Straight Jackets: the Art of the Book Jacket University of Otago Straight Jackets: the art of the book jacket

The most economical and by no means the least effective cover for a book is the typographical jacket. In the confined canvas, there can be a variety of typefaces used, with decorative borders also used to heighten the effect. One design rule is clear: there must be a sense of balance and proportion. Here Will Carter (1912-2001), the founder of the Rampant Lion Press (Cambridge) and well-known printer and designer, has used his calligraphic skills to great effect on MacNeice's work published by the Cambridge University Press.

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