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Dalian University of Technology Press, China

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Production Cost

200.000 RMB (US$29,250) Financed/sponsored by publisher and printer

Production Time

6 Weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

265 mm (10.43 in) × 200 mm (7.8 in)

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Number of Colors

4-Color CMYK



Japanese stab binding (side stitch)



This front-to-back, back-to-front monograph for Japenese designer Hideki Nakajima is a behemoth in both size and production values. I can’t even imagine what the process it must have taken to bind 1,400-plus pages and what’s even greater is that it still achieves a sense of softness and delicacy that in perfect-bound or Smythe sewn form would have probably looked like a boring encyclopedia. Designer Nivard Thoes explains: “The bilingual book is divided into ten categories and can be read from back to front and vice versa — the book has no front or back. One side of the book is provided with a hardcover (dutch-board), The other cover is formed by ten separate semi-transparent layers.” By looking at just the images you don’t get to see the transparent pages right away, but once it’s pointed out the effect is subtle. Nice to see a collaboration between two designers (Nakajima and Thoes) work out so well.

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Hideki Nakajima Monograph


Production Method




Art Direction, Design: Nivard Thoes (WX-Design)
Creative Director: Wang Xu
Photography, Artwork �: Hideki Nakajima



Production: WX-Design / Sasa Lau
Editor: WX-Design
Publisher: Dalian University of Technology Press, China.
Print & Binding: Shenzhen Meiyaqi Printing Co., Ltd.
Distribution: Shenzhen Hightone Book Co., Ltd.

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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

April 7, 2009


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