CIP: Week 17: Thought of the week and Book binding.

Collecting all of the data so far in relation to Unit Edition; being able to know the subjects or themes of your brief given is important. Being able to have a high quality design, with a way of being able to work with anything, or even with, as I stated previously about knowing and having a clear idea of what your theme is are good steps. Working independently as a publishing company who pick up a variety of ideas, have left it very open for themselves. Sometimes it is helpful to set yourself a project, knowing full well what your intentions are for it and what you’re hoping to produce as an end product. If you’re fully up-to-date with what you know, or if what the client is expecting for you to produce, I sense that there will not be an issue.  Working to a certain standard, I believe that if it’s a high quality, it’ll help not only the client, but it will help others to acknowledge how well you have curated what you’ve published—in relation to Unit Edition, their designs are well designed and they fit the requirements, they’re clean and very attractive. There’s this strong consistency throughout each of the layouts and I think that’s what makes their work striking.


As for the book binding, it’s amazing that I’m finally able to use the skills learnt from the workshop with Michelle. At first, Iwasn’t too confident with the idea of making a book in the first place, or even binding one, but as the lesson progressed, Ifound myself enjoying each and every step involved. It made me start to consider, that instead of looking in to getting my book published by an online bureau, I could bind the book myself.

Ihave started looking for book bind ideas from Pinterest, and other useful inspirational sites, but there was only one that interested me in particular, which was the japanese bind. It has this elegance ot it, and that’s a thing Iwould like to show with in my book, that even though sometimes, my work may come across unpresentable; Iwould like to contradicct that fact with the nice bind to bring the book together to make it look presentable.


Collect, analyse and (re)collect.

You never ever seem to notice the small collection of books gathering up on your shelf, or even the bundle of pencils, pens ad other stationary that clutters up in your drawers. There’s always a system and a way of how things are organised, and this is the new task that I’ve been set to work on, discuss, analyse, experiment, collect and start to develop.

When I start to think about this subject, I thought at first that this was going to be a pretty, damn hard subject to figure out, but as I returned home and arrived to my room… it hit me.  I have several collections of my own, but I had never considered them as a collection at all and I did have a strategy of how I line them up, organise the objects or even spacing them out in my room a certain way and it’s extraordinary.

As much as I like boasting about my little gathering of figures, or manga; I don’t like talking about it to the whole class. It makes me nervous.

The loom band jar.

My manga collection (which seems to grow every time I go into Waterstones.)

I have far too many keychains/keycharms now, but here’s the collection I have pinned to the wall.

Things to take in to consideration during the project:

What makes them a collection?

what defines them? how do they change when they are a mass? what are their qualities? what do they do? what shape are they? what are their functions? do their qualities change when reassembled? how do you reassemble them/organise them? Are they any different when they are resorted?

Now, the final outcome is going to be a book that’ll document or that will discuss our collection. I’m having a little trouble processing my thoughts/ideas in to how I’ll present my findings into this book, but I do have some ideas of what I want to do for the collection.

Collection ideas:

  1. Things about my cats: This could be a collection of images, sketches of them, I could also have records of events, for example their vet slips, food packaging.
  2. Letter packaging: Collecting a series of different packaging that’s to do with postage.
  3. Cosplay materials: Recording things to do with this subject.
  4. Pencils: I have so many of them, that I can’t even count them all. Pencils are a pillar to anything. You can make many different marks and record in different ways with them; you’ll also get many different results. There’s also so many varieties of pencil types.

A definite collection choice so far for me has been the pencils, I also thought about doing pens, though, a pencil can be recorded in numerous ways. I’m looking forward to playing around with the ideas that I’ve got so far.

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.