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    This project was to experiment with type and layout. I picked the subject of trains because, well, I love trains and used that topic to explore h… Read More
    This project was to experiment with type and layout. I picked the subject of trains because, well, I love trains and used that topic to explore how type could be as visual as imagery to enhance the audience's understanding of the subject matter. Read Less
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Trains
An Experimental Typography Book
Trains is a 126page (at its current state) book completed for an experimental tyopgraphy class at CCA taught by Martin Venezky. In this class we learned how to develop a strategy for creating a book from the ground up. The process began with computer print outs and hand arranging different type size paragraphs with different sized titles, different sized titles with sized subtitles, etc until we found something that fit and flowed. Slow Design if you want to call it that. The premise being that the computer has preset limits which can define the outcome of the work and make it less interesting than it could have been. We, however, eventually used the computer to create an inviting book after the hand-work was done.

I love trains so I did this book on trains (a part of it is on miniature model making also). We were free to pick any interest. I've always loved to see trains going over bridges and this became part of the text design where subtitles bridged gaps between main title and paragraph body. Text heavy pages were balanced with full spread photos. Photos and bodies of text are embedded and nestled within each other, sometimes hanging off each other. Captions are like pockets of interesting detail strewn throughout the page. Type itself was Century Schoolbook, a typeface that closely resembled the typeface used on railroads. Details such as hand kerning and leading gave a tighter feel within each page. Repeated, rhythmic, vertical lines mimic rail ties and dot random pages bringing the eye across.

Since this was an experimental book focused on the content, currently there is no cover page design.