Book layout sketches

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 in Visual design

All too often it’s way too easy to jump on a computer and start laying something out without really giving it much thought prior to your hand on the mouse. And while I have participated in plenty of that in the past, the last 8 months I have been exploring my ideas more on paper before I hit the computer. Even if you end up going with the first concept you sketched out, I think pushing your limits and exploring other possibilities can only reinforce how good of an idea is it, or if it was really as good as you originally thought.

I was taught at St. Lawrence College to push out as many ideas as quickly as you could in sketches on paper. You can certainly get through a lot more bad ideas on paper than you can bringing the whole idea to fruition on a computer only to realize that the concept and layout isn’t really going to work how it is. Sometimes ideas you might think are a bit silly, like the diamond shaped block of text in an above sketch, may not work for this project, but might spark some imagination in a future one.

I forced myself to sketch for two hours and came up with the sketches you see above. Perhaps some of them will inspire you in a future project.

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  1. Doug Lawless
    January 26, 2010

    Do I hear an echo…?

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