Books to get Inspired

Last Process & Skills class we had the great opportunity to see incredible books, which were kindly lent by Professor Carmile Zaino, to give us inspiration for our next project. It was amazing to see the variety of possibilities that exist to create a book. It can be innovated by its size, format, printing technique, cut, format of the pages, and many others. The limit is whatever your imagination and budget permits, because some techniques are pretty expensive to produce, e.g. printing with foil.

The first book is the “Gallery of Colors: Champion Linen”.

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This book has a beautiful dye cut detail that has the same size of the image on the left page, which makes an interesting connection between the pages and enhances the image shown through it.


Those are pages in different sizes finished with different cuts.


This is a very interesting book, “New Whites from Champion”, which contains samples of French-folded pages made of papers produced by Champion and written without ink, but still they are totally readable due to the technique used – emboss and deboss.


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Here are two books; one about the emboss technique which contains different beveled edge dies, and the second one is about foil stamping.

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Here is the back of the page, which shows that embossing is used for printing with foil stamp.


Here is another great book “Embellishments and Flourishes” by Curtis Flannel which contains different kinds of paper, beautiful text design and great use of dye cut and image.

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Here are two great books about typefaces.

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This was one of my favorite books. The innovations regarding its format, size, text design, use of text and image, printing, dye cut and colors were aspects that really stood out.

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Designed by Seymour Chwast, one of the greatest American Graphic Designers, who along with Milton Glaser, Reynold Ruffins and Edward Sorel, founded Push Pin Studios, this was my favorite book.


This dye cut detail on the cover, which contains the same graphic on the inside, and its a folded page, which when opened shows an incredible image which works perfectly with it, is remarkable.

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Here the relation between the image and the text is beautiful.


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At the end, the book contains the same detail of the beginning, with different image, but still the same narrative. Simply astonishing.

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One thought on “Books to get Inspired”

  1. I am so happy I dusted off my paper company promotion pieces that I have been collecting for – well – for 45 years plus. The samples you choose to post with your comments made the “dusting off” worth it. They went beyond a discussion about paper. So, I do hope these samples opened up everyones’ eyes to what can be accomplished with paper from the choice of textures to the ability to use a variety of production techniques to expressing an attitude for your design projects. – CSZ

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