Monday, January 16, 2012

Picturebook vs. Art Book

Cover of Jane Eyre by New York: Random House

I originally  looked through all the art books looking for a book layout that I liked, but in the end, decided on a classic, Jane Eyre, to serve as my book layout inspiration. I can use this book as an example of how images are used in books because it has beautiful illustrated pictures interspersed throughout.The front and back covers of the book are entirely taken up by a drawing. There is no title on the front cover of the book, which adds an element of mystery to it. The title is found only on the spine, and it is in a simple font with elegant embellishments surrounding it. The title page is my favorite page of the book because of the way it combines text and image. There is a drawing of a tree with a man on a horse underneath it and the title of the book with the author is placed right in the middle of this drawing. When images are used throughout the book, they take up the entire page, and there is only one image per page. The text on the page is divided into two sections, a left hand and a right hand section. At the top of the pages there is elegant text with the title of the book.

Even though this is not an art book, it is very artfully made, and the integration of text with images are what I will mimick with my book layout.

1 comment:

  1. The 1943 book spine credited the artwork by Fritz Eichenberg so image/text was important. We note that the contemporary version of the book features a color photograph on the cover, which would have been "new media" at the time the book was originally published in 1847! We noticed that the publisher changed the graphics quite a few times over the years! The library has a 1922 version with 12 color illustrations! Wonder what that's like! Reviving or referencing the old fonts and layouts help critique the food desert in a way thinking about to a time when there were corner stores and markets in neighborhoods throughout Appleton. BTW: There's a book of tintypes at the library by Jayne Hinds Bidaut that harkens to that sort of 19th century graphic treatment. You may want to check it out...