I was reading some stuff on the webernets from a guy named Keith Smith, a bookbinder who also writes books about binding books.
He made a very interesting, to me, remark about books. He points out that the turning of pages creates a kind of cadence, a rhythm. He has written a whole book about this, which book I have not read and might well never read. But the basic idea is obvious, and it unfolds itself easily in to more ideas. How would we manage the cadence? We might put several pictures on one page, to slow the reader down (generally -- not 100% of the time, but often), or we might use a picture with more interest (more people?), and then the next page is the one you want to nail them between the eyes with.
Or whatever, really.
I've long thought about sequencing of portfolios, and creating ebb and flow, rising and falling themes, ideas of that sort. I've never thought of it in terms of time, though, just of ordering. Of course, if you're hanging stuff on walls, there's a lot less control of ordering than in a book, but neither is absolute. What a book does give you is a pretty distinct cadence. You can only turn pages so fast, and as long as you've got the reader/viewer's interest to any kind of degree, they're likely to turn pages more or less on the beat, as it were.
Food for thought.
How does the structure of the book alter the basic cadence? Big pages, little pages? Thick pages, thin pages? Slick pages, matte pages? Big gutters versus little gutters?
How could I build a book with a naturally non-linear flow, with loops or forks? Where we consider books to be pretty much anything made by gluing and/or sewing pieces of paper together.
What ideas from here can we drag ruthlessly back to non-book-formatted portfolios?