Tuesday, 27 January 2015

OUGD404 - Design Principles - Study Task 02 - Folds

'How to Fold a Hot Dog' - Study Task 2

For this study task, we were asked to produce a black and white guide to a folded publication of our choice. I chose the simplistic hot dog fold. I searched on line for some simple instructions that I could easily format into a concise step by step guide. I wanted to make it quite tongue and cheek so used food puns where I could. I also made the cover of the booklet quite witty and bold. Unfortunately I was unable to design and produce this small booklet using Adobe Illustrator, so I produced the individual pages on Photoshop, printed them at the right size and fixed them to the booklet. I also hand drew the illustrated step step guides which I feel added a nice touch.

Monday, 26 January 2015

OUGD404 - Design Principles - Brief 2 - Task 2

For study task two, we must research of folds, analysis of production, scale and appropriateness. Provide evidence of practical investigation into awareness and usage of a range of folded publications and related pagination issues.

In a studio session, we spent an afternoon looking at various different folding methods and techniques, trying them out for ourselves. This task was fun and enlightening. 

We have been asked to produce & print an A4 Black & White guide to producing the folded publication, which is used for the guide.I chose to research hot dog folded publications, which are very basic but effective ways of making small publications. They do not require many resources and can be made with one sheet of paper, a pair of scissors/scalpel and your hands. Children are often taught how to make hot dog folded publications. 

Booklet design:

Ideas for the front cover of the information guide - witty and playing with the words associated with the type of fold

OUGD404 - Brief 2 - Study Task 1 - Book Research

Research into various binding methods
layout, grids, paragraphs, columns, etc

Today we had a design principles session in the studio. In preparation for the session we were asked to bring in three examples of what we consider to be book. This was an interesting thing to do, as after last weeks design principles task I had a very different idea/concept of what a book can be as opposed to my preconceived ideas. A book has a definitive definition, but even that is quite misleading and hazy.

In today's session we were also  introduced to study task two, in which we have to produce an A4 black and white guide on how to make a certain type of folded book/publication. We have a few weeks to be getting on with this.

Various binding methods:


Below are examples of books that I took in to share with people and also what others brought in. We were asked to bring in anything we thought was a book. We defined our own books. I brought in a free newspaper: this publication was simply made using a staple binding technique, saddle stitched. The stock is newsprint which is a very cheap stock, allowing the newspaper to circulate for free. The layout inside the newspaper is nice, utilizing the large layout space well. 

Leeds College of Art College Magazine: Again this publication is very simply staple bound, but the stock is heavier and of a more premium quality. The layout of this magazine is fairly irregular as it covers a lot of different topics and has a broad range of content. 

A hot dog folded book found laying around the college: The Hot Dog Booklet has a front and back cover and six pages inside. You can use any size paper. To make multiple copies of a book, make a blank book with plain copy paper (no writing on either side). Write and illustrate your book with black marker or pen. Open the sheet and lay it face down on a copier. Make as many copies as you want. Fold and cut each one. This is what's so fun and easy about hot dog booklets, they can be reproduced so simply and so easily

A scratch map: a took this map into the studio as to me this is a book,. For hundreds of years, maps have been folded and formatted into book like shapes and publications. This map to me is no different. It folds out but is still technically information printed on paper. When you visit a nation you can scratch it off on the map, thus creating a story as you travel. My table thought that this was an interesting interpretation/example of what a book can be.

Examples of what others consider to be a book: 

Concertina fold:

Takeaway menus are types of books

Inside a free newspaper: this example was not bound at all, simply folded sheets of paper paginated in order

This book has been bound together with string

An example of a closed spinne on a book which as been perfectly bound

Another example of a closed spine