Create a book to show the process of your user centred design project, thinking about hierarchy, colour, grid systems and how the user interacts with the book.
For my journey book, I had decided that I wanted to try out a type of binding that I had never tried before and to bind the book myself. I decided that Japanese binding would be a good type as I felt that it was able to reflect the concept of fixing a problem and I felt that the thread and stitching was also relevant to the theme of medical. I had chosen by pattern to have 5 points to represent my 5 categories that I worked on during the project. I also used this multiple of 5 inside the book by breaking the contents up into 5 chapters each using the 5 main colours from my colour scheme for my app.
I wanted to create a style within the book in order to make it look cohesive and represent the brand of the app. Therefore, I made use of the thin lines and dots in multiple areas of the book such as:
Because of the binding, I wanted to ensure that I created a wide margin on the inside pages to ensure that no content was lost. Therefore, I decided to increase the width of my page by 14mm to allow more space for content. I wanted the book to be quite small so it is easy to handle and comfortable to read and flick through so used the dimensions for an A5 book and increased the width.
I decided to use a nine column grid because it was an odd number and a multiple of three so would allow flexibility for creating different column widths and layouts. I also worked out a grid for the rows by using my baseline grid and setting the gutter to the same as my baseline grid to ensure that the text and image would line up.
When choosing a type, I had a few requirements that I wanted it to fit. These requirements were for it to be a sans serif font as this type style is said to be able to be read more easily at different sizes and for a liberal approach to design. I also wanted to ensure that within the font family, it had more than 3 options for weight so that it could be used for body, headings, titles and captions and allow these to be easily distinguished.
I chose to use Effra for my type, which takes its inspiration from one of the earliest commercial sans serif font designs but is an updated interpretation for contemporary use. It was conceptualised by Jonas Schude. By drawing on an its font design history as a early sans serif font, Effra has a distinct personality that embraces its heritage while also being very suitable in the digital age.