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Creative use of cassette tape as cover/ part of the book

i like cassette tapes…they’re just interesting. old and ancient-ish. historical..? hahaha


Exquisite Woven Bookbindings by Natalie Stopka

“I spend my days pulling prints and binding books with favor for unconventional structure, textiles, and tactility. Books are made with uncommon fibers, repurposed and hand dyed fabrics, and vintage textiles.”

simply beautiful.

final outcome for my ‘journey of an object’ brief. 

struggled a bit with this brief to be honest. i was taken back by the idea of having to make a 16-page book. and somehow i kept having the idea of a novel or textbook, text-filled book in my head when i had to come up with ideas. however, i was enlightened that book can be sth simple and easy-to-read, like a short story or fairytale that has more images that text. 

really enjoyed doing book-binding for the brief though. could develop it further by improving the silhouette illustrations of the book and using actual digital paper for the book instead of scanning them into the computer and printing it out again. the opague effect would have been more significant. 

final outcome for the arnold circus mapping project 

originally planned to do it with wood, using the laser printer to engrave all these detailed bits onto it. but then realized it would take too long to do that. so i decided to make my final piece with different cardboard then coloring it. took a bit time to figure out how to make the needle movable, tried using one of those 2-legged pins for the job but it’s really thick. in the end a normal bulletin push-pin did the job nicely. 

i’m glad how the final piece turned out but i would definitely like to do the wooden one as well. maybe another time ?

Studio Brave was founded in 2002, and is now run by a few designers who majored in visual communication. 

they do a variety of design projects, namely identity/rebranding, web design, editorial etc. 

i think they’re creative when it comes to packaging and rebranding, eg the Mark Buckner photography album is packaged as a parcel, where readers/viewers have to untie and unwrap the wrapping in order to admire the photography collection. 

when it comes to the editorial work, a grid system can clearly be seen (3-column in Stair Magazine Vol 2) designs are minimal, simple and neat. 

my favorite piece is the projects they did for St Kilda Film Festival (SKFF), from designing tickets, posters, programme to website, awards and much more. they used abstract geometric shapes as the main design for SKFF 2012 and made use of vibrant colors for it. i think it’s a successful design at catching attention. they used a 3 column design in the programme and 2 column design on the tickets. i like the tickets most as they are cut out as the geometric shapes.

i think they can put down a few words in explaining their ideas and inspiration for the projects, it’d be easier to understand their designs and give better insight/ bring in diff perspectives. 

looked into Robert Ryan’s paper cuts and screenprints as research for illustrations/images to be used in my book project. was introduced by my lecturer to mister rob.

his cut-outs are amazingly detailed. the typeface used in his cut-outs are unique. his works are usually a combination of 1 dark color and 1 light color, making great use of the contrast of colors. he also skillfully uses monotone for his works, using dark and light shades of the same color, giving his pieces a more harmonic feeling. 

really like the Ryantown 2nd anniversary limited edition print! 

check out his webpage and blog for more works at 

did book binding workshop ! 

tried out the japanese bind and circle accordian bind. 

the japanese bind is surely easier, as pages are individual; whereas the accordian one requires some accurate measurements to match up the pages and covers nicely.