Literature List for May

This month the list is rather large, larger than usual for me, and for the first time since writing these lists I don’t feel like I have to apologize for it being so short.

These actually still got ordered in April, and therefore should have been on the April list:

Structural Package Designs. Cd with template & demo software by Pepin van Roojen in English, Japanese, Portugese, German, Italia, Chinese, and French. Mostly packages for mailing stuff, but also some display boxes. The only text contained is a list of terminology and an introduction.

Special Packaging. CD with templates & demosoftware by Pepin van Roojen in English, Japanese, Portugese, German, Italia, Chinese, and French. Mostly packages for mailing stuff, but also some display boxes. The only text contained is a list of terminology and an introduction.

The Big Book of Boxes by Thais Caballero

Encyclopedia of Paper-Folding Designs: Effective Technique for Folding Direct Mails, Announcements, Invitation Cards, And More, by Natsumi Akabane

Packaging Templates Sourcebook: Creative Packaging Solutions for Outstanding Design (Graphic Design) by Luke Herriott

The following are May orders. Quite apparently I was still searching for folding patterns. You might wonder why I am so interested in boxes and packaging these days. Actually I think I had a pretty neat idea myself and what I am looking for is finding out how original it is. Until now I haven’t found it. I still have to try it out, so maybe not finding it might means it simply won’t work. If it does, I shall talk about it again.

Folding Patterns for Display and Publicity / Falzdesigns für Display und Werbung + CD Rom, Pepin Press

Packaging Templates: The Ultimate Guide to Packaging Design – Includes a CD-Rom with Scalable Templates by Ju Hau

Take one + CD by Laurence K. Withers

Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, & Reimagining the Book by Jason Thompson A lot of different projects, not sure yet whether or how much I like this book. Hasn’t much new to present to me, but the photos are really nice. As far as I can tell from leafing through the book, in all cases the books “recycled” cease to function as a book but that probably was to be expected given the rest of the title.

Creative Bookbinding by Pauline Johnson I have not yet read it completely, but already love it. I think it will turn out as a valuable source in the future. The different chapers are: Introduction, Book Design, The Part of a Book, Materials Tools And Equipment, Working Procedures, Simple Constructions and Binding Procedures, Decorated Papers, Leather, Book Repair, Supply Sources, Bibliography, Index. It has 261 letter sized pages, printed in Black and White. Originally it was published 1963 by the University of Washington Press, I have a reprint by Dover. Remember that I wondered what these tools were? I thought they were leather working tools but someone who does a lot of leather carving said that she didn’t know them. – Turns out they are leather working tools, I spotted them in one of the pictures in this book.

Beautiful Bookbindings. A Thousand Years of the Bookbinder’s Art, by P J M Marks The book has a surprising amount of text, containing a brief history of western bookbinding int he introduction as well as remarks on history and style for each book presented. Stated in the introduction on the criteria for selections: “the main objective is to present items which please the eye. What constitutes a ‘beautiful binding’ is very much a matter of taste. The binding that appear in this volume have been chosen by a number of British Library staff, each of them with a different personal favorite. The result is a collection of items with a wide range of appeal, showcasing many of the aesthetic subtleties of the bookbinder’s art.” I have not yet found the time to read much of the text but find it a beautiful book to look through. The focus is clearly on cover design but indeed one presented is more beautiful then the other.

The Book Art of Richard Minsky A wonderful book and source of inspiration. Minsky walks us through his life by presenting his works. Listen to this interview here to learn more.

The package template books all came with CDs, in multiple languages, and look like they offer a vast amount of information when reading the description. it usually contains information like: “More than 300 boxes with templates ready to produce.” Often these 300 boxes really are of almost the same making, they differ by whether they have a hole to hang them, or a leg to stand them up. The multitude of languages is possible since the only text is a short introduction. The books are aimed at graphic designers, who can choose very specific package designs from the books and use them to put their design on top. It is aimed at those who don’t want to bother with paper design themselves. One of the books include the tip to consult a bookbinder before starting the project just in case.

So obviously I am not in the target group and thus it isn’t surprising that I find it a little hard to find the information there that I am looking for. They are inspirational none the less. You really get to see a lot of packaging ideas. I don’t expect to ever use the templates, though. They are intended to feed a cutting machine and to set up industrial production of a lot of boxes.


5 replies on “Literature List for May”

  1. What a marvelous list. Thanks for making me feel better about my own book expenses. 🙂 This is a helpful review. I’ve been eyeing some of those packaging template books and wondering if they’d be worth the price or not. Is there any one you find more inspirational or worth the price than the others? Or are they all just pretty similar? I tend to use books like that more to jumpstart my own ideas than (usually) for the actual templates.

    I love the older books like the Pauline Johnson. I’ve gotten a lot out of that one too. I like when you post your book lists… although it often winds up costing me money… heh…

    1. Hi Ellen, it is a pleasure to see you comment here so reliably, thank you!
      The package design books are all made similarly, but differ in what they contain, and the focus of what is presented. I like the pepin pressbooks a little less than the others, since they seem even more repetetive to me (as mentioned before: there are a lot of “different” box constructions presented that I would rather call variations of the same thing, sometimes they just differ by the dimensions.) In all the books you will find things that you can see by just paying attention. –sorry, kids woke. I’ll write more later.

      1. … so, in all books there are a lot of standard designs contained, that you can see just by paying attention to what surrounds you. But I find it nice to have it all in one place, and I don’t regret buying any of them. Those that I like best are “the packaging and design templates sourcebook” for packaging design and “the encyclopedia of paper-folding designs” for greeting card designs. In both cases for the reason that they contained more that I didn’t know already and because they are more focused on showing good examples, often with photos of a specific design than the pepin books which are more suitable for those who want to use the templates, I guess.

  2. I have a number of those Pepin books and they do get repetitive. That doesn’t stop me from buying more of them, though. You should check out Fold of the Week. They’ll keep you rolling in folds!

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