FinalVisualBook (Click this link to access the pdf version of the final product)
About the Project
For this project, we were given the freedom to create a bound book about anything that was of interest to us. The only specific instructions that we were given was to incorporate our knowledge of typography and grid systems that we learned from previous assignments into our design.
I decided to make a travel book of all the places that I plan to visit after I graduate in May. I wanted it to be of practical use to me, so I created one day itineraries for six different destinations within the United States that I’ve always wanted to travel to.
I chose to use Adobe InDesign CS6.
The final book was printed and bounded using three brass fasteners along the left hand margin, centered aligned vertically on the brown textured area.
From the very start, I knew that I wanted to aim for a scrapbook feel. I knew it would be a challenge since this project would solely be on the computer. Right away, I decided that I would use textured paper templates to give off that feel. The following is the back page which as the least amount of content and most effectively portrays the texture that I was looking for.
As far as the font that I used, I seemed to find a custom font that was a good fit from the beginning very appropriately named Travel Diary.
After creating the content, I knew that I needed to liven each page up a bit with images. Initially, although the images were sticker like, they didn’t seem to quite go together and their formatting wasn’t the best.
So I decided to find completely new images for each city. In addition, I discovered the magic of drop shadow effects, so I applied those to each sticker to bring a sense of depth and three dimensionality to each page. Here’s how some turned out.
I also decided to make each schedule page a bit more personal by including a picture of the city that corresponded with each itinerary. Here’s a few.
Another adjustment I made regarded the bullets of each itinerary. Initially, I used just plain bullets as follows.
However, I saw that this produced a lack of consistency, so I decided to redesign the bullets to resemble the texture of the Travel Diary font like this:
Another major adjustment made was at the beginning of the book, on the inside of the cover page, where I provided a map of the United States where I marked off the places that I will be visiting. I originally had it represented one way, but I was not satisfied with it. I thought it didn’t go well with the feel of the rest of the book and that it didn’t effectively portray the information that I was trying to convey, so I decided to make a few changes.
As for the left side of every page proceeding this map, I included a space for “Traveller’s Notes”. Ideally, this will be used for travel arrangements and any other details pertaining to the trip. I also included an inspiring travel quote at the bottom. Here’s how it turned out.
Below are examples of the final product. Feel free to access the pdf to the entire book at the top of this entry.
The final critique was great. Everyone’s books turned out so well. It’s really inspiring to see how creative people are. If I were to make any improvements, it would definitely be to try and print on heavier weighted paper. If this is something I hope to travel with, sustainable durability is an important thing to consider. Since I’m a beginner in InDesign, I felt a bit restricted at times with not being able to necessarily produce an idea or two because it was a bit too complex for me to actually design due to my limited experience in using design software. Nevertheless, it definitely showed me to not underestimate my creative abilities. Not like this book is anything special or complex, but for me, it was definitely a step outside my comfort zone and by the final critique, I produced something that I was satisfied with.
*Disclaimer: None of the visuals used are original images. The following are the sources of each.*