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client : kcaitypography 3 class
client : adobe indesign, adobe photoshop
categories : book design 

[recognition]

  • Winner of a Silver AAF-District level Student  American Advertising Award (ADDY)
  • Winner of a Bronze AAF-KC 2014 Student American Advertising Awards (ADDY)
  • Featured in the KCAI Patron Preview show.

 

Decode is a hand-bound, meticulously crafted collection of Gertrude Stein’s poetry. Stein’s poems are rather dense and complex in nature, so the book was made to help decipher and “decode” the words within each poem. Everything from the type (Baskerville) to the paper-type and binding was taken into consideration when trying to emulate this concept.

There are layers of information within stein’s poetry, which is visible throughout the presentation of each poem within this book. Each whole is deconstructed to its essential parts, parts that give each poem meaning. These different layers are represented through different paper-types throughout the book that help the viewer sift through the levels of the poems (literally). The arrangement of type calls out keywords, the hierarchy allows one to more easily search for the meaning in the mass of words.

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[process]


 

Various experiments with paper types as well as printing on and layering transparencies, letterpress, and scanning in high-res images to find a letterform’s dot pattern, all lead to the handmade production of this book.

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