Design Competition: Binding

After printing off the publication I began to look further into what the most successful binding method would be for the outcome.

Here are some of the binding methods I looked into and in some cases tested out:

Perfect binding is a form of bookbinding in which the leaves are bound by glueing rather than sewing.” This was a method of binding I tried in my first year and while looks great when produced professionally I don’t think this is a method I can achieve to a high enough standard. Also, as I’d mentioned before I don’t think the glue makes recycling easy. Next up on my list is “saddle-stitching which is when a wire staple is passed through the fold of a booklet.” This method is one of the quickest ways of putting the booklet together as it’s two staples! However, when putting together the booklet in this way it means that to unbind the pages the paper could get ripped and I want to make it easy to take apart and put pages up around the kitchen! Also, the stapler I have at home seems to have something wrong with it as it’s not holding the sheets together for very long before the staple falls out?

The next binding method I’m going to try once my blue thread arrives is “pamphlet binding which uses a single signature and is sewn with a running stitch down the spine.” This method of binding will book much better than the staple binding method and can simply be cut when the reader whats to unbind the publication. I think this quick method of binding would be interesting because it adds another texture to the mix! A binding method I’ve only really heard about in the last term is “tape binding which places a cloth strip of adhesive tape along the binding edge of the document and wraps around the front and back covers.” The concern of this is while it sounds straightforward enough to put together I don’t think this method would last very long if this is a publication I expect to be opened and used again.

The final method I’m considering is “rubberband binding which simply holds the pages together without it being a permanent solution.” It ensurances the pages are kept together back can be taken apart if the reader wishes and it’s also a material that can be reused past the initial binding. The drawback of this method is the band could snap after a lot of use but I have the publication we produced for The Cass Summer Show 2016/17 and that’s still in good condition even though I’ve pulled this apart!

Before I make a final decision on what my final method is I’m going to test out stitching the sheets together once I get my thread in the post!

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