Book binding workshop

Focusing more on a square bind fold; as a group we all looked at an example book created by G.F Smith, who distribute paper samples all in this one book.

gfsmith-01-lr0649-385x248The reasoning as to why they publish these books, as quoted by the managing director John Haslam, he stated “We wanted to create something that was both inspirational and functional,” and “It’s had a phenomenal response and we’re absolutely delighted about it.”

The book is thick, sleek and has many samples of different kinds of paper, that are created by other practitioners.

They most likely got the huge response they received, due to the way they have presented the book, the types of paper they used as Samples with the details of what kinds of paper they’ve used. The kinds of people who would often be associated for this particular kind of book would be designers, decorators and other types of artists, perhaps?

Which led us to discuss about production value for a book and what would be their main focusing aspects, that they would have to concentrate on.

  • Target audience– Who is it designed for?
  • Materials used.
  • Cost for production.
  • What kind of folds will this book have?

They also need to make prototype of the book, the design of the book and they’ll most likely have to focus on the folds as well. For example:

The target audience is children under the age of five years old. The book itself would have to be durable, so it will probably have cheap cardboard-like pages, the corners of the book will have to be smoothed off to avoid the child hurting itself. You have to consider that they child may chew it, draw on it and get the book messy. They pages will have to be waterproof with waterproof ink. The book being bound together will be stuck together with glue because if the book were to be stitched together or bolted, the child could easily take that apart.

The purpose of the book, production value and the target audience both play important factors in this case.

Other questions to consider:

  • How big will the book be?
  • How thick will the pages be?
  • How many pages will their be?
  • Will the book be square? what shape will it be?
  • What kind of binding will it have?

My task for today:

With two sheets of paper, I had to fold them in half and carefully tear them in half. This was indeed a difficult challenge that needed a lot of patience for me to do. It was pretty hard trying to steadily guide my hand across to make sure the fold was even, and that I had made a clean tear on both. The reason for doing this task was to give me a vivid idea of what it was like, before I had to put all 4 of these pages together.

If the paper isn’t perfect on it’s sides, the glue will not stick to the paper to bind it.

Three out of four of the pages were straight and didn’t have any tears in them, so it was okay. However, if this was done in an actual final book bind, I would be in a lot of trouble because the book would just fall apart.

In future, if I need to ever cut the paper evenly, I need to use a Guillotine and use a long, metal ruler to help measure out the width of the pages before cutting it in half.




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