- Designing a book is something that I had never done but through this process I have learned a lot and incorporated a lot of cool little nuances. The booklet starts off with a speckled paper cover that has a Z cut into it giving the cove a simplistic look. Upon opening the book, the viewer soon realizes that the Z on the front is actually part of a larger title page that reads “Formal Qualities of the Letter Z”. I decided to make all the pages out of a nicer grade of paper that would relate to the front covers. The paper that I used is relatively thin and has miniscule ridges that run all the way across it. I had to laminate the pages together with a center page so that the design on the opposing couldn’t be seen through the translucent paper. This act made all the pages pretty thick which I wouldn’t mind, except for the fact that the edges are so sticky.
The designs that are displayed both in black and white throughout the book are letterforms that work together to make a free standing symbol. I carefully manipulated each design so that they would express an interesting symbol, good negative space, depth and also movement as well. The black and white pages are altered so that the viewer can look at each spread and then see it rap around to the next spread. This technique helps with the overall flow of the book.
The ending two pages are the name page and the history page. The name page reads Nathan . The reason I chose to take up a whole page for my name to be stacked Schwecke up on top of itself is all because the way you read it. Look at it again. Focus on the direction your eyes move. It makes a z due to the left to right reading pattern. This creates a hidden z composition that without having heard this rational most people wouldn’t get. The History page I made relate back to the front page cover by placing text right up to the letter and intruding in on the negative space of the Z.