Welcome to the Designer Bookbinders online 2021 summer exhibition, Design Equals Function (DEF). Design Equals Function is our second online exhibition, following on from ABC (Art Book Craft). Once again, this showcases some of the finest work in contemporary bookbinding and book arts in the world today, all produced by the exhibiting members of Designer Bookbinders.
Designing a book is one thing; ensuring it works as a book is another. Hidden under the outer skin of any book is a complex array of materials allied with technical engineering that ensures function. Each element is designed to synergise the text block, the binding and the form of the book without compromising either. In short, the book has to work as a book.