So Your Dad Wants To Be A Model
Book Design, 2016
So Your Dad Wants To Be A Model is a project created in my fall 2016 book structures class,
where we not only came up with content for our books but built the structures as well. My
goal for this project was to design and create a 20 page book based on a series of
modeling photos I found from when my dad was younger.
So Your Dad Wants To Be A Model explores telling a humorous story using limited materials.
In the collection of photos that I had found of my dad, there were also papers from the 1980's explaining model etiquette and what a model needs to be successful. I wanted to incorporate these materials within the project as well.
When creating the book, using the images of my dad was simple, but including the content of
papers was where I struggled. I decided that making a MadLibs style activity would be one way
to incorporate materials found. From there, I researched other types of activities generally
found in children's coloring books and went from there.
The choice not to include a face on my dad throughout the book was intentional. I wanted the viewer
of the story to imagine their own father going through the trials and tribulations of the dad modeling world.