re-thinking book design (tara mann)

Tara Mann who often works at ‘the improvised life’ is also pursuing a BFA in Communication Design AND a BA in Digital Media. She recently posted a portfolio of her work from last semester. We love her design of an intense philosophical essay: to format it as a WORKBOOK with lots of white space around the text. “Readers can take notes and brainstorm right on the page, next to the text.”

It’s a great design idea for many books. We envision it encouraging MORE interaction with the text, in a kind of dialogue, that could include writing, drawings, pasted in images, graphs. We want more books like that…

…(Even though we know that with paper costs being what they are, it is the opposite of what publishers want to be doing.)

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