There’s a lot to think of when considering books. You can think about literature, cover design, pop-up books, artist books, sketchbooks, and more.
One of my favorite pieces of literature is V.E. Schwab’s Vicious, a fantasy fiction novel that’s about two college students, Victor and Eli, who discover how to give themselves superhuman abilities. Chaos unfolds as a result and the two friends become arch enemies. I love Victor and Eli’s dynamic and relationship, the idea of ExtraOrdinaries and their powers, and the supporting characters that include two sisters, a hacker, and a dog. I added the designs of the front covers of both Vicious and its sequel, Vengeful.
Leigh, Tasha. “Review: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Vengeful’ by VE Schwab.” The Nerd Daily, The Nerd Daily, 30 Jan. 2019, www.thenerddaily.com/vicious-vengeful-ve-schwab/.
Sometimes, I think about the pop-up architecture book my dad has. The pages would act as a base for large towers and intricate foldable models. As a kid, I was intrigued and careful towards the models. There is a lot of thought and design that goes into these pop-up books and I was always curious about how they were created and printed.
And recently, I’d seen different types of artist books that tell a story through words, visuals, and models while still being able to be folded up into a book. This form of book interests me the most as there is so much creativity that goes into them. It also breaks the boundaries of what a book is perceived as. Out of all of the forms of books, I’m most curious about artist books.
I’m excited to explore bookmaking as it’s something that interests me. I see videos of people bookbinding books with hundreds of pages or people even making their own recycled paper and I like to admire the process.