For this project we had to create a paper swatch book with a variety of paper (cover, text) provided by the teacher. We had to find a theme for our book and use at least 10 different paper.
My theme is based on “the ugly duckling”. I used black and white as a colour scheme and separated the paper sample in two categories “cover paper” and “text paper”. In each category, one paper sample is different from all other making a reference to the Ugly duckling. The title « Osez, soyez different! » (Dare, be different!) reminds us designers to try new things and think outside the box, not be scared of what people might think of your designs.
copyright Dany Pepin 2011
For this project we had to pick one of 4 classic tales (Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Hansel & Gretel, the Three Little Pigs) and create a modern interpretation of the story. Since we didn’t have to stick to the original age group the story was written for, I decided to tell the tale of “Red Riding Hood” for an adult audience in the form of graphic novel. You’ll notice my inspiration from Frank Miller’s “Sin City” graphic novel where everything is in black and white with a touch of color. This color contrast created by the light and shadow offers a dramatic and mysterious setting, perfect for a tale with sexuality and explicit violence. My sketches were very explicit so since this was a school project, I had to tone down the illustrations by changing the viewing angles.
The story isn’t complete since we had a limited number of page to illustrate. But you’ll get the idea even if the text is in french.
For this project we had to redesign an existing book with a typographic approach. I chose Sun-tzu’s The Art of War, a classic book about the philosophy of war and how it applies in your everyday life. The logo design on the cover was inspired by the Chinese longevity symbol in which I incorporated custom lettering. The bright red and black logo on the dark textured background reflects the strong and powerful theme of this book. Inside, each proverb was recrafted typographically for emphasis with the corresponding comments below. A serif typeface was used for the proverbs and I decided to use a script-like font for the comments. It is a bit unusual to do so for a book, but I thought it would be interesting to include an ancient vibe to the reading. The overall design offers the reader a feel of old with a modern twist.
Finally, the “Cité Femmes” project ends with the design of a standards book. Below are some photos of the final product along with links to each spread of the standards book.