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My final major project is based on prisons, yes I know not the best of subjects but I wanted to make it look amazing through design. I decided to… Read More
My final major project is based on prisons, yes I know not the best of subjects but I wanted to make it look amazing through design. I decided to base my book more on the theme of ‘hiding’. I tried to find clever ways that designers would do the same as prisoners but through out books. My favourite part in my book is where I have hidden the yellow text with the orange acetate. Took me a while to figure out how I go about it but finally managed to perfect it. I made the yellow text hard to read on purpose so it can fit into my ‘Decoder’ book at the bottom hiding away in my concertina, this little book was only to break down hidden codes that prisoners say to hide from guards and other inmates. More images are still to come, I.E close ups etc. Read Less
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Third Year Project
 
My whole final major project was on the theme of how prisoners hide things. 
 
I had a year to do a lot of research for this project. I decided to go into a prison and see how it works. While I was in there, I managed to see real contraband weapons that the inmates had managed to make. I also got to see/find out how they smuggle them around the prison with so many guards about. The most common way was in bibles. What they did was cut the bible/book inside to the shape and depth of there weapon, this was to ensure it was hidden and not bulking out.
 
Every book needs a case. Basing that my subject was prison, I decided to design/build a prison door out of wood. I wanted it to look official and real, giving us the shabby and rough effect. I also wanted to give it that sense where the prisoners are locked up 24/7 but making a key to open it.
Here I have tried to be clever, I used one of Stefan Sagmeister techniques. I used yellow text so it could be hidden with the orange acetate to then make it look like a blank block. This was sticking to my theme of ‘hidden’.
The yellow text has also a hidden message inside. The bits in yellow are code words that prisoners say to hide from the guards. My little book that slides out my concertina is then the ‘decoder', which is basically just telling you what them code words mean.