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17 out of 101 Design Basics – The Golden Ratio

November 14, 2013

Homework no. 17

Today, you will make a notebook, a simple notebook, like the Instant-Book. I introduced a video tutorial how to make that book at the beginning of the week, calling the book Mini-Book.ratio
One constraint: your notebook must be made according to the golden proportions. This means that the ratio between your notebook’s short and long side should be of 1.618.

Design 101, iversity.org

Design 101, iversity.org

Question of the day: Measuring? Measuring what? Why measuring?

Design 101, iversity.org

Design 101, iversity.org

Bild1The collection of books presented in the Design 101 MOOC is amazing and an inspiration. However, I really wonder how quick some of the participants finished some really sophisticated books, except they used the same trick as I and present books that I made quite a while ago when I attended a bookbinding course.

Though both books are from different size they roughly correspond with the Golden Ration. The first book is a fanfold book, easy to make and good for students who quickly achieve some good results. The paper for the cover is made with a special coloring technique.  genaehtThe second book is made from scratch, even the stitching on top is handmade. Using this website to calculate the Golden Ratio, I found out the DIN A4 the size of the book correspond almost with the Golden contrary to the US Letter.

Bookbinding is a great hobby and this week let me think of it, taking another course to refresh my skills.

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