Life divides, transfers, and begins to change starting with a single-celled organ. A book is a structure of types that leads to thoughts and practices, while book design is a creative process that brings a book to life. For centuries, book design has organized and accumulated rules to secure the true nature of books by advocating principles. It has become natural for modern book design to follow traditional ways of design in order to survive. At the same time, designers constantly attempted to break away from tradition and customs like cells that mutate and expand life, often creating unfamiliar “variants” of books. Slanted Library exhibits book design as variants. This chapter collected and classified unconventional designs that have broken away from traditional rules of design both in cover and page designs among books published in Korea since 2015. We would like to ask questions about the minimum rules and information that have been accepted natural, and look at books that are obliquely off the border between reading and viewing.
6699 Press (Curation)
- Seoul, South Korea
From an organic body made up with cells, a life divides, transfers and starts to alter. A book is a type structure woven from thinking to practice and book design is a process to vitalize it. Pursuing its own principle for centuries, book design has established and built up rules to guarantee what books are supposed to be like. It would be a natural survival strategy for contemporary book design to follow the conventional grammar. At the same time, designers have made attempts out of tradition and old manners and created unfamiliar variants of books as a cell mutates and expands a life.
Slanted Library exhibits book design as a variant. The exhibition collects and categorizes unconventional attempts in book design, particularly covers and body papers from books published in Korea since 2015. It questions about the ‘minimum’ rules and information that have been out there, taken for granted and looks into books skewed at the border of read and see. The list of Slanted Library concentrated on collecting variants in commercial publishing, instead of relatively liberal publications such as works heavy on images, independent ones without ISBN and the like.
Slanted Library incorporates two parts with an external and an internal factor of a book, which respectively is the cover and the body pages, in other words, the text actually printed on paper. Books on the list are categorized with the keywords arranged below. The books you’ll see herein are neither exquisite works nor milestones in the history of Korean book design. They can be barely called a language created out of designers’ self-driven resistance and changes made against tradition and isolation within a limited framework. Designers not following the rules and their attempts to produce unfamiliar organisms will definitely put forth diversion in order, evocation of standard and furthermore, another perspective to read book design as well.