Friday, 15 June 2012

Oh design scrapbook, it's been a while.

Yes, it's been a while. School's been busy, and a few weeks ago we were on work placements for two weeks to get a lay of the real workplace land. It was super fun. But this is about book design, because it must be.

Daniel J. Weatheritt, Dinosaurs: A Pocket Pop-Up,Walker Books, 2012.
Click on the images for a better view.
Yep, this is a post regarding a pop-up book about Dinosaurs. How cool is it though?! On the left is the little cute box that the book fits in to when it's all folded up. The bright red of that box was what actually caught my attention first when I was in the store, and the T-Rex on the front looks pretty awesome too. The title stands out wonderfully against the red background with the use of different colours. Also, I think having in capitals is a great idea - some people may disagree, but given the audience for the book, it yells the title at anyone looking at it, attracting them towards it. 
As you can see looking down the book, it covers a range of dinosaurs on nicely and different coloured backgrounds, and below you can see a couple of detailed pop-ups. 
The image on the front of the fold out part of the book itself is also striking and very detailed for a children's book. The yellow background attracts the eye and I'm sure would catch the attention of children. The title 'DINOSAURS', although it is difficult to see, is actually not fully black, but has a patterned effect on it to make it look older and faded.

Here are a few examples of the pop-up element of Dinosaurs. This book is clearly marketing towards young children through the people that would buy their books - adults. 
My poor photography attempt, apologies.
The colours on these pages are outstanding to me. They easily catch the eye, which seems to be a great theme through this whole book. 

The typeface used through the book, for the title, subheadings and text, is a sans-serif. For books the obvious choice tends to be for a serif typeface, however I think the use of sans-serif the right one. Since the assumption is this book will be read by/to young children, a simpler almost child-like typeface would be best suited.
I loved this little guy's face.

So that's my bit about dinosaurs - they're not my usual jam, but in this context they're pretty awesome. More posts to come.


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