Redefining and Redesigning the Book Cover for Electronic Reading Devices
Williams, Karen S.
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Graphic Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Graphic Design
Includes bibliographical references (p.87-89).
On an electronic reading device, the traditional book cover ceases to exist as it loses its ability to act as protective packaging and as a unique tactile interface between user and content. Phenomenological theory, as it applies to the graphic arts, leads one to believe that the current practice of using covers designed for print on an eBook platform results in a weakened intellectual and aesthetic experience between a reader and the cover. On the eBook platform the book cover suffers from identity and design issues, the negative consequences of this appearing not just in the reader’s interface with the cover but also in pre-sale marketing efforts. A solution to this problem is to redefine the book cover as a “fenestra,” a virtual window into the book’s content and a source of intellectual and aesthetic enlightenment. Furthermore, the profound differences between the print and eBook experience require that a new creative process for the design of the fenestra be developed and utilized in order to create a synaesthetic experience for readers.
CHAIR: Hogan, Patrick
PDF : 89 p. : ill
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