My main aim was to facilitate information access, develop knowledge about copyrights and help the reader (students) to find issues in the Copyright Act. I chose students of art academies and people who use visual language, as a target group,
The coursebook is based on a text from the publication "Krótki kurs własności intelektualnej" ("A short course of intellectual property"), which was written by a group of lawyers in a simple, readable way. I made a contact with one of the text’s author, we discussed and updated the content together.
I used only three colors in my project: white, black and yellow, where the last one is the most common color used for highlighting. People who use visual language often mark the most important issues to remember things in a visual way.
Expand of this version of the coursebook was to create infographic and different diagrams about copyrights: construction of a law, creative commons, contracts, plagiarism. It is supossed to help in vizualization and memorizing quoted information from the Copyright Act.
This infographic can be use as a table of content. It stars from the question 'Can I use this work?' Simple questions and answers lead to the searching issues.
Due to the visual people, the content has been extended by simple, linear illustrations. The drawings form a simple analogy to everyday life and commonly used signs and symbols. The illustrations put parallel to text, are supposed to help in remembering and searching concepts of copyrights.
Looking for a form of the illustrations
First sketches are depicting the main figure - author. The form of drawings was refered to isotype system. Next sketches respond to Rubens, who was the precursor of copyrights. Then I attempt to make a pictogram from the sketches. But I realised that it is a wrong way, because using pictograms in that difficult topic will be illegible. Finally I decided to draw simple, linear illustrations, which were drew by hand, using a fineliner. The drawings are fun and friendly for students.