Typography As Design

Student Work, Fall 2013

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Meridyth honored her designers’ traditional lettering with a more traditionally designed book. She used a removable band for the cover/title. Note the full title page, the solid color page used to separate the designers, and the text-to-frame approach for the text block.

The Web Version

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I don’t usually recommend having a “splash page” without much information on it, but here it slows the pacing down and feels more like a traditional book experience.

Discovering Style

Student Work, Fall 2013

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Janelle used hand-drawn type and a collage approach to capture the playful, rule-breaking work of her two designers. Notice the body text remains in a more traditional text-block.

The Web Version


The grid is not exactly the same, but many of the design elements carry over.

Flirtation With the Physical

Student Work, Fall 2013

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Carissa used a more traditional approach to text, color palette, and paper. Notice how the inside front cover identifies the name of the book (left edge of spreads). This started as a printing error in an earlier mock up. She decided to keep it, since it works with her theme of “the physical” for these two designers.

Hand Drawn Type

Student Work, Fall 2013

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One of Camden’s artists works with very large horizontal pieces. Thus, he needed to design a horizontal book. On text spreads, he used smaller images to create rhythm and tension within the top space.

The Web Version


Above right is an example of one of the large horizontal pieces.

Typographica Revisited

Student Work, Fall 2011

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This student had leather-working experience, and covered her book in leather. Notice the old paper used for end papers, and the brown text (not black). She was interested in creating an “old, traditional” effect.


Student Work, Fall 2011

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If anyone had told me a page so full of text would work, I’d be doubtful. But notice the contrast between empty and full, texture and shape. The contrasts keep the full text pages from feeling dull. The student separated each section with an almost blank spread.

Feature Presentation

Student Work, Fall 2011

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This student showed movie posters in a large format book. While not as large as the original posters, the images retained some of their impact. One of my favorite things about this book is the subtle color in the text. It’s not black. It’s very dark gray and medium brown.