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Week 5/ Layouts & Liaisons


Week 5: Layouts & Liaisons|

Following our primary review, our focus was turned towards formatting, layout and inspiration, with a few liaisons thrown in for good measure. 




Experiment with a variety of layouts, formats and paper stocks, to form a suite of possible options for a booklet.



The realisation that we were being restrictive in our thinking by only considering booklet formats.

Our week began with an introduction to a Communication Design Lecturer at the Art School, who discussed with us methods of booklet creation. We learned a significant amount about the semantics of booklets, and how different formats communicate to their readers.

We followed this with an experimental workshop where we explored an array of book sizes, binding methods, font sizes, paper stocks and other graphic elements borrowed from the existing literature.

As we progressed following the experimental workshop however, we collectively realised that by focusing solely on booklet formats, we were limiting the potential of our concepts, and decided to take a step back and ask ourselves the question:

“Does it need to be a booklet?”

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Before we could begin to answer this question however, we were on our way to for a discussion with an acute/primary care liaison. Here, we hoped to speak about how the chemotherapy service is experienced for those who suffer with a disability. During this meeting, the liaison spoke of a testicular cancer suffer who also experiences severe autism. We were then shown the easy read content this patient may have received during treatment and discussed how the use of iconography and symbolism can enable the complex, fearful, information within chemotherapy booklets to become approachable and clearer

We concluded our fifth week of work with an inspiration board, filled with internal and external inspiration, practices and methods of communication. Here, we began to explore Keri Smith's creative journals which take upon a guerrilla form of illustration, which asks users to interact and use various methods of documentation to create artefacts that possess strong personal value. Although the activities asked by the journal may not necessarily be suitable for the project's outcome, creating personal value by enabling the user to make the book their own was something we found inspiring.

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