The National Print Museum Ireland

This book was designed as part of the Hons Degree in Visual Design & Communication Year 4 at Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Book designed as part of the Hons Degree in Visual Design & Communication Year 4 at Waterford Institute of Technology.
 
All copy\images Copyright The National Print Museum Ireland.
 
Standard Portrait 8x10 inches (20x25 cm),
38 pages,
Standard Black Linen
ProLine Black End Sheets,
Premium Paper, Lustre finish,
Hard Cover, Dust Jacket.
 

Book design by Jerry Cotter www.designcodex.eu
 
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Van de Graaf Canon
The Van de Graaf canon is a historical reconstruction of a method that may have been used in book design to divide a page in pleasing proportions. This canon is also known as the “secret canon” used in many medieval manuscripts.
 
The geometrical solution of the construction of Van de Graaf’s canon, which works for any page width:height ratio, enables the book designer to position the text body in a specific area of the page. Using the canon, the proportions are maintained while creating pleasing and functional margins of size 1/9 and 2/9 of the page size.
 
The resulting inside margin is one-half of the outside margin, and of proportions 2:3:4:6 (inner:top:outer:bottom) when the page proportion is 2:3 (more generally 1:R:2:2R for page proportion 1:R). This method was discovered by Van de Graaf, and used by Tschichold and other contemporary designers; they speculate that it may be older.
 

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The National Print Museum
The National Print Museum collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland.

For more information please visit
www.nationalprintmuseum.ie

The National Print Museum
Garrison Chapel
Beggars Bush Barracks
Haddington Road
Dublin 4
Ireland

Tel: +353(0)16603770

Email: info@nationalprintmuseum.ie

 

 
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