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“Roturas e Ligamentos” Book

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Production Method

Offset

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Design

Dulce Cruz

Publisher: Abysmo
Poems: Taborda Duarte
Illustrations: André da Loba
Design: Dulce Cruz
Photos: Sílvio Teixeira

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Printing

Orgal Impressores

Portuguese designer Dulce Cruz creates a new way to experience books by combining two books in one, attached at the back cover. With the left side of the book composed soley of text and the right solely of image, readers can combine the two in seemingly limitless combinations. 

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Client

Abysmo


Quantity Produced

500


Production Cost


Production Time

3 Weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5.82 × 8.27 × 0.4 in.


Page Count

128


Paper Stock

Antalis / Print Speed / White / 135g


Number of Colors

2

Varnishes


Binding

Exposed Threadsewn


Typography

Amor

This piece is available for purchase for $17


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Project Description

"Roturas e Ligamentos", (fractures and ligaments), the naked book, is in its essence two books. Bone and skin. Words and images. It can be read as an articulated itinerary between poetry and illustration, some connections are apparent, others more profound and only appear when the reader allows itself to get lost and deny a sequential structure. This way this book presents itself as a poem, allowing order for every individual chaos and allowing it to reconnect names, reorganize verbs, recombine words, letters and syllables, uncovering a net of new meanings.

This book is paperback, printed in one pantone color on 150g Antalis Print Speed paper, (two on the cover). The tinted edge symbolizes the fracture of the body when separating the two parts. The exposed binding allows a complete spread of the book pages so the reader can combine any poem with any illustration through an endless exploratory reading process. Left sided book is solely made of texts and has no images (except the cover), right side of book is only made of drawings, (even the bar code was cut to fit this rule).

Production Lesson(s)

It was an amazing process to develop this book with the illustrator André da Loba. From the beginning of the project we knew this had to be a special book. After an exhaustive research on alternative ways of book binding and design we decided to create an object that represented the title "Fractures and Ligaments". The idea of making two different books connected by the back cover, allowing the reader to "break" and "re-attach" the illustrations to the text, seemed to be the best way.

The greatest challenge was to make the two books' pages open completely so both could lay flat on a table side by side, enhancing its usability and playfulness. All of that got resolved after a meeting with the printer and a couple adjustments. With the help of the publisher we got to the final shape of the book. Each detail was carefully designed, before it was taken to production. As a result we have not just a tactile book, but a new way to read books.”

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Kelly Cree

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

More: Online / On Twitter

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Date Published

January 6, 2016

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