I never would have guessed that OCAD University would give me the chance to design their graduation catalogue. It’s been so long since I have stepped foot in the school. When I accepted this project, I knew this was going to be a beautiful commissioned piece.
The aim for this project was to create a catalogue that would show case each hand designed piece of art by the student body. I wanted the work to shine and the design to compliment it.
Thus a simplistic but in yet tasteful layout was born. During the ideation phase, we went through a lot of different ideas and it was difficult to commit to one idea. I not only had to cater to the OCAD community but I also wanted to add a splash of my own style to it.
We considered a lot of different colours for this year’s catalogue. Mint green was on the top list due to its mellow and abstract nature. But the most challenging part of this design was the cover.
The cover had to portray and represent everyone in the department. I couldn’t just use anyone’s artwork and call it a cover because that would be “unfair” towards the other students who worked so hard throughout the year.
I couldn’t decide so I used everyone’s work and gave all the students the right recognition they deserve.
Here are some interior spreads form the catalogue.
The uploads for these spreads made the colours extra bright but I want you to get a feel and flow of the book. Please excuse the off colours that you see.
Coming back from a long weekend and getting back to work was always a tricky shift. Especially when you come back sore and bruised from snowboarding at Blue Mountain. I had such a great time that I didn’t want to come back but it is time to work again.
This week I want to share this piece with you. It is an expressive typography composition that features the quote “now or never.” I was greatly influenced by Tim Burton during my years of design school and I wanted to reflect his style in this piece.
The composition comprises of two different typefaces. The now is a serif type that is slowly transforming into a custom never san serif typeface that reflects nature and a grudge kind of feel. To top it off, I illustrated some very rough, straight vector drawings that benefits the marriage of the type.
Till this day the piece still speaks to me and I look back on it from time to time for inspiration.
Aside from designing and sports, I do have a culinary side of me. I really like to bake macarons and cook for my friends and family. When I received this first project of re-designing a cookbook for my publishing company, I was ecstatic. I already had the vision in mind on what type to use and an idea of the type of composition.
This is Pies. A book filled with colourful, warm and detailed images of many different pies. Throughout this design, I wanted to keep the images to dominate most of the composition. In my opinion, it wouldn’t make sense to box the beautiful full images and not give it a full bleed effect.
The instructions are clearly divided in two. The highlight black column is the essential ingredients that you need in order to bake the pie, which I found very important. Contrasted with the black is the white column, which highlights the instructions. The crisp san serif type really reminds me of the flaky crisp crust that a pie has and I wanted to reflect that meaning through the use of the san serif typefaces.
I am very proud of my first cookbook design and this is actually a series of books. On the way are more cookbooks from the same author that I am currently working on. Actually, its at the printers already. I will fill you in once I receive my copies!
Born Ugly was my first book that I have ever designed. As I review and share this book with you, I have to admit it was a time of exploration I was still new to the book design genre and explored many different possible ideas.
Still to this day, I refer back to this cover design because of the powerful, simplicity and effective nature of it. This young adult novel talks about a teenage girl who gets bullied at school, she experiences verbal abuse and loneliness. All of these emotional states will drive anyone up the wall and force you to hide herself from the world.
With the story line in mind, this gave me a perfect opportunity to utilize the idea of The Ring girl imagery. Having lots of hair draped in front of her face. I topped it off with a layer of funky looking typography. This not only showed how she wanted to disappear from everything but it also portrayed her as a very insecure school girl.
The spine of my book is always one of my favourite parts. I feel that it should always stand out from the front and the back because this is the part of the book that viewers see first depending on how the book is shelved.
And it’s always nice to see your own name in your work. Remember to always give credit where credit is due.
If you are interested in purchasing this book click here.
This book was one of my first published designs from Red Deer Press. I was very excited when I first got the project because it was targeted towards a more mature audience. Thus, my aim was to design a book that focused solely on typography.
The cover design was challenging. I have to constantly ask myself, what image or composition would represent all the children’s books out there without making it look amateur.
I went through several design concepts that involved vector drawings of kids playing in a playground, coupled with beautiful san serif type. Then I had the idea of dissecting typography and identifying each detail of the letter as a term in the english language.
All of this was very complicated, I decided to go back to the basics and think about what really makes a children’s book. Then it came to me, magic was the solution.
I drew up some sketches and came up with the idea of having an open book, flaring out stars or magic dust. My inspiration came from the endless Disney movies that I watched when I was a kid.
The interior I felt was a breeze, it contained a lot of quotes and short lists of information. This gave me an excellent excuse to use my pull quote designs to give it a clean approach.
I have many books to share with you, so please check back next week.