Collection: An overview of development

The development of this project started very late, as I said on the last post.
I remember that by the time we had the photography tutorial, I only had work from the first dialogue project done. I had no idea about what to do with engage. As I said, I’m always running behind. Sometimes I don’t even know where I’m running towards. ( graduating for sure, but that’s how detailed it gets.)

I waited, and waited for something to happen. And it did, we receive the handout check list. ahah

I went home, gathered and digitalised everything I could, thinking it was a good start. It was a start for sure.

As a sat on from of the computer and opened Indesign to work on my master page, I realised my grid wasn’t gonna work. Since I had a lot of images, a lot of development, and later screen shots of videos.

I worked it out, made a simple grid, 3×3. Started adding pages just for the titles and descriptions, so I could have pages with only images…to make it look better I think.

Making 1 page with only one image is something I really enjoy. No words, no descriptions. Juts an image to enjoy. Without any attachment to context or reality.

Working on the setup to have 1 right hand side page with the title, and nothing on the back, was a hard task. The printing test I did at home was a disaster.

And after my talk at the printing shop (1) I was so stressed, I tried to make sense of the printing process…but gave up. I though I needed to let it go, everything looked fine before, I checked everything a few times.
So, when I went to shop 2, I asked a lot of questions, but didn’t ask to make a quick test, didn’t think of going back home, and doing another test, didn’t think of asking for help.

So, a few title pages are on the wrong hand side…after noticing this I decided to close the book and breath.

Still, I hope that whoever opens it, can enjoy my work, and getting to know me a bit better.

A lot of stress was put in to it.


Collection: An overview from day 1

From the day the brief was given to us I was really excited about this project. I wanted to bind the book myself, and to make a beautiful case to fit it in.


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Time went on, we worked on grids, we worked on so many things related. We had a lot of time. I usually think I didn’t have enough time, but now I see I did. I started working on it too late. Partly was because I only have 1 day off combining work and school. So I do have a time limitation. But, I also take a lot of time to digest the brief, think about it, research, think a bit more… I’m very indecisive sometimes, and always start the projects with huge ideas I don’t know how to execute. And honestly don’t plan that far ahead, or follow the schedule given ( why is that?).

So with my time limitation and my hesitation to start the work, per se… I hadn’t finished any project when the collection brief was given me. I started to stress, panic actually.
How the hell was I suppose to do this? As I didn’t know, I didn’t start until things got really tight. And I just HAD to do it, or else I wouldn’t deliver anything worthy of being looked at….


Read about the development (an overview) on  post 12.

Collection: Outcome


So, the book arrived. I noticed that a few details didn’t worked out.
It’s done, it was my first experience with such a large amount of work to edit and assemble. I could have done a few things more carefully if I hadn’t  really stressed about the deadline date.

There’s no way around doing as many proof printings as possible, until the outcome is as desired.
Also, it is fundamental to be prepared to deal with printing mistakes, ( money and time wise ).
I’m happy to went through this process, and learned so much. Mainly about organisation and planning skills.



Collection: Development

As its visible from the images below, the grid suffered alterations. But also the images.
I decided that research and development images should have a closer sequence, in order to show the evolution…and the final outcomes now occupy the hole page, without any margins.

The videos are displayed in a grid 5 x 3 , initially was hard to pick the screen shots to portray the videos, but after deciding the amount of images I wanted to use to represent the first one, the rest came to place quite easily.

The titles are in individual pages, since the page with images have a lot of information already, ( have a lot of images or 1 image occupies the entire page. )

It was also a good way to divide the projects and give the reader a time to digest the images in between projects.


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Final grid

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development grid

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Collection: Research

The visit to the Unite Editions website made me reflect about how I wanted my book to look, and also brought a lot of clarity to my project.

My first idea was to make a nice and polite book. But as I went on looking at cool books, I realised that I wanted my images to set the tone, not the white background.

After all, the images I’ve made this year needed to be big and clear. If not, it would be a boring and unattractive book.
I wanted each page to be beautiful, after all, the book its a design project too.

Collection: Dealing with Printing Shops

I was late with the development of my book. I only finished it today, exactly 10 days before the delivery day. So I though it would be best not to risk doing it online. So I went to a couple of printing shops I have close to my house.
The first one was the most frustrating place I’ve been in. I went there with a positive attitude and tried to communicate things in a very clear and proactive way.
I didn’t save my bleeding and crop marks on the PDF file ( had no idea about this detail ) so the guy looked at me and said   “No bleeding?” …. “And what about this? and this?” ….
I added the bleeding and crop marks ( I took my laptop with me, smart decision), and then asked if the smart guy could help me with the rest of the problems he identified.  But he was busy, but would be with me in a while…I waited and waited…and finally decided to go somewhere else…whilst I was on my way to another printing shop, there he goes by inside his Mercedes. Great customer service Call Print ( great portland street shop).

I went to the Instant Print W1, and a nice guy helped me a lot. He answered all my questions and doubts about the printing and binding process my work was about to go through. He checked my files and we talked a bit more… and we made a deal.

I heard about the bad relationship graphic designers and printers can have, and today I experienced it. The thing is, I’m not giving my money to a place where they don’t listen to their clients.

At the end of the day its our work,  its our money.


Collection: Indesign complications

Trying to make a 100 page book without having more than a sporadic experience in Indesign wasn’t easy. And I know many problems would be avoided if we had a more consistent use of the software. Just like Ae, or whatever.
Making us use the softwares for the final handouts is not the same thing as teaching us, and then given guidance over the year. Doing a 6 page spread on Indesign is not the same as dealing with a 100 page book.


Collection: Images

To start this project I digitalised all images could and wanted in the book.
I think this was even more time demanding than the construction of the book pages.
I had to look in so many places for them. Collect images from 3 or more sketchbooks, do a million screen shots… select images from stop-motion videos….
I don’t even know how many images I have in the book, but its a huge amount. What really make me look back and reflect about the amount of work we all did this year. Its a lot.

About photographing the work for the book:

I have a lot of 2D work, so the best way I found to put my work in the book was to scan it.
But the 3D work we had from Neat had to be photographed. Honestly I couldn’t photograph all work in one go, for several reasons… and I also wanted to add old pictures from the process.
The workshop we had about photographing our work wasn’t helpful. We looked at still life photography, what was interesting for itself, but not relevant for this project. I understand that photographing  our work and photographing fruit can have the same approach, technique and theory behind it. But it would be way more interesting if we saw photographs of designed objects made with the intention of showcasing the objects for an exhibition, a website, a portfolio…




Collection: grid and layout

When I started thinking about the book layout everything was very clear for me. I wanted everything centred. Beautiful huge pages with 1 image in the middle, lots of white space. Then I started to actually make the book in Indesign..reality hit me. I started to notice the amount of images I had to put inside this book, the type of images I had to place in it..and all other details I only realised in front of Id.

So I tried to follow my initial idea as much as possible. But the book goal  is to portray my work, in an organised and sensible manner, so therefore the grid suffered a few changes.

I still got my white space, but in the title pages, so overall I’m happy with the end result. And even after proof reading it a billion times, I’m sure I’ll find at least one unpleasant surprise when I hold the printed version for the first time.


Collection: Cover Design

I’ve only decided on the cover after most of the page layout was made. Was definitely  based in one of my workshops outcome. But I created a new image, completely digital. I would enjoyed more the process if I used collage, but anyways, its done, and Its representative of what I’ve been doing this year.


First image is the workshop outcome, that I really like, and on the right is the cover!
I inverted the colours in the  line X rectangles…added the title. It’s a simple design, no differentiation for the spine or anything… what was very good when I went to the printing shop, and they told me I needed to add extra millimetres for the spine. I ignored all those details so far. At least I knew I was in for complications, so I kept it simple. Next book I go fancier.