Japanese Binding – Menu designs

Japanese binding is a form of book binding that doesn’t use any glue or folding is involved. I like the idea of using this technique for the menus which will give them a unique look and feel. The thread can be used to complement the colour scheme and imagery that is used on the cover. If I was going to use this binding technique on the menus I would want to make sure that I add another inch to the pages so that the binding doesn’t cover any imagery or typography; as you can see from the images below the binding can be very complex and intricate which could a be used to add to the geometric pattern theme. As you can see from the third image there was no space added for the binding which resulted in some of the binding covering up the title of the book and on others the images, which can affect the presentation of the piece and make it harder to read.

This method of binding can be very aesthetically pleasing because of the different patterns and designs that can be created using the thread, dependent on the holds that are punched through the paper. I do not want to over complicate the designs by adding noise such as over the top thread patterns. The practicality of the binding is high because the holes are made deep within the book so there is no chance of the book being falling apart and with machinery the holes can be punched pre-fabrication of the books and the only process that would need to be done by hand was the actual treading. i am not 100% whether or not to use an intricate binding pattern or the more traditional slab binding using this method.

http://www.ibookbinding.com/blog/top-10-japanese-stab-binding-tutorials-on-the-internet/

http://beccamakingfaces.com/2013/03/30/japanese-ledger-binding-a-tutorial/

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