CIP: Collection: Changes to type and layout

A few details I forgot to mention in my previous blog post, a in relation to the final book, which you can find on Issu.

My font style was changed to a more simplistic and clear text, to create formality with in the portfolio. I personally think this change helped, as I was checking back on the class feedback and what stood out most in the suggestions was the contents font and layout.

I’ve set the main body text to MS Reference Sans Serif, size 9pt.
As it was suggested that if I were to create an A5 sized document, the text can’t be any bigger than 11, unless it’s headings or subtitles.

My quote headings or smaller headings were Orator Std, at size 13pt. I was pretty fond with how the type was in capitals and the font overall is quite sharp.


I had to make A LOT of changes to the layout that I finished off with, I kept going back and forth from one idea to the next, but what helped me make a decision in the end was, that I needed to focus on readability of the contents and how it’s presented.

For some ideas, I went to Issu and took a look at a couple of the portfolios that other people had posted. I found that the majority of them had a running colour scheme which tied in with the cover, but the navigational system with in the content was clear and I knew exactly what page I was on; what I was looking at and so on.

So, I decided that instead of having subheadings in the content that’s presenting the work, I decided that by having a little title heading at the top corner of the page, may of been a more discrete approach.

Print and bind decisions
Hell, I don’t even know where to start.
I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to publish it to blurb or some other bureau to do it for me. I was a little stubborn with that decision, but I had to consider cost, when it was going to arrive in England and the fact that the bind options were so restricting.

I wanted to also try out a stitch bind for my book to fit with the simplicity of the content, but also I like how I could have the option of creating patterns with the thread, if I wanted to.

I also started to think, that perhaps, I could of bound the book by using a crossed stitch bind? but, to manage with how things have proceeded so far, and how you’ll need to layout the front and back cover in to a template first is quite time consuming.


CIP: Collection// Development: Layout and Content update.

Going along with the idea I had previously, I did definitely find it easier to start placing in the content before the designs of the pages. It was less troublesome as well.

When I started to go through each page and started to add every little detail, or even the photographs/images I wanted to place, I could start to see the structure of the content building up smoothly.

CIP : Collection//Further Development- Part 1. Layout and content.

After my recent exploration in to how I can start lining up the content and thinking about consistency with in the layout in general, I found myself making a lot of changes as I went along.

The first couple of changes were with in the first set of pages, I found that there was a lot of information that looked too cramped with in the small space, so I had to find some time to organise the text and images a bit more.

When I also went back to look at the plan for the pages for the Author:Reporter studio projects, for example, I was a little intrigued at how different each layout for each project was. I could’ve stuck with the same consistent layout through out, but they were all very.. awkwardly placed.
I felt that I was looking at something that was a little bit all over the place, so my plan is, to try and get each project page set out, so they either look similar or the content is laid out in the same order to make it simplistic and presentable for the viewer.
I’ve decided to worry less about the design now and just focus on getting my content in first.

CIP: Collection- Development and testing

Going over the feedback again, I wanted to try and think more on how I wanted the content to communicate to the viewer. Of course, I had my original concept of it being plain and all, but as I started going to many different sources for inspiration or influence, or to get some more ideas, I found myself wanting to make the pages look less blank.


In my opinion, so far, as I started to lay out more and more content in to the document, I found myself feeling that it could use more interaction. I thought as I had a lot of prints or posters, that I’ve developed, it would be sad to not show that with in my portfolio and that I could have a page or some kind of pocket, that will help to contain a series of pull outs?  and that this method could be applied to the images for the thoughts of the week, or even with any of the tests/ideas pages. I was really limiting each project to just a couple of ideas and two or three of the final finished pieces.

But going back to the layout in general, I started to play around with the cover a bit more. The logo was too blurry in the first place and I felt that it could be spread across the page instead, considering it was quite difficult to see, but after re-drawing it by hand, I started to see that I shouldn’t keep trying to leave space around my image and that I need to think more about how the text can link to the image, or to try and think of a way that the text can link back or sync with the visual.


I decided to keep the design abstract and simplistic. I didn’t want anything looking too harsh, but I also wanted to reflect on my research and inspired designs that I had found along the way.

When going to places, such as pinterest or looking back at David Carson’s work for example, there were moments where I found myself really liking the way they had overlapped two different textures or colours and they worked well with each other.

So, this is what I decided to apply to the cover. I also wanted the effect to look similar to how an image would look, if it were to be printed from a Riso printer.



So, returning back to the title, I liked how my previous tests were handwritten, as it was a way of expressing how I enjoy creating by hand more than anything, but I felt it worked a lot more smoothly than the digital text. I knew I had to be very careful with how I decided to re-create the text, but well, I didn’t want my collection/portfolio book looking too formal. The ink drawn texts were appearing a little too blurry on the page, and when it came to the acrylic texts, they also had the same result. I was a little disappointed by this, but even when checking the scan options, they still appeared like this.

In the end, as I figured that the majority of my tests, ideas or even the drawing I contribute towards my projects, I tend to do them in pencil and pen. Testing out again, I used a specific range of colours in connection with my portfolio theme to see how well it worked out.



CIP: Research- Layout.

Thinking back on all of the research, ideas and feedback I’ve obtained in such a short period. I’ve started to look at Ray gun, as a source of inspiration.

Designed by David Carson. Carson is known for his use of type play and involving it in his designs.

I can name one aspect that I enjoyed about his designs, which is: how well the text works on the images. Ifeel that his choice of colour scheme works well, they link back to the photographs.

After going through his designs,  I know that I want to do a more, illustrated approach to the design of the layout, but there was a thing that I did come to notice, during the feedback for the mock up. I was trying to squash too much on to one page.

So, if you refer to my previous post about the changes of what to have in the content, then you know why I’m bringing this up.

I went to the library yesterday and checked out some books about design, and Itried to look at more animation or art related books to look at how they place their images on the page with text.

Athing I didn’t want for my book was lots and lots and LOTS of text to go with my images. Iwant a brief description; over all, my intention was to have a design that’s minimal in a way, but plays on aspects of my design style. I like bold colours, while I like pale ones too. Ilove lines. Ilove quirks. (more…)

CIP: Week 22: Mock up and thanks guys!

The feedback was excellent. I really want to thank everyone on their input with my mock up and everything. I was really stubborn about the cover design, but there’s still some things I need to update here about the development and testing, etc.

From what I’ve gathered, what my mock up at the moment lackss is consistency… and maybe, I need to re-think the type.

I was planning on changing the layout as I go a long, but that’s a little too time consuming and sometimes, if you do that, there’ll always be a problem. So, over the weekend, I listed out what I’m going to have inside the portfolio, to help me get a even clearer idea of what I’ll need to focus on, instead of doing it willy-nilly. (more…)