Book Cover and Paper Processing
In conjunction with the Department of Visual Communication’s other fields of teaching and educational goals, the courses offered in the Book Cover and Paper Processing Workshop deal primarily with those areas of graphic design that have close associations with books and printing, such as typesetting, printing, and illustration. Given the prominent position that paper as a material has in the fine arts – such as prints, drawing, painting and 3D design – experience with the media forms paper and books is also hugely relevant for art and stage design students.
The workshop is a source of wide-ranging knowledge about the production, types, areas of use, quality features, and different textures of paper. Practical work adds greater depth to the theoretical knowledge. The study of the media forms of paper and books begins with the preparation of folding patterns and continues with the production of brochures, folders, and books. The different binding techniques are demonstrated and the way they are used for various types of book examined. Other materials are also investigated, in particular cardboard, card, and fabric, as well as leather, parchment and atypical materials such as glass, plastics, and other synthetic materials. The correct use of different glues and pastes, i.e. the gluing techniques, are also explored and practiced, as is the handling of basic book binding machines. An insight is also given into the contrast between industry and the craft sector.
On the advanced course, the knowledge acquired on the basic course is explored in greater depth. It conveys an idea of the wide spectrum of professional and artistic book binding work, gives enormous creative freedom to experimentation with books as a classic medium, and promotes the free design of books and paper objects.