Tuesday, 17 May 2011

istd project.

yeah, finally!)
we had our final hand in for the 2nd term projects a week ago. so i'm at last able to show you my flatland book.

a bit of explanation:
During the research I've marked out main themes which underlay my variation of design.
The first of them is the idea of existence of others dimensions. It developed the idea of the cubical grid, instead of the traditional one. Plus it symbolizes the transformation of Square's way of thinking. Cube is the prototype of the Square in space. 

But Mr. Square still lives in Flatland and can't use the 3d space, so the book (which was written by him) can be unfolded flat. The way the book looks right now is the result of using it in Spaceland. So it could be viewed both ways - folded and flat.

All text blocks and almost all the lines are aligned by one of 3 guides. The lines visually depict space, help to identify the direct speech in the text and express the emotion of the text. The chapter that I've chosen has very wide range of emotions, so the lines placed in different ways and by different schemes demonstrate the ways of possible using them through the whole book. They provide additional relations between text blocks.

There are die-cut triangles (or square in perspective while unfolded) on the page edges. I laced them as additional anchor points. Each chapter has its own selection of cut figures.

The cover inspired by the idea of existence of another Flatland, some parallel world. It
gives an interesting 3d effect while holding it in hands.

Text blocks depend on the chapter sense. Text in the first part of the book is more static and solid. It symbolizes the essence of Flatland. While the second part is full of dialogues and bright descriptions.
In the dialogues – Square's speech always goes horizontal, despite the grid structure.

Page numbers and chapter numbers are put on the edge that makes them just additional, submissive, while the text "lives" its own live on the spread.


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