefaces were the future. Stencil by Joseph Albers: Albers designed a series of stencil faces while teaching at the Dessau Bauhaus. The typeface is based on a limited palette […]

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Creative Design Process

Working to a ‘Brief’ A book designer generally works to a ‘brief’ – a specific set of requirements for a particular project. The brief may be set by an external agency, or it may be self-initiated. The scope of the brief may vary in terms of how much creative input the designer can exercise. In some assignments the designer […]

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Modernism

Modernism in design and architecture emerged in the aftermath of the First World War and the Russian Revolution – a period when the artistic avant-garde dreamed of a new world free of conflict, greed and social inequality. It was not a style but a loose collection of ideas. Many different styles can be characterised as […]