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REFLECTION ON PRACTICE Capstone I : Form + Function


Unseen, seen

project prompt


RESEARCH In the beginning, I was looking at the book designs that I find most successful, and they all share a

same quality, simple and minimal. After picking my posdcast “Who you gonna call?” by Sean Cole, I

realized the minamlism won’t do the rich story justice. I started looking

at interesting book forms and how

the book can be connected through a third object. I found myself only saving book projects that are in

non-traditional book form ever since I decided my double narrative

concept. Seeing how the form of

these books work and suppose to interact with users gives me the

confident to think outside the box and create something that is

different from everyone else. I also did research on phone and hands illustration since I wanted to

incorperate my only drawings in

the book. The extensive research set me up for a good start of the project, and I found myself not feeling lost during the process because of the preperation.


D I S C OV E RY My process of generating different ideas started with mapping out the essence of the story, then I

forced myself to come up with at least 5 completely different

directions without falling in love with a single one. I then started sketching potential execution for each ideas. I was excited

about presenting Sean’s mom’s

voicemail in a heartfelt way, and

that concept sort of follows all my executions since the beginning.

I landed on the double narrative

concept at the end because I want Ed, Sean’s stepdad, to share the same weight as the mom.

I think I explore a wide range of

ideas, but I wish I’ve gone deeper with each one before starting the final book design. I believe the

outcome I generated with these discoveries was successful

because the form and reading experience did not take the

essence of the story away, but enhenced it.



REFINEMENT In the beginning, I was really fo-

v. in conversation with Ed.

library. I spent a lot of time cre-

confusion between three

cusing on creating my own visual

At the end, I believe the

ating illustrations and constantly

characters were resolved

refining the linework and compo-

with the type, color, and

sition. I then had to do multiple

rounds of color refinement. It went from dark blue, grey and red color scheme to light pink, blueish grey and nude colors. It was helpful to lay everything out in differ-

ent color palette and physically

flip through the book to get the

feeling. I was happy with my final

color choices because they fit the characters’ personality and voice a lot. In terms of the book, I did

a lot of refinement on pacing of

the story. Since it is meant to be read simultaneously, I ran into a

lot of clarity and legebility issues. It was extremely useful to have

the printed book for my non-artschool friends to read and get

their feedback on how the textflow works. I made a lot of changes to

the text size, typeface for Ed, icons to distinguish the narractor’s voice


positional treatments.


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