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The Questionless Books Interview: Designer Ingrid Paulson

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The Questionless Books Interview: Designer Ingrid Paulson

Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, The Questionless Books Interview gets a host of lit-types (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellerss, readers, bloggers, journalists, etc.) to finish a bunch of statements about the state of literature and the "future of books".

Ingrid Paulson designs fiction books, non-fiction books, cookbooks, art books, business books (really, just about any book under the sun), magazines, cd covers, posters, art catalogues, and, every once in awhile, logos and websites. She's worked with Penguin Canada, HarperCollins canada, House of Anansi Press, Douglas & Mcintyre, Picador USA, Knopf Canada, Cinemascope Magazine, Raincoast Books, and many others. She's received AIGA 50 books/50 covers and the Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design.

Ingrid's Links:

Personal Site
Twitter

I am...

a book designer.

You mean, you design covers?
Yes.
Do you ever design the interiors?
Yes!
Ah.
(pause while you stare into your drink, willing the ice cubes to melt so you can refresh it and thus escape this awkward moment.) That's... interesting.

I am known to...

be very picky about fonts. Especially in movies. Don't give me popcorn and let me watch the opening credits of Avatar. I will pelt.

I do this in...

my studio. Okay, okay, it's really a spare bedroom, but a girl can dream, no?

I do this because...

I'm a failed writer? No, that's not it. Um. Next question.

I do this when I...

have been given a creative brief and manuscript for an upcoming book.

The way I do this is...

Read. Sketch. Image research. Fiddle on computer. Plead design case with client. Repeat.

At its core, a Writer is...

a documenter.

As opposed to an Author, who is...

a magician.

A Writer is responsible for...

the train.

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for...

the journey.

At its core, Publishing is...

the door between author and reader.

As opposed to Editing, which is...

the most intense discussion an author will ever have about their book.

A Publisher should always...

be an impresario.

As opposed to an Editor, who should always...

curate.

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is...

almost a book.

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is...

a book.

A Manuscript should always...

be clean of any typesetting 'interpretations.'

As opposed to a Book, which should always...

be beautifully typeset so that the reading experience is enjoyable. (Apologies, eBooks. You'll catch up eventually.)

At its core, Bookselling is...

playing matchmaker.

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is...

guesswork.

The smallest unit of narrative is...

found halfway down page 88 of Roland Barthes' book, Image, Music, Text (ISBN 978-0-374-52136-0).

To be a Book a thing must be...

some thing that conveys a long text which a reader can read read read. (Or: to be redefined by marketplace and Twitter pundits.)

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is...

robot overlords.

(You wanted me to say something about ePub vs. print, didn't you? But it's not scary: it's exciting.)

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is...

jetpacks.

In the future we will all...

still read, still love reading.

At his/her core, a Reader is...

insatiable.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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