hexagonal ident – in motion

Foraying back into animating in AfterEffects is easier than I imagined, compared to the unexpected pain of installing and wrangling the sparkly new (and slightly buggy) Digital Publishing Suite in InDesign CS5.5…

Working on some drafts of how the ident might look on the initial screen for the book/app, before you transition to the menu or main text.


This is the unembellished version – still tweaking layers and timing to get it expanding smoothly. Thoughts?


This is a thought of how it might overlay on one of the images I’m using in the main body of the book/app.

More to do. Need to do some more work with gradual and partially animated transitions for the main screens, and I plan to do another 2 today and more than 3 tomorrow.

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visual identity for the project

I usually find it quite hard to begin with a cohesive visual identity for a project and not feel tied to a brand or identity that might no longer suit the project. Previous thoughts on title pages or brand are in this post.

More iterations on an identity for the book, thinking about a symbol that might work and a font selection that could be cohesive across the entire book.

Experimenting with hexagons and suggestions of the infinite through repetition.

 

 

I think this is my current favourite: suggestive hexagons with Didot font.

Thinking about how it might look in color, and in a more Faber & Faber style:

(too James Bond?)

Thoughts? Which is the strongest? What is working and failing miserably?

visual experimentation/iterations

experimenting with the intersection of light, architecture and the universe (constellations, as we make sense of the stars). I think my constellation lines are too thick and could be much finer.I’m loving the interplay of the map of streets and the list of extracted words from the text here. And the cute little constellation, lurking there, draco.

Different colouring – mostly derived from the original polaroid, but shifted a bit. Which iteration do you prefer? 

 

The suggestive power of hexagons: yes or no?

Image credits – All base photographs by me, architectural drawing and map of tokyo taken from books.

 

 

representing the universe

Nick Risinger is responsible for the Photopic Sky Survey, a huge photograph of the entire night sky, as we see it. 

You can zoom in and out off the image, around the galaxy, showing planets and constellations and a crazy amount of detail. Where you would expect to see black… there are hundreds of stars. 

Interestingly, as Louie Giglio points out, the Milky Way that we can see from Earth, is only a fraction of our universe. How does one even imagine such hugeness? 

 

The image is Creative Commons so I might use it in my final project. I’m fascinated by the image, and gentle but perspective shifting manipulations of it.

elegy – Borges & experimentation


Draft experiments, working with the text of Elegy (Borges, J.L. 1964, translated by D.A.Y.)


(all images by me)

Not sure if this is heading in a final direction //
or if its just a dry run for The Book Thief (Zusak).

I like the incredible concepts in Labyrinths by Borges, and the turn of phrase is interesting, but not as lyrically compelling as The Book Thief. In some ways, this almost means there’s more reason to express it visually; to intrigue people to read it; to promote an author who is slightly less accessible.

On the other hand, is it worth it? And are the concepts along the line with my thoughts on reading and the richness and power of stories? I need to search for some excerpts/the vibe of the Book Thief. Then we’ll know a bit more about where things are heading.

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Had a look at ‘the Brief’ requirements for next week. Have some bare bones thoughts, but they seem surprisingly inadequate and empty compared to how I’ve been describing it to people. Need to mine this blog, my smaller ‘thoughts’ notebook, and possibly record some conversations where I explain the project.

precedent/inspiration/experiment

in multiples of: ONE

Alice in Wonderland for the iPad


(I need to get this)

Image by Edward Sumner

“I imagined a place encircled by a single bookshelf in the form of a spiral. The domain encased within the infinite spiral itself is the library. Infinite forest of books is created from layering of 9m high walls punctuated by large apertures.”Amy Frearson, dezeen.com

– Jorges Luis Borges – The Library of Babel