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This is my botched attempt at making it into a hardback…total massive fail…this is were I went massively wrong and the whole project went down the pan…I got all my pages ready…I had a couple of illustrations left to do…but I needed to write up all the content so I went back and did all my research which took flipping ages…a lot longer than I’d expected…so I was massively behind…which is when time started running out so I either had the choice to take what I had get it all printed and and make it into a brilliant little hardback book…or I could carry on with the spreads and finish those off…I chose the bastard book…it started out ok I got all the bits and bobs from Ratchfords in stockport - a guy called mike there was amazing with me he gave me a grand tour of their massive warehouse, introduced me to all the staff then grabbed a price list and walked round with me helping me pick stuff out so I left all confident like this was going to be the best book ever…I’ve got all the gear I’ve made a book binding buddy I can’t lose………………..I lost, started off from when I picked up the pages which weren’t not what I was expecting, I’d asked for extra sets but only got one so it was all or nothing…it started off great all my coptic stitches were neat and tidy I cut the grey board and clothes that pretty well…then I stuck the thing in and I quickly realised the paper and glue reacted badly together and I cut my boards wrong…so I just ended up with a complete mess and I couldn’t even hide it in a dust cover because I’d made a poor choice of paper for that and it that looked and felt rubbish…so complete massive mistake…which has highlighted how badly I’ve done on this project.
I’m not letting this defeat me though…I’ve got all the gear know and one day I’ll be dangerous at making books!
Finals for the bio pages, I scrapped the headline and went in favour of having the names larger in the scribbles. The idea is that as you scan it the real interesting parts of the text jump out at you so your know what your going to read. I have based all this on on something I’ve seen…but it’s in my head from ages ago I can’t remember who it’s by and I can’t find it…not that that particularly helps…but I wanted to completely fill the page…and get it just close enough to the edge that it was still safe when it was cut down so these are really the best in terms of showing what I really wanted…I think thats something I’d struggled to do looking back now I could have put some fake text around it that was meant to be cut off but so it looked completely full. Also looking at these now they look really square I should of let them flow over the page (these are DPS) but I needed to project the content…it’s a visual thing but also thats all the stuff I want people to read and it parts of it are hidden in the creep then thats no good. I’ve tried to keep the type as free flowing as possible…in the previous post of these I had a placeholder type that was a bit more controlled which I didn’t feel matched the style I was going for so with these I just went as fast through them as I could…doing multiple versions of each one until I got the best one…working that rather than sitting down and planning managed to capture more what I wanted and sort of more true to how these guys would of worked. I’d chosen a brush pen as well for a look really but also you get these nice uneven lines that agin further stop you from having too much control so it all looks more messed up. I also included on these pages a little glossary explaining what certain things in there meant…I picked the ones that weren’t featured one the atom pages which delve deeper into the scientific history of experiments and theories without becoming science lessons. Because this isn’t a science book it’s a history book and it’s a celebrations of these blokes who thought outside the box who didn’t do things the right way…because if they had done they wouldn’t have come up with the thing they did…thats what I’ve tried to do here…is not think about the rules and try and work in a way you wouldn’t expect and give it that edge…these were guys who were mavericks who created ideas and changed things in ways and outraged the physicist’s before them…they were changing and discrediting everything they had done…they’d changed the laws of what they held dear…these weren’t boring scientist these were rebels…unapologetic, egotistical and didn’t care about working within the rules and they were prepared to fight for their crazy ideas…I think the type makes steps to capture that…however now all I see is the guides I worked within and really I need to sort that out…
So I got all the boxes drawn up…I decided that they’d look better with a 3D’ish box so they didn’t look like they sat so flat against the environment…I tried them without the lines because I felt they looks too artificial against what is real light I wish I could of worked out a way to make the transition maybe of had them glowing and faded out in the flat white line. As well I have really badly thought this through…I got onto the last one and realised that if I’d taken the photos different I could have left space for them to shoot out so they felt more involved with the environment..I think the first (orange) worked the best as well because I’d had that space. I think I’ve lost the essence of the photos as well but I’d committed to this style and I think it would of looked odd if I’d changed it just on these pages.
This is my further development of the timeline pages, I’d been looking at Paula Scher’s stuff I thought it would like mega if I filed the page with this time line full of information and this massive light wave cutting through it. I’d played about a little bit looking at how proper type would sit…I didn’t think it looked that great and also I could see enough to imagine how it would force me to layout all the copy and it would have to be really rigid and I just didn’t feel like it would be fair to this light wave which is free and on the run…just didn’t feel like I’d be be able to keep up with it…so I went with the hand drawn stuff again…I was worried (and still am) that it’s sort of taken over I wanted a balance between the hand drawn stuff but then pairing it with sections of more formatted copy so you’ve got a balance and not a free for all….but I wanted to book to feel like your reading it at a fast pace…the notes these physicist’s as I’ve mentioned on a previous post weren’t thoughtfully laid out they were scribbled out…I can imagine them having this great big idea and racing to get it out of their heads before they forgot it and I wanted to capture that in this book…if your running and you suddenly bump into a well justified laid out block of text it slows you down you’ve got to stop and consider if you want to read it and then you’ve got a read a bit of it to find out if you actually want to read it but with all the hand drawn stuff it’s in your face…it’s more visual weather you read it all or not doesn’t matter it doesn’t ask you to stop and you to stop and think you looking a browsing over it…flipping through pages…exploring it…you’re not stopping. Thats my philosophy anyway. I tried at first to completely cover the page I’d done a little bit of it and was happy with how it looked…I wanted to wave to really mess with how it was sitting so it made all the type all wave so it had a flow emanating from the wave….however when I did one…I just wasn’t happy with it…firstly it was really difficult to digest all the information - there were not clear defined separations which on certain pages I would mind but because it’s a timeline you need to differentiate between the different dates…so I had to get try out a few different ways I went for a box/bubbled that sort of jump out of the wave…still all hand drawn so it doesn’t mess with the pace of the book…but with clearer sections of text. I don’t think it looks as good as having to whole thing graffiti’d over but I think it needs it to be eligible…I had to go back though after this a get a whole bunch more of events etc to put in…I still wanted to page to look full…this isn’t the final ones…I’ll follow up with those in a later post!
Really need to keep up with this blog. So I think I was last writing about including more hand drawn stuff in this book…I had found loads of hand drawn / written stuff blackboards, notebooks and letters by this physicists. I realised that this is the very nature of their work…their thinking of this hugely complicated profound ideas…they need to get them out of their heads quickly and simply because say the maths is just too big to fit in their heads at one time…and I’ve sort of fell in love with this concept…this is more a personal project than tailored to an audience but the audience who it would target are people like me…they like the romance of an idea, not the maths…I was never writing an in-depth physics book I’m writing about a collection of creativity and ideas that changed the world…and I wanted to get away from this rigid formality we see in text books and intellectual journals and present the ideas not as preachy long winded pieces of information but in the same way I see them - as moments of creative brilliance…right OTT rant over…but I started out with a book that was going to be super clean, super rigid and follow all the rules…but these people didn’t follow the rules…and I wasn’t capturing the essence of what this all means to me….so I was trying to open this up a bit more I tried a load of different ways to lay out the text still keeping to my format but breaking my rules a little bit…but it didn’t feel right…fortunately I’ve been messing about with a bunch of brushes recently trying to do all this fancy hand drawn type…see specimen A in the bottom right…but I’m shocking…but what I did have was a way of doing it that didn’t look like it cared so much it was like the exact opposite of what I had been doing…and it for me expresses how I want these ideas to look…bold, expressive, theres no rule following etc etc etc…so I’ve got this good looking crappy type which is perfect because as I’ve been writing this book I’ve realised that this is actually a very bad book on quantum physics…which I think is a good thing…it’s not so serious and i think is different a fun way to present the content…thats not to say I haven’t done my research I think I’ve spent longer researching and writing this than I did on my dissertation…I’m just cutting the crap out of it…it’s a really good, very bad guide to quantum physics.
So Montys got back to me regarding my the first wall idea and they didn’t like it, they wanted it to be more sparse and more accurate with the ingredients and tools use - for example they didn’t use peppers on there pizzas - so I went through their menu and drew everything I could…we always originally pitched the ideas of using Salford/Manchester buildings and incorporating the pizza elements in and around them…something last time I steered away from in favour of a classic italiano elements…but this time I wanted to give them the option….I decided it would be a good idea to do all the items separate, even though it’s a live brief it isn’t that time sensitive but I think we’ll more efficient with our time by being able to jigsaw and piece together the walls rather than having to draw out a different composition each time. This one obviously only a rough mock so they can feed back…it’s perhaps a bit denser than I think they wanted but I’m hoping from this my job will be easier and I can play around with the elements until it’s to their liking.
So from the grids I started to piece them together on the mac (I haven’t got Einsteins name mixed up I was just using a longer name to help me work it all out)….these are from the biography layout pages….so starting from the bottom is the earliest one with the newer at the top…once I’d got them onto the mac…I messed about with them further…I’d originally wanted these clean lots of white space pages…but they kind of looked really stale…and I kind of felt I’d seen these images used like this again and again…and I really wanted to make these geeks look cool and with the hand drawn bio’s have these big very close in images helps really make it seem more intimate and your getting closer to the person and to the story….type choices before I forget is my hand drawn type which isn’t the one I’ve plonked on the above (I’ve not scanned them in yet) chosen because it feels more personal, like all the notes these guys would of written it and I’ve tried to write these parts more personable so hopefully you get a slight feeling that you reading stories that could be written by the person or at least by a person and not a science text book! The headers are Akzidenz, it was realise at the end of the 1800’s which is when this story began and it’s a German typeface and a lot of this story takes place in Germany. many of the guys in it are German and it has that impact and clarity I wanted so that was kind of an obvious choice…plus I like it…which always helps! For text…I’ve gone for a more serious serif with Baskerville - a visual choice because it’s got that sort of knowledgeable look which suits the content because thats used for all the more serious stuff when explaining stuff…it’s also again reflects the time period, it’s a bit older than the story but it looks and feels right to me.
Some nice things I’d found on behance…which have influenced the stuff I’m doing now…after I spent a few days really getting to grips with the content…re reading books and watching documentaries to write out a timeline, bios, descriptions of events and explanations of stuff…I realised that I was never going to get this project together if I didn’t have a formula for piecing this all together….my Frankenstein book book took me ages to do a few pages because every page was different and presenting a different challenge…with Quantum I’d never get it done and because the content is quite complicated there needs to be order so you know what you’re looking at…so I decided that I better get away from the computer and draw my grid out by hand and to scale so I could really understand how big everything would be it was also way better because it was so fast…I drew my grid out and just tracing papered loads of quick layouts over the top which is enough for me to visualise how a page would work…