Thursday, January 12th, 2023

How to avoid a spine breaking your beautiful images

Photograph of the inside of a version of 36 Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai showing the image is uninterrupted by using a traditional approach to page design.

I buy a lot of photography and art books, and one of my pet hates is how large images are treated. Invariably they get split across pages, which means you can’t enjoy the image in all its glory.

My favourite art book is a recreation of Hokusai’s famous “36 Views of Mount Fuji”. The approach taken by the designer was to mimic the original style used with block prints. Individual prints, which span two “traditional” pages are put together in an accordion. The result is an image to enjoy in its entirety.

Something to consider if you’re designing a document that could put a disruptive spine down your key images.

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My name is Ross Hori

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