collected book

Posted by: on May 27, 2011 in

for my collected book, I gathered all the envelopes that had windows and #652 which is my mailbox number.

Then I cropped magazines in a way that color blocks would show up on the windows.

I alternated magazine pages and envelops through out the book, and it also had an introduction and the index like part at the end.


Collected Book

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Using a large amount of old magazines, I was able to put together a book of other collected books.

Using a system I made this uniform. The book was organized by color and typefaces. Full body figure was never fully shown and the book consisted of very geometric text boxes.

Philippe’s Collected Book

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Collected Book – Namu

Posted by: on March 24, 2011 in

Generally used aged or off-white paper as well as images that were rich with warmer tones. The book has an accordion binding so that the entire thing can be pulled out. The main system is follows is that there is a line that runs through every composition, sectioning off the top third of the page. Also for every 5 full bleed images, there are two pages of just text that follow.

yo-e’s collected book

Posted by: on March 22, 2011 in

Inspired by Irma Boom’s design system from Design and the Elastic Mind, I created a curve pattern by folding each page. I used 4 different sizes of papers(1 : 0.5 : 0.25 : 0.125) as 4 column grids.
I wanted to illustrate the concept of a book as an experimental art object, that is still clearly designed based on creative system.


Allison’s Inspiration Sketchbook

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My idea is to create a useable sketchbook with the inspiration already in it. I used images from 2 different kinds of magazines (one fashion, another featuring tattoos of hip hop stars) for inspiration, and blank scrap paper (backs of laser prints, graph paper and brown paper) for sketch paper. The book has a system of a page order, from a fashion image, to a blank paper, to a hip hop image, to a blank paper, back to a fashion image.. and so on. The blank paper alternates between the back of a laser print, graph paper and brown paper. There is always a blank sketch paper on the opposite side of an inspiration image on each spread, except for the moments when the front of a laser print scrap meets a magazine image within a spread every six pages. Each magazine image is a loosely controlled crop. All pages are trimmed the same. The final book is perfect-bound with a printed white cover.

Collected Book

Posted by: on March 17, 2011 in

The first part of making this book was finding materials. When I started looking for material, I pulled a giant stack of magazines off of my bookshelf and just started going through them, ripping entire pages out. After I had a rather large pile to sort through I started looking through at what I had picked out. I started to notice a lot of lines and breaks in both images and text, so I decided to go off of that. I was determined only to use scraps or found materials in this project, so I also went through my work scraps and found a window that I had cut out for a previous project. I drew two lines on that window, and went page by page through my material with it. I matched up lines, whether they were in between columns of text or somewhere in a photo, and using this window, cropped the pages. After that I went through and matched up pages that had similar colors and lines, or that just looked good next to each other.

The book is perfect bound, with a soft cover. The cover was also found among my work scraps.

Collected Book

Posted by: on March 16, 2011 in

My collected book is made up of pages taken from fashion magazines that. They are divided into yellow, red, green, orange, blue sections. There is a divider at the beginning of every color section that folds in half with full color that section covers. There are also tabs on the side so that the audience caneasily jump from one color section to another. Each sections have have same page numbers and they are mostly arranged so that the separate pages work as a one spread.

I took some of the feedbacks and suggestions from class and made the cover thicker by folding in and making the flaps. I also added a an image on the cover (a paper printout that i have seemed to suggest the strips of colors on the side of the book while not fully exposing the colorful content inside) and the cut on right corner to follow the tabs of the book. Lastly i added a sheet of paper between the cover and the content to separate them as well as to show the beginning and end of the book.

The feedback was helpful and people suggested that if this system were to be applied to a book containing real content, then I may want to consider the placement and use of the cut-out squares and utilize them as a way to call out a certain aspect on the following page.


Collected Book

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My collected book is made up of pages taken from random magazines as well as newspapers. The colors employed are black, white, and yellow. Some spreads are just yellow, some only black and white full bleed images and some just include text that follow the same column widths. Another aspect of the book is the square cut-out on every page, (except for the last). The squares become smaller in scale as you flip through the pages, creating depth and act as a kind of view finder.

The feedback was helpful and people suggested that if this system were to be applied to a book containing real content, then I may want to consider the placement and use of the cut-out squares and utilize them as a way to call out a certain aspect on the following page.

Collected Book / Sarah

Posted by: on March 15, 2011 in

The basis of my collected book revolved around a typeset experiment of Dorian Gray I found in the trash. The collection features spreads of mini book layouts with different pages that have been cut to the margins of the inner rectangle.

The order:

1. Dorian Gray layout

2. Printmaking scrap paper cut to the mini-book

(repeat 1 & 2 on opposite page)

3. Scrap tracing paper cut to the mini-book

4. Magazine paper featuring models with top margin cut to mini-book

5. Full-size text & image page

I added a hard back cover and cut down the left margin of the book so the Dorian spreads would look connected, to make the relationships between the mini-book trims more obvious.


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.

Collected Book

Posted by: on March 9, 2011 in

Marble covered newspaper clippin


Week 2 Blue Sheet

Posted by: on March 2, 2011 in

* Lecture by Tom Ockerse in auditorium
* Review pattern assignment in small groups
* In-class activity

Review Pattern assignment
Break into groups of five and present your patterns. What did you make? How did you make it? How did the single part produce an unexpected whole? As the viewer, respond to which of the patterns departed most from the single unit. What does the addition of color and the combination of patterns produce?


I have brought 12 examples of recently published books for you to study. I am asking you to spend an hour scrutinizing a single book in order to dissect its whole into its core visual parts. How do those parts relate to form systems? How do those systems connect to form a cohesive book design.

The systems used to organize content within a contemporary book may rely more on paper type, image use, and type families than on the repetitive placement of elements.

Note page size(s), text block size(s), running heads, folios, colors, and other organizational matter. What paper is used? How do the systems connect or fragment the work? What reasons might the designer have had for arriving at these choices? What system(s) does the book rely on to define its grammar? Is there an overall concept that produced the systems?

Present your findings to 1/2 or the whole class.

For next week
Collected Book
The activity today was meant to show how a book can hold together without relying on an overly repetitive structure. The books from today’s activity each interweave seemingly disparate elements (parts) to create a varied but cohesive whole (system).

Create a bound book of any size and page count using printouts of your own previous work, found magazines or newspapers, discarded paper and/or other material. Make an effort to collect a variety of material to sort through.

Although your sources will vary, the overall book should hold together as a single work. Consider the paper type, the trim size, the use of type and images.  Although there are factors you can control, the trimming of the book will produce unexpected internal proportions. Be open to retrimming and reordering sheets to create an engaging and unified system. Do not be concerned with the subject matter of the pages unless they are a part of a system.

Do not collage or add to the printouts. You are gathering, arranging, folding, rotating, trimming and binding only. Take risks within this small gamut. How can you make a book that others can make sense. Be prepared to present what systems are at play in your book next week.

Updated pattern compositions
Adjust your patterns and upload one from each of the three assignments to the class site. Upload 1000px wide jpgs and insert the three as thumbnails in one post and link to attachment URL. Place within category “week1”.

Pages 32–37 from the week one packet. Optional reading from Vignelli on grids.

Next week’s class
Meet in the auditorium at 11:20a for the lecture