Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thesis Progress - Final Stretch

So I meant to post an entry with photos of the binding, but during the process of actually doing it, I forgot to take pictures, so this entry will be the first look at the finished book for most of you.

I've been milling over the problem of packaging the CD that will hold a digital walking tour of the house. Originally this CD was supposed to simply be a digital version of the book that would be produced in a large number and available for people who visited the commencement show to take home with them. When I realized I wasn't participating in the commencement show I scrapped the original idea, but I still wanted some sort of digital companion for the book. A virtual tour of the house was suggested and I decided to go with that. What was original supposed to be many discs has been reduced to one and packaging it has been somewhat troubling. The solution I eventually came up with was simply packing it with the book and I'm pretty happy with the results.

The packing for the book is currently made of chipboard, but I'm not too thrilled with the material as it's started cracking on the scores and frankly it feels cheap. But you can at least get the idea of what I want to do through the images below.

All in all I'm pretty happy with how things have turned out, even though the final product is quite different from what I had originally planned. At this point all that is left to do is actually go about recording the virtual tour of the house and finding a suitable material for the packing.


::EDIT:: My friend Robin was nice enough to give me some disc hubs, which not only like nice and function better than the make-shift peg I've constructed, but they're self-adhesive and have a low profile. This expands my options in looking for a new material for the packing, yay!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Why You Should Do Extensive Research

So today I've heard from two different people that the cover I originally printed for my book has a high probability of causing me grief during the binding process. I've been told it's too thin and the grain runs parallel to the spine, which can cause buckling and cracking.

Now I must not only reprint my cover, but I must find a totally new stock for it all before the weekend. The lesson to be learned here; Research the technicalities of your projects extensively before producing anything; otherwise you may end up wasting time and resources while causing yourself a great deal of unnecessary stress.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thesis Progress - Final Review

Enthüllung - 0411 - Final Draft (save as please)

So, this is the final draft of the book. This doesn't mean that it's the final version, just that this in the last chance for corrections. I hope to print and bind it this coming weekend, so I really need help going through it with a fine toothed comb before then!

Thanks in advance for reviewing it.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thesis Progress - Book Cover

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The first printing of the cover for my thesis book, I'm fairly happy with it. It reflects a the 60s style well enough and brings the hand-drawn aesthetic of the What If project into the main deliverable.

16.25" x 6" - Screen Print

Monday, March 22, 2010

Thesis Progress - First Draft

You can download the first draft of my book by clicking the image above. Some images are placeholders, tip: if you see a photo that stands out as looking... horrible, chances are it's a placeholder. Also note the body copy is not yet finalized so I haven't gone in and fixed the widows, rivers, rags ect.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring "Break"

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My springbreak wasn't very restful. I've spent the bulk of it running errands that I don't normally have time to complete while going to classes during the week. When I wasn't running around I was at home working on the SketchUp for Enthüllung. The above rendering is about 70-80% complete and showcases a number of custom furniture pieces designed for the house and the overall structure feels more polished. The windows are no longer magically floating in space, yay!

Hope everyone had a wonderful spring break!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Website Facelift

I've updated my site. Nothing too huge, just cleaning things up a bit.