Designing novels for a visual audience: font psychology, digital text, and the value of printed books
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KeywordResearch Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Art
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::History subjects::Book and library history
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AbstractIn early book design, printed text was defined by production demands and economic pressures. The standard of book design that most people are familiar with reflects traditional needs for communication. Now that modern society has evolved beyond the need for printed text and relies primarily on digital media to receive information, book design must reach a new standard of artistic and personal value to remain relevant. This paper analyzes the history of printed books and their transition from a primary source of information into an art form, as well as the differences between digital and printed texts, font psychology, and the necessity of defining print and digital reading as separate experiences. The primary outcome of this study is a redesign of the classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë that highlights the central moments of the novel in a way that is visually appealing and more understandable to a large audience.
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