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Personal Projects: Book Design

Book Design In a previous post I talked about personal projects and why they are important. I just started a new personal project that I have found extremely relaxing and fun.

I am a book junkie, I love reading. I love books of all different genres and topics, when I find a good book I can't put it down. When I was brainstorming different personal project ideas it seemed obvious that books should fall on the list somewhere. While trying to evolve this idea to design something including books the first thought was of course the cover and the layout on the inside, but I quickly felt skeptical about this idea because of the amount of time it would take to read the book and the amount of time that it would take for me to design the entire thing.

After coming up with ideas and quickly dismissing them for about an hour I finally landed on my final project objective.
Objective To relax and have fun while designing and developing book cover designs, while improving my illustration skills…
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Communication Chances are you have had some communication with your potential client already, maybe they told you a general idea of what they want or maybe they gave you a lot of details. Either way it's important that you remember this information and have it available to you during the meeting. I would recommend creating a list of the needs and requests they have already given you before the meeting. Research: Part One Part one of research is to spend some time researching what you are redesigning, whether it's a website, magazine, or marketing materials. It's important to have an understanding of what they already have, if it's a website know what pages they have, find the about pag…

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Submitting Deliverables In this section you will indicate how and when you will have meetings with your client and deliver progress.
Process This is where you will layout your process and the different phases of the project for your client, the how and when you will do things.
Here is an example of a phase description.
Phase 1: Research and Concept Development This project will begin with research on the main goals of the redesign, the audience, the current website and competitors’ websites, and any other relevant information.
This data will help in the development of successful design concepts.
DeliverablesA design brief describing the conclusions of the researchA detailed …

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