Category Archives: Book design

The World in Reading

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The World in Reading is a thematic introduction to the rich and diverse collection at Reading Museum. The brief for this museum guide was to conveys the sense of inspiration and enjoyment that can be derived from studying and handling real objects, whether they relate to Reading’s local historical and natural environment or other cultures around the world.

The design combines a contemporary palette, clean sans serif and flexible grid to show off the collection at Reading. Juxtaposition of different image treatments provides variety of colour, texture, shape, and scale.

The cover illustrates the breadth of the Museum collection and provides ‘teasers’ which hint at the treasures to be discovered.

Historical Thesaurus

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Based on the Oxford English Dictionary, the Historical Thesaurus is the largest thesaurus in the world. Over forty years in the making, it contains almost every word in the English language from Old English to the present, allowing readers to explore words connected in meaning throughout the history of the language.

The Historical Thesaurus is divided into two volumes: a browsable main text thesaurus, and an index to find words that through the ages have been similar to it. It contains over 800,000 meanings organised into more than 236,000 semantic categories and subcategories in a descending hierarchy indicated by a numeric classification system.