Critiquing Assignment 5: Your choice

I realise that earlier in the module I asked people to come and comment on my work whilst it was in progress. This was to help bring a form of constructive criticism to help shape my work and give stronger outcomes.

I realise that this critique was missing for my final assignment of the module and wanted to ask a group of friends/creative people to comment on my final assignment…

If you’re reading this I’ll do my best to make the aim of my final assignment clear so you have an idea of what was expected of me. For the final assignment I had to chose between three separate briefs based on my personal preferences/what I thought my strengths or interests were.The aim or purpose of the assignment is written in the brief which I’ve summarised below:

The Brief: Book Design

Penguin books have asked you to create a new house style for a series of books based on design for children and young people.

They want you to work on their first three titles: Colour, Typography, Photographs.

You will need to produce: Three Covers (this includes front, back & spine). The designs will need to be recognisable as a series of books but also be appreciated as individual books.

They have also asked you to produce the book on Typography called: A is for… This can be an unconventional text book. Create an introductory chapter of at least 4 pages that is visually interesting and will entice young people into reading it.

 

My finished Book Covers:

Colour Book Cover

Colour Book Cover

 

 

 

 

 

Photography Book Cover

Photography Book Cover

 

 

 

 

 

Typography Book Cover

Typography Book Cover

 

 

 

 

 

Typography Book Cover & Introductory chapter:

Typography Guide front cover.

Typography Guide front cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typography Guide p.1

Typography Guide p.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typography Guide p.2

Typography Guide p.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typography Guide p.3

Typography Guide p.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typography Guide p.4

Typography Guide p.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please comment on:

How well you think I met the task set by the brief,

If I was successful why? If you think the work was unsuccessful, how could I improve it?

How well the covers and introductory chapter appeal to children/young people…

One thing to mention is that as the age was not exactly specified by the brief I set the age range as 10-14. Do you think the covers and chapter content is right for that age group? If not, please make suggestions about what you think would be more effective/suited to this age range.

 

2 thoughts on “Critiquing Assignment 5: Your choice

  1. Lorsen Camps

    As always I have a lot of comments to make, but I’ll try and keep things brief!
    The aspect of your work here that I think works best is the Typography guide pages. I found them interesting and engaging (as I didn’t know all of that info). I like the page colours and particularly the images you’ve used (did you do these or were they sourced?) and particularly the way you’ve encouraged young people to interact with your book by adding their own font. Perhaps you could do more of this kind of interaction. I’m not sure what they mean by an ‘unconventional text book’ but I guess these sorts of interactive elements would be a good response to that. There could be bits to colour in or room for them to practice copying a font with a Slab Serif (or whatever). Maybe you could challenge them to answer some questions within the book – either a quiz or to research things for themselves e.g. to source from the internet less expensive options to ‘Font Lab Studio’.
    In terms of what I don’t think has worked so well is the book covers themselves. I don’t think they are visually appealing enough to make them stand out from others on a shelf. For instance the one on Colour is not actually that colourful if you look at it as a whole. I would expect any book on colour to have colour splashed all over it! Neon, bright, energetic etc. Similarly the one on Typography doesn’t really feature typography. I would perhaps expect to see a title with each letter made up of a different font. The titles are not bold enough for me and I’m not sure they look like a series of books enough. Re. the book on Photographs – I’m not sure what this book would be about but you may need to distinguish it from a book on Photography.
    I would avoid writing in block capitals on the backs of the books – it’s harder for people to read, particularly people with visual impairments or dyslexia. There are a couple of grammatical errors and type-os within the text so just look over those again.
    Hope that’s helpful! I’m happy to chat this through some more with you if you’d like.
    P.s. I have a set of large wooden printing blocks, 2 trays in which smaller blocks used to be housed and a nice looking old school polaroid camera. You’d be welcome to borrow them if you needed to take photos in the future.

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  2. Christy Archer Post author

    Thanks for your comments Lorsen. Firstly in response to the Typography guide – The images I used were all drawn by myself, uniquely for the guide, I just used Illustrator to turn them into Vector graphics. I like your ideas about making the pages more interactive particularly the quiz/colouring element, something I can play around with!
    I agree/see where you’re coming from in terms of the front covers not being visually appealing enough to stand out from others on the shelf. I wonder whether I should look at re-making them with a limited but bolder colour palette (like in the typography guide). I also wonder whether incorporating some illustrative elements, for instance an drawing of a camera etc, on the covers might make it more appealing and add a visual link to the style of the typography guide.
    Thanks for letting me know about the typo’s and the tip about not using block capitals on the back of the book – I hadn’t considered that as a potential barrier to people with dyslexia/visual impairments.
    I’d really appreciate the use of/borrowing those wooden printing blocks, trays and the polaroid camera you mentioned! I think they could be used to improve the designs I have at the moment.

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