This time just a bit more in-depth, in Harry Williamson’s class this time, we have been looking at the whole printing and publishing process involved with producing a book ready for the public. The different parts of the book that the designer has to take into consideration if they are working for a publisher,things on the structure and body like: the paper type, typesetting, imposition, signatures, case materials, blocking, binding, head bands, case, jacket and end papers.
Then on the inside with the pages there is…
the 1/2 title, full title, imprint page, contents page, preface/intro, sections & chapters, notes on the text, index, bibliography and further or recommended reading.
The text should be easy enough you think, once you get the grids, margins, print area, text, baseline grid, headings, sub-headings, captions, footnotes, running heads and folios sorted, that’s about all there is to consider when building a simple novel.
Once that is all sorted and written down, (because there is no way you will remember the list, never mind all the things you have decided on, the sizes, measurements, paper weights, boarders, etc) it is really quite simple to pop into indesign, illustrator or whatever & produce it.
We all worked on the same novel for this book, it was ‘Goldfish’ by Raymond Chandler and we only had to actually worry about the layout and grid, concentrating on one chapter (to be practical), illustrate it a little & the rest of the worry was the cover and binding.
I decided to go with a pocket-sized hard cover, seeing as it is a short story that our excerpt was from, my finished product being 130mm wide and 110mm high, I thought it would be a great novelty or gift size.