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Art in Therapy

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

“Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This saying is quite contradictory with the assignment we got. When you choose a book without taking the content into account, it seems there’s not much left. How do you judge a title without taking its meaning into the equation? With this book, “Art in Therapy”, designed by Adriaan Mellegers, it was for example the size of the title that made me stop and look again.

You don’t get a lot of information on the cover of this book. You see the title, a shape, and the name of the artist is on the spine of the book. It’s a very minimalistic design, yet it’s still very effective. To me there’s quite an art in that, in making something with the bare minimum that still grabs your attention before you’ve even read anything. I would like to get better at saying more with less, so to me it seems a good start to study a book that does this quite successfully in my opinion.

I would like to talk about the colours on the cover of this book. It only has two colours, black (if you could call that a colour) and a strange pink. I really liked the look of this pink when I pulled this book out of the shelf, but I soon this discovered that it wasn’t the original colour, but a discolouration. Did the designer take this into account when designing the book?

Lastly, what intrigued me about this book is that it was filled with a lot of text, and not all of it was in the same font and size. I don’t know a lot about typography and its effects, and I would like to learn more. Why would you have two different typefaces for two languages? Why didn’t the designer line up the questions and answers in the two languages?


Art in Therapy

Designer Adriaan Mellegers

Artist Emmeline de Mooij

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AT TWILIGHT // simon starling

Sunday, February 3, 2019

When the teacher was explaining us in the Rietveld library to choose a book that the library obtained last year to eventually write about the design of it, I couldn’t really focus as there was this book sticking out on the shelf of which i thought i liked the texture. I went to have a look at it. As the teacher’s voice faded, the book cover became clearer. Turned out that it didn’t look like how i thought it did, but after going through the rest of the library, I still preferred this one. 

What made the book catch my eye was first of all that it was wrapped in plastic, as if it’s something really precious. And secondly it was a, I thought, white book that had brown bakery paper around it, as if it was handmade. This wasn’t the book though, and neither did it have brown bakery paper around it; I think it’s an extension of the actual book. The reason i do is because this “extension” has the form of a newspaper which makes it seem less important than the book that was also inside the plastic. Also in this newspaper there’s mostly big pictures shown, that probably aren’t the subject of the book but are there to support the context of the book.

The book itself has a very minimalistic appearance, brown matte hardcover with black letters and three lines. But, when you open it, the first page is a very bright purple paper. After that, for the first half of the book it has brown paper and a often used font. Turns out it’s a play: probably the reason to choose a easy readable font and why the text looks well structured over the pages. The second half of the book has white pages and a more playful appearance. The font comes across less mature to me and also there’s a lot of pictures, even scanned in papers with written notes on it in this half of the book. I find it quite interesting how these simple choices changed the book into something special.

first impression of AT TWILIGHT // Simon Starling (star2)

ross, m 1

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The book, Ethical Actions: A Critical Fine Art Practice seems to be divided into three sections.
The first bit appears to be essays about the artist by other theorists or/and artists. For each essay there is a lot of space given to the title, the name of the people writing it and a photo which seems to be of a piece or an artwork related to the content of each essay.
The first spread before each essay, introducing individual writher with a name of the author and the photograph, are all design in the same way. The essays themselves on the other hand are either placed vertical, situated in the middle of each page or horizontal, spread over two pages. Some of the essays also have photographs intertwined in the text.
In the exact middle of the book there is a bunch of red pages. On these pages is a piece or an essay written by the artist. The pages on the inside of the cover of the book are also red. So in a way it is like she, the artist, runs through the book. Like a red thread. With the red pages opening, closing and centring the content.
In the second half, the third section of the book, are photographs of works by the artist. It seems to be more informative and is very clearly sectioned. It’s easy to find what the reader might be looking for. A summary of all the works with small pictures and a short text that seems to be information about each artwork. Then the paper changes from matte to slightly more glossy and the photographs of the works are printed bigger so the reader gets the opportunity to observe them.
The book is mostly printed on matte pages including the cover. The font is in the main the same and very approachable to the reader.
Between each section there is enough space that gives the reader time to contemplate or appreciate the content throughout the book highlighting the essays and the artists work as separate peaces.
In a way the book is designed in a very accessible way.

ross, m 1

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