For centuries, the book has been the main repository of human knowledge. Every aspect of the book is the responsibility of the designer, from the binding and cover to paper choice and all of the hundreds of typographic details and layout decisions. While the Workshops is known for teaching photography and filmmaking, the book has a direct applicability to both of these pursuits. From the beginning of photography, photographs have always been made to either hang on a wall or be bound into books – photographs and books have coexisted like hands in gloves. For filmmakers too, the concepts of pacing and sequence are basic considerations – equally important in book design. New digital services like Blurb and Apple books have made it possible for everyone to design and publish books. This workshop covers all the aspects of designing a beautiful book – through historic, aesthetic, and practical viewpoints. Typography, book materials, technological considerations, and artistic choices are considered. Discussions, lectures, readings, exercises, demonstrations, and field trips lead to a solid understanding of what excellent book design is and how it can be put to use with grace and competency.
Participants should have a basic understanding of either Adobe InDesign or Quark XPress software. Quark users should bring their own software and laptops.