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Book design in theory and practice – how does the book designer elite think?
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Bokformgivning i teori och praktik – hur förhåller sig bokformgivareliten? (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Typographers and book designers most important tasks are to preserve the texts, authors thoughts and ideas for posterity, and through their work successfully invite and communicate the content of these writings to the readers. In their work, the designers have sets of rules and theories to their assistance, and regardless if they choose to follow them, they should know that they exist and know why they choose to follow or break them.

This essays intention is to, by using qualitative semi-structured interviews, find out how today’s book designers view their work and the different fields that are included in it, for example typography, materials and cover design. Also how the designers relate to the theory presented in this essay. Three book designers were interviewed and their knowledge and experience formed the basis for the empirical data collection and the comparison against the theory.

The findings revealed that the book designers approach to their work is very similar to the theory, even though they themselves claim that they don’t use any specific theories. As an experienced book designer the guidelines become as natural to their work as the process to inhale oxygen. But it takes practice and years of experience before one reaches this point.

Abstract [sv]

Typografers och bokformgivares viktigaste uppgifter är att bevara texter, författares tankar och idéer till eftervärlden, och att genom sitt arbete lyckas bjuda in och kommunicera dessa texters innehåll till läsaren. Till detta arbete har formgivaren mängder av regler och teorier till sin hjälp, och oavsett om han eller hon väljer att följa dem bör de veta att de finns och veta varför de väljer att följa eller bryta dem.

Detta arbete syftar till att med hjälp av an kvalitativ semi-strukturerad intervjumetod ta reda på hur dagens bokformgivare ser på sitt arbete och de olika områden som ingår i detta, såsom typografi, material och formgivning av omslag, samt hur de förhåller sig till de olika teorier som presenteras i arbetet. Intervjuerna involverade tre bokformgivare vars kunskaper och erfarenheter ligger till grund för empiriinsamlingen och den jämförelse som gjort gentemot teorin.

I slutsatserna kom det fram att bokformgivares förhållningssätt till sitt arbete har stora likheter med teorin, även fast de själv påstår sig inte använda sig av några speciella teorier. Som erfaren bokformgivare blir riktlinjerna en lika naturlig process som att inhalera syre. Men det krävs praktik och många års erfarenhet innan man hamnar här.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 56 p.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93166ISRN: LiU-ITN-TEK-G--11/034--SEOAI: diva2:623901
Subject / course
Graphics Design and Communication
Available from: 2013-05-29 Created: 2013-05-27 Last updated: 2013-05-29Bibliographically approved

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