As important as the content of the book is, the cover comes first and is what people initially see. Like the Print Handbook I was given last year, which I was studying over Easter, I was interesting by the gatefold cover it had and would like to do it for this publication, partly due to the potential it has.
An example of gatefold
I also want to experiment with hidden messages and the way the reader interacts with the book, serendipity is to do with discovery so an element of discover is maybe needed in the book.
obviously I’ve got to work on the content. I’m thinking of using quotes, inspiring sentences or even song lyrics. I also think it would be good to temporary seal the gatefold and see if people discover that it opens..? again just trying to make it interactive and a puzzle.
I think it would also be interesting if text on different pages lined up and contradicted itself, or went from being negative to being positive, but subtle.
I think I want the cover to be on white, or a shade of it, in a colourful collage style, spelling out serendipity in newspaper cut out, like ransom notes:
With possible, unless it becomes too distracting or chaotic, random text and images.
Plenty to get on with, but I’m happy and enjoying the creative freedom and experimenting with mediums and in this case, a books potential.
I decided today that I’m going to put a few hour into my publication ‘Serendipity: A Designers Guide’.Reason being, I want to use it in my portfolio and for our final show, which are things we’re working on this FINAL semester. I’m actually enjoying this project a lot more than I expected, especially when I started because I thought I chose a dificult word. What I’ve enjoyed is creating this playful and creative publication, I’ve been able to be extremely experiment, and it’s been great.
Since we finished the project, my designs have developed a fair bit.
I had kept it simple, maybe too much, and well, I thought it was messy and tasteless. The original set of spreads had no colour scheme and I had stuck with quite generic fonts.
When I decided to re-visit this just before we broke up for Easter, I had decided on continuing with the publication, but starting from scratch.I had done the neccessary research, but, due to our dissertation overlapped this project, The final design outcomes had been rushed. I had discussed bring different styles and design methods into this experimental publication, because that what Serendipity is all about, and if I wanted to teach people of it in my guide, then I wanted the book to have qualities of inspiration.
Today, when I went back to the collage spreads, I was inspired by bauhaus design and wanted to incorporate it into my publication. I also decided to mix up the colour scheme, retro colour combo. I’ve also reconsidered what fonts I’ve used, and have axed Pier San for the more versatile Avenir Next, using both the medium and heavy.
To be experimental with the pages I have, and those I’m yet to create, and to decide how I want the cover to look.