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Illustrated Book Design

Childrens Illustrated Book

The art direction

I was thrilled to create this book for Mark. His poetry and illustrations had been an ebook for a few years but Mark wanted a professional print of his book. The book is aimed at children so the illustrations and text had to be large and fun.

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60th Anniversary Photo Album Story

The art direction

To create a beautiful A3 format memory book for the couple and their family as a keepsake coffee table book. This book ties in with a  film showing clips and interviews of the couple, their children to the great, great grand children and friends. At first this was just going to be a photo album but as the project developed it became obvious that it needed a written story taken from the film footage which couldn't fit onto the DVD. It seemed a great pity that so many stories and memories would never surface. So using the transcript from this film I pieced together a story written in the 3rd person beginning with his childhood and her childhood during the war to them meeting and getting married to the life they have now with their large family. All together 7 magical chapters.

Diary and Life Planner

The art direction

A daily  beautifully illustrated diary directed to woman  for upliftment and inspiration. A week by week view which to incorporate an affirmation, picture, goal for the week and a weekly review. This diary is part of a set. See the  journals (below) and Invisible Goddess Book seen in my Typeset Book Design collection.

Journals

The art direction

Beautiful gratitude journals directed at woman to uplift their spirit. These journals are  part of a set which goes along side the Invisible Goddess Book seen in my Typeset Book Design collection and diary pictured above.

Walks folder

The art direction

A collection of walks  in a ring binder. The pages needed to be removed from the binder to be placed in as plastic sleeve ready to take out and about with the walker. A fair amount of essential information to be easily to found on each page. Clear, concise and consistent. Other criteria were colour coding , maps and images.

Gift Book

The art direction

Create a book which is pretty and quintessentially British to entice the reader to a scrumptious afternoon of indulgence.

Eco Travel Guides Series

The art direction

The New Leaf series is about responsible travel and being aware of the impacts travel has on the environment. It needed to be two things: a listing directory and a coffee table book to be browsed through at leisure for inspiration. I wanted to bring all this across in my design. From imagery to clean lines, type and white space.

 

A lot of different types of information needed to be crammed into a small space. So it was important that I found a way to unclutter the layouts. To achieve this I used a clean san serif font throughout both copy and panels. The panels were joined

together with the only differentiation being tints of the title colour to create a defined space rather than a patch work. The images were also joined to create a flow of imagery.

City Travel Guides Series No. 1

The art direction

To update the design in conjunction with the conversion from Quark to InDesign as it was such a well known series the design would stay much the same but would be given a sleeker, cleaner and more modernised look.

 

Execution

The cover kept the title running down the side as per old series but the many images used on the original were cut down to one and tint blocks with minimal text gave it a more modern feel. I created a colour palette of seven swatches which would be used across the series rather than the original bright and garish multi coloured covers.

 

The interior is a complex design with a lot of elements and styles which over time deteriorated, confusing creatives working on them.  This gave me the opportunity to fix a lot of the bugbears by collating all the issues and fixing them once and for all throughout the series.

 

This involved producing new paragraph and character styles to enable quick synchronising of styles throughout the series, including master pages, colour swatches, libraries, book function and designer briefs. All these elements now work together to minimise the deterioration of the series and easier to keep up to date for the future.

City Travel Guides Series No. 2

The art direction

To update the design in conjunction with the conversion from Quark to InDesign as it was such a well known series the design would stay much the same but would be given a sleeker, cleaner and more modernised look.

 

Execution

Although the original design worked in its heyday, it had became too complicated and fussy, with too many elements, symbols and colours clashing with each other. The chapters were rejigged and renamed and the content was reorganised into a much more reader friendly format. Although some elements of the design remained the same a lot was revised and refreshed.

 

This gave me scope to play around with the design, enabling me to keep a few original elements but add a new dimension to the series. The colours became less pastel and more playful and brighter but used more efficiently. The rounded corners and fades were one of the first elements we changed to create a cleaner, sharper look. I took out unnecessary elements to create a whiter space and less fuss to ensure the reader is able to gather all the information in an easy to read layout.