A growing interest of mine has been in making tangible things, particularly in print. So often, as designers, we are confined to the screen – to break out of that, I wanted to create beautiful print material.
Featured below is a selection of print projects made during Fall 2018.
In order to help us as young designers understand how our paths could develop, we were tasked to find a designer whom we aspired to in some way. I chose Finnish designer Lotta Nieminen, for her elegant and illustration-heavy style. The constraints were that the paper had to be tabloid-sized, but the design of the print was up to us.
I wanted to create a report that was evocative of the designer. This first page here details Lotta’s path as a designer: her childhood, her education, her career path, and her influences.
Physical dimensions of project: Tabloid, 4 pages
Typefaces: Adobe Caslon Pro, Brandon Grotesque
To continue the report, we were asked to dissect a two projects of the designer. I chose to focus on Lotta’s “Cook in a Book” children’s book series. What intrigued me the most about this project was how she was able to create layouts by hand, and how she formed her illustrations.
At the end of this project, I found I had a better grasp on where I was as a designer. I was also able to take this opportunity to experiment with layouts, particularly in the use of uneven columns.
You can see the full report as a pdf here.
The Things I Collect
All designers collect things, and these thing oftentimes have a formative influence. In this project, we were tasked to create a personal, hand-bound book which explored all the things we collected and how they related to our design journey.
Pictured here are a few spreads from the book. Spreads included things that I used to collect in my childhood like Hello Kitty items, Playmobil figurines – as well as things that I collect now (Marimekko textiles, overcoats, denim jackets.)
Physical dimensions of the book: A4, 24 pages, softcover.
Binding method: Hand-sewn with waxed thread, saddle-stitch, pages hand-cut.
Typeface: Adobe Jenson Pro, Nimbus Roman D
This was the first time I had actually sewn a book together, and in the process of making this book, I discovered the methods that one had to be aware of in the process. Just to name a few: the type of paper, all the different types of binding, the materials of binding, and being aware of the fold when designing.
You can see the full book as a pdf file here.
For this assignment, we were tasked to create three potential capstone projects that we would be interested in pursuing. After conceptualizing them, the proposals had to be arranged onto pages in a manner that could explain the project thoroughly and easily.
I wanted to create pages that could be easily folded in a horizontal manner, thus making the paper easy to transport and present. To accommodate this, I designed each page in a unique manner that complemented the fold.
Physical dimensions of proposal: Tabloid, 3 pages
Typeface: Adobe Jenson Pro
The content of each page included: Subject area, “Why I want to do this project,” Final form + media, Research & materials needed, Skills I will use & learn, as well as potential challenges. I ended up choosing one of the proposals (an exhibit design project) that I am pursuing as an independent study in Spring 2019.
You can see the full proposals as a pdf file here.