Sunday, February 28, 2010

Finally! Some progress!

So after a long and arduous journey, I've finally made some progress on my Choose Your Own Adventure Book... okay, so it's only just the cover for now, but it's definitely coming along! I focused more on the construction of the actual book, with the flipping and ripping, etc. but I plan on making it look significantly more AWESOME design-wise by the end of the semester.

I don't know if you remember the subject matter, but it's supposed to portray my attempts to decide between becoming a writer and a designer, and it's been great because this project allows me to do both!

I don't have a camera, so I decided to just post the pages as I designed them in In Design. When I get a camera, I can show the actual process of flipping the pages and ripping off the perforated pieces. The second page shows what will appear under the perforated sections. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Second Assignment (I'm not sure where to go with this yet, and this is sort of rambling post of my brainstorming process.)

For our second assignment, we have to respond to a selection of essays on design as authorship. I think it's supposed to include some socially-minded themes as well. My favorite essay of the three suggested was definitely "What Design Means to Me" by Karel Martens. There are a lot of interesting quotes in there, but here's one that I thought was pretty outstanding:

"Because-- like much in life-- designing is making choices. Choices for an often large number of possibilities and in the light of an analysis on the job and an idea of the audience. Yet even after this selection, there are sufficient possibilities remaining to establish uncertainty. Each choice always shuts out other possibilities."

The idea of irrevocable change is sort of interesting. It made me think of "Choose Your Own Adventure" novels, where your decisions as a reader/author affect the destiny of your character. I was thinking of developing a visual way of communicating that sort of novel, but I'm not exactly sure how I'd like to go about it. Acetate? Pop-outs? I want to find a solution that will be straightforward and accessible, and that will also lend itself to social change applications.

Initially, I thought of having the reader physically construct the story, maybe through piecing together different elements? I might also try to find another essay that might help me figure it out. I LOVE reading, especially critical/theoretical essays, so that would be pretty awesome!

If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

PS The examples of previous work on the blog are so cool!

UPDATE: Well, I attempted to do a little demonstration of my project, hopefully a discussion in class will straighten all the kinks out.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Finally... Some Revisions...

Hi all,

I did some work on the type specimen book this weekend, and I wanted to get your opinions. I included some graphic elements in order to wrest myself from my stylistic rut. I will definitely take them out, if you consider them to be particularly offensive. As I was feeling like a dingbat this weekend, I couldn't resist using those bats-- what do you think?

In general, I'm concerned about how my typefaces are interacting-- and if they're too overwhelming.

I feel like I lost a little steam somewhere in the process, and might need a break to get back on track. Here's hoping!

Anywho, here are the new spreads I've been jabbering about:

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Spreads Coming Soon

I earnestly promise to post new spreads from my type specimen book as soon as humanly possible. To be honest, I've just been overwhelmed with day laboring and the pressure of thinking up jaw-dropping ideas, which I've been having quite a bit of trouble with lately. But I guess this is good practice for actually being an adult someday.

Until I have some sort of plan figured out, I remain, panicked and agitated,