Saturday, 30 November 2013

OUGD504- Digital Development

I am going to use two typefaces in my publication:


Archivo will be for the headings and helvetica for the body copy.

I create a custom grid in illustrator for the opening page for each print process.

I have used a four column grid in my indesign document with a 20mm margin which is the size of the pullout. I made the guides fit to the margins so I can keep the content inside of the margin.

For the introduction section I have grouped it with the tools and materials section. I arranged the content in the center using the middle two columns. I will use the same layout for all the introductory pages in each process to keep continuity.

I felt the tools/materials page looked a bit bare so I added the same border as the first page with a scaled down copy inside.

I didn't think that was working so I tried using the the illustration from the first page. I duplicated it and flipped it horizontally to balance out the page. 

Next I created some illustrations to work along side the 'preparing artwork' section. I wanted to keep them simple and in the same style as the first page.

I arranged the heading so it leads the eye to the body copy on the opposite page. 

I rotated the spanner 45degrees to make the layout more interesting and so it fit to the grid. 

The next section is preparing the woodblock so I wanted to create a illustration that could be used for all the processes. The illustration is meant to represent tools as this is when the viewer is instructed to use them. I looked at universal symbols for tools and created my own interpretation.

I haven't got much text for this section so I have kept the column width and position the same as the previous page.

For the next section I though a roller would work well to represent printing.

I slightly rotated the illustration and aligned the heading above it. I made a copy of the heading and flipped it vertically so I could replicate the roller printing the heading.

To finish the illustration I added a box around the heading to represent the printing impression from the roller.

I had a bit more body copy for this section so I tried using a two column layout.

I created a dashed box around the margin to frame the pullout section.

I didn't think the body copy was working being underneath the pullout so I transferred it to the next page for better functionality. 

I framed it with a box so It can be recognised as the same section and added an ink drop at the bottom.

I forgot that the pages have to be a multiple of four to print a book so the extra two pages made up the difference, so I have 12 pages per process.

 The printing sections have more body copy so I have aligned it with the top of of grid so I can fit in all on.

I also changed the illustration by filling it in with black and adding the heading so the audience will know to pull out the poster/guide.

For the other processes I will you use the same layout throughout to keep continuity. However, I will need to accommodate for the larger body copy.

I had to use a two and three column grids for the pages above to get the body copy to fit. This meant I had to adjust the illustration size to the column width so I could span the content across four columns on the 'preparing the plate' section.

For these pages I had to use one and two column grids to get the content to fit. I adjusted the text box sizes to try and get the text to align evenly at the bottom of the paragraphs.

After I had finished the processes, I started to deign the opening pages of the book.

Because it needs to be a multiple of four, I decided to have a statement on the first page, content on the next and a small introductory paragraph following.

Again I used the same grid as the other pages. The little squares have become a design characteristic throughout the book to help link everything together.

Front/Back Cover

The front and back cover will be printed separately and glued onto the front and back pages of the book. I have designed the pages so the front and back are blank so it won't affect he print when glued.

Pull-out pages

I made the grid to replica how it will be folded.


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

OUGD504-Brief Workshop- Mutton Quad

At the start of the session I had to underline words on the brief that stood out to me.

Next I had to write five problems that the brief poses followed by five facts about the subject and content.

For the final part I had to write five facts about the audience, five things I want to communicate and five things I didn't know about the brief.

The exercise helped me to break down the brief and gain a better understanding of what I want to achieve.

For the next session I need to re-write the brief in as much detail as possible so I can start to make some decisions about what I need to produce.