Today I spent some time doing some basic research about binding methods and portfolio ideas for the portfolio project. I found some good examples of book binding and other little features that I could possibly use to make my portfolio. I have never tried book binding, but it is something I would really like to learn to do well.
Today I first researched different kinds of biding and how basic binding is done. I found a great picture that shows many different kinds of bindings. I think the picture is really useful for me: it helps me to get an understanding of what the biding options are. After that I also found some simple book binding tutorials that give me some sort of understanding how book binding is done.
In the first picture below I thought the “screw and post” binding looked quite cool and really interesting. I also like the “side stitch. The “lie flat perfect” and “plastic grip” bindings looks interesting as well.
I also found some examples of bindings that I liked. I like how the screw binding looks in the picture below. I think it makes the book look more interesting and more special. I would like to try that type of binding but I’m not sure if it would work for my portfolio because I don’t think it is my style.
I like the binding where the stitches are left visible. It looks interesting and gives the book that nice rough feel and look that I like. I could really use that in my portfolio, I would just have to learn how to do it.
Also the picture below where little booklets are bound together with a lace or rubber band of some sort and two pieces of thick card looks nice too, but it may be too fiddly for a portfolio.
I also like the two boxes below for a binding method. They hold little booklets. It is a nice way of binding “a book” without it being a normal conventional book. I could make each project into its own booklet. However I’m afraid that there will be too many separate booklets and the portfolio will be a mess, consisting of countless of loose pieces. The second box would still be better than the first box because the second one had more structure to it, it would not fall apart like the first box does.
I like the idea of using different size and different papers (different stocks) for pages within one book to create special/interesting pages. It breaks the book up and adds variety and interest to it. In my portfolio I could use this technique to print pictures on the big pages and explanations/introductions of the next section on the smaller pages. This way the reader can see the text and the picture the same time.
I also like it when books have clear dividing pages between sections. That extra space between the topics, not too full of text, gives the reader a moment of calm and helps navigate the book.
The next picture below looks really interesting. The pockets are a clever way of making the book look unique. I probably wouldn’t make the whole book with the pockets, only a few through out the book as special features to add interest. In the form in which all pages are pockets it is more suitable for photographic portfolio than a portfolio where you have to also add longer text, not only pictures.
I like the way of closing the cover that is used in the picture below. It looks simple but immediately makes the book look more special than if it didn’t have this tying method on the cover.