final system + essay

Posted by: on May 27, 2011 in


For my system, I decided to make a cookbook. A cookbook, that is something more than just the average cookbook. In the end, it became a book of recipes that my mother makes, and the significance of those foods to me. I made it into a binder format because I wanted to be able to add more recipes as time went on, and as more stories and foods become important to me through my mother.

Everything is in Korean and in English, Korean in white and English in black. Every food starts off with a spread with a photograph of the dish, and a little anecdote that relates to the food. The page layouts have a grid that I stick to, certain steps that require more information are outdented and  have a little illustration next to it. I wanted to create a friendly, homey, asian vibe to the book, so I played up the wooden floor texture and the simple illustrations. The binder also allows for some space next to the pages when fully open, so I made a little notepad that sits on the right so that you could write down little notes, thoughts or ingredients while you read the cookbook.

After the crit we had last week, I did some revisions. I rescanned the illustrations and played around with using white as a pictorial element. And I pushed the notepad idea.

Through this class during spring semester, I think that I am starting to understand slowly what a system is and how it can strengthen a design if used wisely and with a lot of thought. I don’t think I have ever used the word, “system” to describe anything in my work before, after this class, I can’t seem to stop saying that word to basically describe everything. It’s amazing how systems seem to be everywhere!

my one week system

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I cut out a 1 by 1 inch square right corner of every page in a magazine, and glued them together, corner by corner. (They stayed in the exact order of the magazine). In total, I used up 15 magazines, that ranged from RISD catalogs to magazines like Good House Keeping.


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circle/color poster

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outlook handbook

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The Occupational Outlook website contains a lot of repetitive, and what might be dense material. And to make each occupation easier to read and understand, I created a few systems in my handbook: I chose a very cheery color, yellow-orange to be the one color used throughout the whole book, every occupation starts off with a picture on the left side, and the significant points on the right. My handbook is very user-friendly: each page has the same two-column grid, and each new section/header has a column break.  Also, I highlighted, with a yellow-orange box, what I thought were the most important parts of the text, so that the reader can somewhat skim through the text without missing key points.

When I first started this project, I was at a stage when I didn’t find the text interesting enough to read, so I looked for ways to make it more interesting to me. I wanted to do lots of decorative things, like cutouts, use of icons, colorful tabs, etc. But after hearing and talking to my peers, I started to read the text and imagined that I was actually looking for a job, and what type of book would make it easy for me to find the information engaging. And I ended up using a bright thematic color for the entire book, large type, photographs, and a very simple system of headers and section dividers to bring all the info. into one book.


Posted by: on March 12, 2011 in


Instead of creating a sense of order by making a system of sections, I decided to make a system that treated each type of content differently. I decided on this approach, because I was interested in creating interesting spreads, and wanted control of each spread.

My system:
Each upright magazine page bleeds, and is of only female models.
Pages with only text are all skewed the same angle.
Pages with text and images are folded.
Receipts(folded)  and ripped color swatches sticks out from the center of the book.
My drawings/sketches are always upside down.
Photo contact sheets are always rotated and are facing away from the center of the book.

After seeing my classmate’s works, I think I will think about reordering my book into more unified, cohesive sections. Or think about creating a cover in the format of a legend, to indicate what each page orientation indicates.


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