Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Gdes3004: Final Submissions: Thu Eve Group

Below are the final submissions for the thursday eve Gdes3004 Children's Book Design students. Each image is a low res ref image and it should also have a corresponding short paragraph of details to help explain the individual student's ideas/aims.

Amelia Hall

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Egle Buliunate

A. The main visual treatments I have used for the Season‘s Eatings are different (chopping board, blackboard and paper) textures and illustrative approach along the cooking steps to appropriately visualise the fun family time when cooking, as well as an indication of sustainability. These treatments I believe are a good indication of the subject.

B. Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Kids and Hugh Garvey and Mathew Yomans The Gastrokid Cookbook were the greatest references for subtle design for a sensitive audience. They have great design, great photos, artwork and display an amazing minimalistic design.

C. The added features in Season‘s Eatings would be possible only if it was an interactive app book: additional information would pop up anytime an ingredient is selected, as well as enlarge in size. In addition, The cooking steps would have a system of enlargement when they are in action, and then moving on to the next step.

D. Any other links that have influenced me were psychology, motoric system at a certain age of children,  as well as the examples of the London Book Fair, that has influenced me not to be afraid of distinctive bold designs for children.

George Teale

The main concept is based around Icons for ingredients and directions to reduce wording and make cooking a more visual experience, Clean layout and legible typography for target audience to easily understand, bright and engaging colours, Advice on other ingredients for different seasons, plus storage tips to save pesto for later.

The key pieces that influenced my design is the infographic series ‘Infochef’ by Scott Broadley for his completely different take on how a recipe should be displayed. ‘Hungry?’ a cookbook by Innocent for its clean style and use of colour as well as seasonal tips.
Added features would include animated icons and narrated recipes on eBook version. This would add a kinaesthetic and audio aspect to the book which would further improve the learning experience.

During this module I spoke to teachers and children to best understand how children learn. This heavily influenced my approach when designing this book.

Andrew Heffernan

A. I used a set colour scheme and illustrations that had the colour and the outline slightly askew, i used a multitude if different typefaces and photography, to intrigue and grab the child’s attention.

B. I looked at the use of hand drawn typography and what benefits it had, looking at style and inspiration i design my own hand drawn typeface, i think that these styles of font are appropriate for designing for children.

C. on one spread i have added a feature that allows the user to tear out a piece of the page that is made from seed paper and plant it allowing for a plant to grow and potentially be used in the recipe, on the other spread is a fun game for the child to play, where he/she can make a Mr Potato head face with the selected imagery

D. the module pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone as, my style of design is not illustrative, and i have never had to design for children before, it was a challenge that i found pushed my to become a more creative designer.

Ian Cotteril

The final designs I made for the ‘Sustainable Cookbook’ were created using Photoshop and InDesign, with the two photos of the finished recipes altered on Photoshop to resemble an illustration. This was done using tools like ‘photocopy’ and ‘palate knife’, the purpose of which was to appeal more to young readers interest in book imagery and illustrations. 

The layout of the designs was inspired by the ‘Children’s Step-by-Step Cookbook’ by Angela Wilkes, which made me realise that imagery would be the main focus of a Children’s Cookbook, so I tried to make the images of my designs dominate the pages to attract attention. The baby/toddler book ‘That’s not my teddy…’ also inspired me as its additional features seemed to grab more attention from the reader, so I decided to add some features of my own to my book.

This decision was further encouraged by the visit to the London Book fair, where I saw a variety of books with additional features to appeal to young readers of different ages. I later decided to use flip-flaps based on the children book ‘Penguin Small’, as it would not only appeal to younger readers, but it would also give me more room on the page for additional information and imagery.

Karla Thomas

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Joel Meddings

Main style is information design, I felt this was most appropriate for the age range and the delivery of the complex ideas and instructions involved, it also lends itself well to the possibility of app or e-book adaptation

The infographic book for children, Animal Kingdom book which will be published in April. Illustration by Nicholas Blechman.

The dark, Lemony Snicket
Scanable QR imbedded in the page which can be scaned and will take you to ither an external link or to an animation of the pages. Pull tabs for paper version or interactive hot spots for e-book app.

Matt Rutter

“For the recipe and front cover, I used colourful and eye catching illustrations to engage the children as well as cute a anthropomorphist fox characters which will appeal to the children, set the scene/age range and also catch the attention of the adults.

Books such as Hello Kittie – Sube party, Dora and Diego LETS COOK and Cooking with Pooh all engaged my interest and influenced my style of work. I was influenced by illustrators who use similar styles as mine such as the charming animals of Jamie Oliver Aspinall and the fun colourful cartoons of Abie Longstaff. I also looked at online recipes created using entirely illustration such as Tomek Giovani’s The Egg.”

Keleigh Faulkner

My overall design idea aims to adopt a contemporary style, which is achieved through simple, representational illustrations and minimal text which emphasises the action the user must carry out. Key influences include ‘The great Allotment Cookbook’ which incorporates the use of simplistic design elements and ‘Cook it Together’ which uses simple one-word steps.

My suggested added features include the idea of ‘Big Chef, Little Chef’. Two chefs hats will be included with the book which will give the adult and the child suitable roles which is adopted throughout the spreads; tasks labelled ‘Big Chef’ alert the adult that supervision or help is required as it could be dangerous, whereas tasks labelled ‘Little Chef’ will give the child a sense of independence. I would also include flaps, so the child will be able to interact more with the book to discover the quantities of ingredients required.

Time spent with family members that matched the target age proved to be the most useful task for me. It allowed me to get to know particular characteristics and interests of children 8+ which led to the decision not to incorporate any form of digital or online app, laying the focus on getting children outdoors and taking a more practical approach by growing their own seasonal vegetables!

Owen Diment

The concept behind my design was to create a simplistic and easy to read cookbook suitable for target audience of 8+. I created a family of characters that added a personality to each of the recipes. Having an added concept of cartoon characters helps grab attention and keep the child engaged.

Once the book is created into an app, the cartoon become alive and has specific sound effects. The character gives you the option to have the instructions read out load to avoid making your tablet dirty with touch. There is allows an option for the character to explain fun facts while you go through the instructions of the recipe. 

Rachel Hayes

I have used quite a simple visual for this design because I think that it was appropriate for the target audience. I included a character and I included the ‘learning wheel’ idea as in my opinion they will help to keep children engaged with the design.

I have used a range of secondary sources for my design and I also looked into existing books on sustainability. 

These ideas were useful because I based my original ideas on both primary and secondary material and these aided my development process to look at e.g. add-ons including the wheel idea.

In this idea I have suggested the add-on of a ‘learning wheel’ and the purpose of this design is to keep children engaged whilst learning how to cook. I also inserted my own character into the design as a narrator to advise children to ‘not touch hot food’ as an alternative ‘Adult Alert’ feature.

The London Book Fair was an influential trip and whilst I was there I was able to record numerous primary sources. On the day I was able to collect relevant sources which have aided my development process.

Sian Lipscomb

For my spread designs I have tried to use a mixture of both photographic images and info graphic elements to see how they compliment each other in a single design. I felt that this is an appropriate treatment to use for this particular age group as they learn best by copying and following people which is easier to do with photographs, however the simplicity of the additional images mimics the cartoony style of images widely used to illustrate animals and objects in their simplest forms.

I used one key reference for the front cover which gave me the idea to use type to form the design of the front cover. I wanted to adapt this style to my cover as i wanted to move away from the typical photograph image that a lot of cookbooks use.  The ‘bite mark’ featured in the bottom corner of each page for inspired by an article on creative review and and I used this to influence my design so that it adds to the additional elements and features.

I had an additional stand that helps to support the book when its it use, the swivel tabs that move to reveal an interesting fact, the tabs at the side of the book to help structure the contents in a more logical order, the food mile challenge that encourages children and their families to see how many miles their food has travelled and to become more sustainable next time.

asking children to be in the pictures to make them more relevant to the target audience, user testing my design after they have been finished, editing photographs

Sophie McGough

The visual treatments I have used are; photography so the audience can understand what is happening step by step as well as the written part.  Also I have used illustrations to illustrate the main ingredients and characters via the fantasy genre storybook.  

Influences were, Quentin Blake’s illustration and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory storybook.  Also Annabel Karmel was a big influence to me and the book called The Great Fairy Bake Off.  

My added feature was a quiz to be put at the back of the book to challenge the user/reader of their knowledge.  When I photographed my nieces for the recipes and final work it made me realise that some of the recipes where harder than others for them to make, that’s why I chose to use both photography and illustration baring in mind my nieces are within the target audience age range (9-10) and that the audience are all different learners, some of visual and some are auditory.

Roxy Beynon

No supporting text supplied at submission.

Anna Williams

A) The idea behind the Eggy bread spread design was to be child friendly and suggest fun shapes that could be made out of the food. To display these designs I made them into Polaroid’s (the photos taken by children) and displayed them on the family fridge with magnets – like children do to show off their artwork they made that they’re proud of. The instructions in both spreads (and cover) are uniform in the sense that the same few typefaces were used throughout The type used for the spread titles is similar to the handwriting of a child and was intended to give the pieces a casual, fun, kids craft- time effect. The illustrations were made in Photoshop in a cute, graphic, child like manner as I wanted the colours to be vibrant and quirky so the instructions wouldn’t become dull. For the cover I used a selective colour palette using the same colours (orange, green, black),they were reminiscent of healthy, organic hues and the black was mainly for the body of text. My intention for the front cover was to build a countryside scene out of vegetables, almost like an illusion. I made paper mechanics by hand in my Soup spread as I felt the recipe was longer and had opportunities to include interactive actions /illustrations. I’ve always thought being able to interact with the page is fun and helps bring another dimension to the product.

B) The books that influenced my work were mainly pop up books , to look at the technical side of it I read some of ‘Pop up Design and Paper Mechanics’ by Duncan Birmingham. I also looked at pop up books I loved as a child such as ‘The Haunted House’ by Jan Pienkowski (in regards to tabs/wheels and flaps). Also ‘The Terrific Teddybear Pop up book’ by Fran Thatcher as I liked her use of pockets on the page holding extra papers/stories.

C) For the eggy bread spread I suggested fun designs and shapes they could make (as well as try out their own). For the Soup spread I implemented 7 paper mechanics. A pan (wheel)of ingredients, a door/flap to show cleaning hands, a knife cutting motion, a pocket with a jug of water to pour out. Also a toaster where a tab pushes the toast up, a pair of scissors with a moveable (up and down) top blade and a crouton template to help shape croutons in the shape of a fish. I thought it would be better (for e.g.) to show a chopping motion with a knife illustration cutting vegetables, rather than just state it. I preferred this method of communication over static imagery, and felt it involved the reader and helped engage with them.

D) I found the London Book Fair to be an interesting insight into the world of children’s books and it was fascinating to see prototypes of books on display.

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