Cip: Week 20 + 21-cip +thought of the week

Now moving on to CIP; it’s been a while. but this week was a workshop week.

Thought of the week:

G.F. Smith: To quote a post, I made in the first year, I felt there were some very interesting points i had made previously when we had a book binding workshop back then. ”

G.F Smith, who distribute paper samples all in this one book.

gfsmith-01-lr0649-385x248The reasoning as to why they publish these books, as quoted by the managing director John Haslam, he stated “We wanted to create something that was both inspirational and functional,” and “It’s had a phenomenal response and we’re absolutely delighted about it.”

The book is thick, sleek and has many samples of different kinds of paper, that are created by other practitioners.

They most likely got the huge response they received, due to the way they have presented the book, the types of paper they used as Samples with the details of what kinds of paper they’ve used. The kinds of people who would often be associated for this particular kind of book would be designers, decorators and other types of artists, perhaps?

Which led us to discuss about production value for a book and what would be their main focusing aspects, that they would have to concentrate on.

  • Target audience– Who is it designed for?
  • Materials used.
  • Cost for production.
  • What kind of folds will this book have?

They also need to make prototype of the book, the design of the book and they’ll most likely have to focus on the folds as well. For example:

The target audience is children under the age of five years old. The book itself would have to be durable, so it will probably have cheap cardboard-like pages, the corners of the book will have to be smoothed off to avoid the child hurting itself. You have to consider that they child may chew it, draw on it and get the book messy. They pages will have to be waterproof with waterproof ink. The book being bound together will be stuck together with glue because if the book were to be stitched together or bolted, the child could easily take that apart.

The purpose of the book, production value and the target audience both play important factors in this case.

Other questions to consider:

  • How big will the book be?
  • How thick will the pages be?
  • How many pages will their be?
  • Will the book be square? what shape will it be?
  • What kind of binding will it have?” — Book binding workshop.

In my opinion, Ifeels that this point of view, and things that I’ll need to think about are already all of the questions that Ishould be asking myself with in the production of the portfolio and G.F. Smith, as I stated, their known for creating these useful books which supply you with these samples to help you consider or think about the types, thicknesses and kinds of paper you may want to apply to your final production, or even to have as an example or test.

Another thing about this company in particular, if you were to look at the layout of the book or even the broad structure of it, you can tell straight away that this is part of their company.

Hannah Slaney: A freelance photographer. With the most simplistic of objects, such as an apple, she’s able to make them interesting and gives them context in the way that she displays them. I find that this way to approach photographing objects, buildings can be pretty tricky, or some people might find it easy to do, but just simply taking a photo of something isn’t exactly telling the story behind it or giving it context. When I look over her work, I love the variety and how it’s not too overbearing to perceive the item on display. Even the backgrounds, or where the item is being photographed will need to have some thought in to it, to be able to bring that photograph to life in a way.

I was looking forward to a photography session because my intention was to start thinking about what was going to go inside my book.

From the backdrops, I tried with the advice I was given about how Ineed to consider the background and giving these figures context with the way that they are positioned and the lighting used. While I’m quite happy with my photo results, Imay consider using the other few I’ve taken to really help make the pages stand out in the project.

I prefer the close up shots because you can see the dents, wrinkles and curves the clay has created.



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