Course: Hybrid Design
Instructor: Scott Laserow
How do you plan, design, and produce a book that incorporates a dynamic interactive augmented reality experience? When first assigned this project, I knew that I wanted to do something that would both challenge and help grow my skills as a designer in print and publication design. While exploring topics for my book that interested me, I choose to explore the history of prohibition in America. Under the guidance of Professor Scott Laserow, I worked to develop my augmented reality book from concept to print.
Understanding the Challenges
1. Conceptualizing, outlining, and organizing content in a visually engaging way.
2. Considering how form, layout, and style in the construction of the book relates to the chosen topic.
3. Incorporating sound and motion in inventive ways as AR elements.
4. Learning and developing software skills in InDesign, Photoshop, and AfterEffects.
Creating the layout
For this project, the main objective was to create a book with ten to fifteen spreads and incorporate three AR elements throughout the book.
After getting my initial topic down, my next step was to plan my content. I researched information on prohibition to help create an outline that laid out each section of the book. I then collected photographs and written content that were to be used in the book.
When I began setting up the form, layout, and style of the book I focused on the period of the 1920’s to inspire my design. I wanted to create a worn-out, vintage appearance of 1920’s memorabilia, as if peering into the past. Through utilizing texture, distressed fonts, a black, white, sepia-toned, and red color scheme I was able to achieve my desired effect.
Creating the AR elements
The next step was working on the AR elements. I created short story boards to plan what spreads I was going to apply the AR elements to and how I wanted to animate them. Working in AfterEffects and bringing it into the Artivive app, I incorporated sound and motion to the book, bringing the pages to life.
After finalizing the spreads, the book was printed out and constructed with the final size of a typical spread amounting to 16x20 inches.
From this project I learned:
1. How to organize and plan out a project to get from concept to print.
2. How to consider form, layout, and style to convey a chosen topic.
3. How to strengthen and further develop skills in photo-editing and motion design and incorporate working interactive AR elements in a printed piece
4. How to print and construct a physical printed book