Category Archives: Book design

Margaret Wise Brown: 20th Century Innovator of Children’s Literature

Sarah Davidson Imagine a children’s book. The first thing that may come to mind is not the words or the story itself, but the illustrations that bring that story to life. Its shape may be of significance. It may have … Continue reading

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The Table of Contents, but Digitalized: Worth the Hype?

Radiance Harris Ah, the table of contents. At times glossed over, the table of contents is a key element of book design that has persisted over centuries. We are all pretty familiar with its basic design, at least on printed … Continue reading

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Fonts: Futile or Functional? A Look at Font in Children’s Texts

Haley Serrano The small elements of the physical book format create a specific reading experience. The number of pages might influence whether or not we choose to pick up a book to read, the type of paper might affect our … Continue reading

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Smile: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Cing Zun “Never judge a book by its cover” or “don’t knock it ‘til you try it” are phrases many of us have heard at least once in our lives. While these phrases can often be metaphors relating to someone’s … Continue reading

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Horror Fiction, Non-fiction, and how Font Connects Them

Logan Thienes “Based on a true story” – it’s enough to make your eyes roll. This phrase is famous for its use in horror, but one can’t help but feel it’s overstayed its welcome. A pig-demon haunting a house in … Continue reading

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The Green Gothic: An Overused Trope or a Natural Association?

Dana Kasdorf There was nothing better as a child in the 90s than staying up late and watching Goosebumps, that awfully cheesy horror show (unless, of course, you were watching the arguably better Canadian version, Are You Afraid of the … Continue reading

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