A Bookcover is not Just a Bookcover

bookcoverFirst af all, I want to introduce the reason I started to write this post. The stimulus was just a bookcover I saw while we were having coffee together with my colleagues and having a quick gaze on a book. The bookcover was awesome: creative, not usual but familiar, sincere and conveying the message of the book to reader. Just because I studied visual arts and graphic design, I have also tendency for a more critical look on bookcover designs; that is why I made observations on the cover design deeply. I suddenly realized that they also printed price of the book on the right-below corner of backside. The price seemed like an orphan, and other elements of design were kidding with it! Typographic choice was a catastrophy! Newborn symbol of Turkish Lira also was killing! The whole was being destructed by the upheaval of “price” unit! The people on the table told me that in the past most of the books were printed with price on their covers. Yeap, true!

If congested, any ingested may never been digested!

A bookcover is not just a bookcover. From the beginings of the time line, a bookcover is ever considered as a piece of an artisan product. I am not going to discuss about contemporary design gabblings, however I am eager to lean on the significant importance of the life jacket on which the content of the text wears.

A book is a set of recorded knowledge for those who are thirsty for past experiences of their grandpas. The very first reason for covering books is to survive inner material up to eternity. That is why the most archaic specimens are wooden covers; of course, stronger material “lithos” is not as portable and light as wood. Also, nowadays we see some wooden bookcover designs making attribution to archaic designs.

220px-Bamboo_book_-_binding_-_UCREqbrven if Chinese were the first inventors of press machine, they still contiuned using wooden tile rolls in bureucracy. I think, for Ancient Chinese people, paper is not reliable enough to keep the knowledge written. They even used clay tablets a time; hence my claim has been proven here 😛

To the right, there is an example of traditional roll wooden/leather cases, usually in Muslim use..

There is nothing to say more. Let bookcovers be a showcase..


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