Book design in theory and practice how does the book designer elite think?
Typographers and book designers most important tasks are to preserve the texts, authors thoughts and ideas for posterity, and through their work successfully invite and communicate the content of these writings to the readers. In their work, the designers have sets of rules and theories to their assistance, and regardless if they choose to follow them, they should know that they exist and know why they choose to follow or break them.
This essays intention is to, by using qualitative semi-structured interviews, find out how today’s book designers view their work and the different fields that are included in it, for example typography, materials and cover design. Also how the designers relate to the theory presented in this essay. Three book designers were interviewed and their knowledge and experience formed the basis for the empirical data collection and the comparison against the theory.
The findings revealed that the book designers approach to their work is very similar to the theory, even though they themselves claim that they don’t use any specific theories. As an experienced book designer the guidelines become as natural to their work as the process to inhale oxygen. But it takes practice and years of experience before one reaches this point.
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