Playing with type placement

The low res PDF is some prints chosen from Nothing gold can stay. They are for both the video and one of the artist books. It shows how I think the type could be placed on the pages. It will be a good comparison with John's type placement.

Below the PDF are two columns - the right hand side is currently blank.

The left column has four prints chosen from As kingfishers catch fire. They will be in the video. They are printed on Fabriano Tiepolo 300 gm. Later on, I will show how John McWade actually placed the type.

The scans were made on an A3 flatbed brother scanner at 600 dpi.

The web font for the PDF is Garamond EB but when in letterpress will be Bembo. They have a very close geometry.

The right hand column will show how John placed the type on the prints for the video.

Experimenting with type for Nothing gold can stay

Where to place the type?

Questions relating to font size, leading etc, are relatively easy compared to where to place a block of type so that the page is well designed. I've scanned the prints at the actual size of the paper 370 mm x 280 mm. The placement of the intaglio graphic also varies on the page. So the dynamic between two placements is changing all the time. Most news bulletins are visually confusing. Here John and I hope to get a balance so that the eye is not led in opposing directions.

08 Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89 As kingfishers catch fire.jpg
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10 As tumbled over rim in roundy wells.jpg
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An Ignorance a Sunset by Emily Dickinson

An ignorance a Sunset : first stanza 01

An ignorance a Sunset : first stanza 01

An ignorance a Sunset : second stanza 02

An ignorance a Sunset : second stanza 02

Emily Dickinson An ignorance a Sunset : third stanza 03

Emily Dickinson An ignorance a Sunset : third stanza 03

An ignorance a Sunset : experiments with backgrounds 04

An ignorance a Sunset : experiments with backgrounds 04

An ignorance a Sunset : experiments with backgrounds 05

An ignorance a Sunset : experiments with backgrounds 05

Where to place the type in the video?

These prints have been scanned at actual size onto a background of 1920x1080, ie high definition for YouTube video. You can just make out the paper size on sitting in the screen. Now it's obvious that the page design of print and type is one thing for the artist books, but quite another for the video. I've done two versions of each just to show how it's necessary to play - more than twice, by the way - to figure out a good type proportion and placement for each medium. It's why I've decided we can't have the poem in its entirety in the video, but instead a few lines at a time for each print. And similarly Terry Wall's reflections, which fit brilliantly into the artist books, simply can't work in the video, at least in the current formats. So in a while I will create a special PDF of an artist consisting of just poem followed reflection with a simple print for each page. Meantime email me if you have ideas about the print placement.

Title 36 pt and poet info 24 pt for video

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Split of title 48 pt and poem 18 pt for artist book

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24 pt leading 24 for artist book

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48 pt leading 72 for video

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24 pt for artist book

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48 pt centred for video

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18 pt suitable for artist book : contrasts relative sizes

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48 pt suitable for video

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