Project 5: Documentation
My book was inspired by my cat Kudo. At first I wanted to create something similar to the taking care of my plants book that we saw in class.
Early sketches I explored different ways to lay out text and pictures. It seemed “magazine-y”
I really liked the style of Free People’s graphic design- how its handwriting over text. I really enjoy handlettering so I as thinking of doing handlettering overlaying the entire book. I also liked the idea of cut outs so having cut outs of handwriting and stars and doodles.
I played around with the layout and this was kind of my first design. Breaking the grid is something that felt more “right” so I was not happy with this design.
I started gathering content by taking pictures as my spread layout. I didn’t really like how some of them turned out so I took indiviudal pictures of things and photoshopped them onto a spread. I began to play with font combinations — a serif for titles and sans serif for body.
Post Interim Crit
Some of the comments I received from the post interim crit was that the text was hard to read. They did like how the story was in his perspective (which I hadn’t decided on yet). So I wanted to explore different ways for the body text to be presented on the page. I played around with post-it notes and ripped paper and paint swatches.
People enjoyed the personality of my cat and I wanted that to be more apparent in the text so I changed the body text to a typeface called “Journal.”
I mapped out more ways to present my work. A lot of my iterations were based off the background image.
Post Final Critique
I agree with the feedback I received. The body text was the most challenging part of my work. I had some problems with craftsmanship (still not great with the exacto knife… and fed ex kind of messed up my staple so I redid it and it still didn’t look great.) Overall I had a lot of fun working on this! My cat is excited that his book just got released. :)