Library of Babel ID – in COLOUR?

A friend suggested I include colour in the main logo. While I think these are a little over the top, I’m posting them anyway because of frustration that the file I had them in just crashed and lost the work *sigh*.

SNORE. Boring.

More interesting shapes.

Too ordered, I think. Going with the spectrum/prism idea.
Looks a bit like that cellophane stained glass craft you used to make as a child. 

This is more intense and quite like Kaffe Fasset’s spectacular colours. The open road. What will you find?





continuing identity experiments

I think we’re approaching something potentially awesome here: 

Or in Garamond:

Blocked out text (still in Elephant typeface and Garamond) with hexagons incorporated. I think the opacity is doing some really interesting things visually, and also alludes to the elusive nature of the meaning of the story.





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.



expected feedback // lessons for presentations

Presenting our brief for the first time on Wednesday was slightly more nerve racking than I anticipated. I think the size of the assignment really hit a few people who also admitted they were nervous.

I presented my concept for the project, which was considered an excellent concept. I did not, however, have very many visuals to support the direction I was going in or what the final work would look like. I knew this from the beginning of my presentation and actually anticipated that feedback to be the bulk of what was said. I know that’s where I need to base my work for the next few weeks.

possible directions - geometric

Other feedback that I wasn’t expecting was to not be so intent on taking the project to development. Gerhard pointed out that students in the past have developed interactive works with tonnes of functionality that they never get to show in their final presentation. “It’s no use having 100 functional pages if they aren’t good – better to have 3 very excellent ones“. I think it will be hard to break from my innate desire to make sure it works, to treating this more like a pitch for the full development of the app/book.

A few lessons to take away:

  • work on the design of the presentation early enough so that the iterations are out of the way.
  • design applies to timelines and tables too
  • make sure that  the presentation is suitable for large screen visuals, not for single-viewer-onscreen presentation. Some people smashed this and it was really excellent. I was not one of those people.
  • I have 2 presentations left in my entire university studies. I’d better make them count.

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.


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.