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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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