I am back in the UK! I devoted yesterday to finishing off another mockup so that I could improve on the binding plan for the new book. Above you can see the old mockup to the left and the new one to the right. Thinner boards, better measurements, and a narrower spine piece have brought things around a little. See below for closer view:
I have not completely won the battle here. There are other changes to be made. I will miter the spine piece so that there is less of a visible overlap with the boards when viewed from above. I will also be putting fills on the inside cover, which I may get into on the blog later when the binding starts in earnest. For now I will explain by showing you the photo below:
Do you see that pronounced half inch border lying below the blue-green paper? A fill will make that invisible as well as performing some structural functions that I’ll go into in more detail later. Maybe.
But the biggest conclusion I have come to after taking a break from this book and returning to Mockup Town is this: After all of my struggles with printing on Buckram (also see here) and all of my declarations of love for it for this project, I think I am officially right now deciding (sit down everybody. . . ) not to use it.
*Buckram is a library binding material and is therefore directly related to the archive/collection content of the book. Using it will push the content into the materials, thereby helping the viewer to understand more about the project simply by touching the book.
*Buckram is fun and comes in many colors.
*It is (I believe) an unusual choice for a book of this kind, and so is kind of fun and unexpected. (please send examples of buckram-bound artists’ books if you know of any)
*It is fun and plastic and colorful and a bit library-kitschy, but is that really a good enough reason?
*In the end, the use of this material seems to be distracting and is doing damage to the book. The fun colors and the feel of the material are removing rather than adding value. Do you disagree? let me know.
I am headed to London early this week and will take the opportunity to head back to Shepherds-Falkiners and oggle some book cloth alternatives. Yellow, maybe?