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.