When Typography Meets a Needle, a Thread and a Book

July 12, 2012     |   designtaxi.com ThreadBook

I have a life-long love of typography, books and fiber art, so when I ran across this story that combines ALL THREE into this one-of-a-kind handmade book, I was quite excited!

Poland-based artist Iwona Przybyla threaded string through sheets of paper to create a book that ‘pops-up’ letters of the alphabet.

The typography book, entitled ‘Kąt 90 stopni (90 degrees)‘, showcases the 26 letters of the English alphabet — each intricately sewn with light and dark blue string so that when the book opens at 90-degrees at any page, a 3D letter appears.

View the entire alphabet here . . .

Typography is Limited when it Comes to E-books

We always recommend that our authors make their books available in both “print” and “e-book” formats, and we offer .mobi conversions from InDesign, WORD or PDF files.  Our decision to only offer the .mobi format is based upon research showing that there are more i-Pad and Kindle Fire owners than all other e-devices combined (Read more . . .).

Amazon.com offers free Kindle translators for a variety of e-readers, offering easy access to just about anyone having a computer, smart phone or pad.

When it comes to formatting e-books, books that are strictly manuscript/narrative are the easiest, most efficient to convert. Books containing graphics, photos, charts, graphs, pull-quotes, columns, foot-notes or other non-typical text (such as fill-in-the blank formatting) require additional time and alternative options to reformat.

During the conversion process, there are several things we watch for which can affect a positive conversion to a readable .mobi file:

  • Text/paragraph formatting
  • Appropriate page breaks
  • Inappropriate use of tabs
  • Image/Art formatting
  • Charts & Graphs
  • Pull quotes
  • Multiple columns
  • Imbedded style sheets
  • Clean TOC
  • Imbedded hyperlinks
  • Special character treatments
    (bullets, © symbols, ellipses, etc.)

What’s YOUR Type?

Does this font make me “look big”?

Ever since Typography Class in college (yes, we spent an entire year analyzing and “designing” new fonts), the language of fonts and their subliminal messaging continues to fascinate me. Choosing the right fonts — whether for your logo, your annual report or your next book cover — sets the tone for how your business is perceived.

Traditionally, financial services have always been known to use a SERIF font from the Times Roman family to emote trust, stability, authority (as in the ING example) — but even that has changed over the years in an effort to be portrayed as less “stodgy” and more “current” (as in the US Bank example).

ING bank


Choosing your “TYPE” is much more than just picking your favorite font from your computer.