Sunday, 9 February 2014

Publication - Newspaper or Coffee Table Book

For the research publication I am currently thinking of producing either a coffee table book, due to the obvious link, or a newspaper as coffee houses used to be places where people would go to find out th latest news as newspapers were not around at the time. 

So I firstly looked into coffee table books. 

Coffee Table Books


coffee table book is a hardcover book that is intended to sit on a coffee table or similar surface in an area where guests sit and are entertained, thus inspiring conversation or alleviating boredom. They tend to be oversized and of heavy construction, since there is no pressing need for portability. Subject matter is generally confined to non-fiction, and is usually visually oriented.

Hearing that these are usually more visual made me question whether this would be very relevant as the content I have is quite text heavy. 

I looked into some coffee table books to get an idea of how they looked/were laid out. 

Andrew Zuckerman, Flower
This book features close-up photographs of a 150 different species of flowers, many of them rare. There is very little text in this book and I would definitely need more than this. 

Craig Oldham, The Handwritten Letter Project
This book documents the results of an art project in which various designers wrote back by hand to an initial query; they couldn’t help, well, designing their handwriting. I wish my penmanship looked like this.
Again more visual and not really a 'reading' book. I am starting to quickly see that the coffee table book is not going to be appropriate for what I am wanting to communicate. 

Chris Ware, Building Stories
Really more of a box than a book, its 14 interior pieces tell the story of a woman with a missing leg.

This is a very different coffee table book with contents that you can take out but still very much visual rather than text based. 

From this I have come to the conclusion that I will produce a newspaper as this has much more relevance and reason in terms of format and it will allow me to include all the text necessary to explain the elements of coffee house history. 


I didn't need to look into the history of newspapers or anything but as I now knew I wanted to design a newspaper to answer the brief I concentrated on the layouts. 

This features a lot of imagery due to it being a creative newspaper, but there is still the recognisable structure and grid system applied that you would expect from a newspaper. 
It is simple in design which allows the photographs to breath and be appreciated, this is very relevant to the publication as it is all about the images but for my newspaper I would need more text. 

This is really relevant to my publication as it has a very traditional look with the creme colour and serif font used. It also features a lot of text which I think my publication will need. 
Although the layouts on each page are different the columns have all been kept to the same width creating consistency and the titles are also all consistent. 
The front cover doesn't look like your everyday newspaper as there is very little text but I actually like this and don't think it should look like an everyday newspaper as this isn't what it is aiming to be! 
I dono't want my paper to look like The Sun, I want to use qualities of a newspaper but create a unique and interesting publication.

This looks much more contemporary but I want my paper to have a balance between contemporary and traditional so this was useful to see. There was a clear colour scheme used throughout which created a consistent look, this also added to the contemporary look as it gives a clean and sophisticated finish. I rally like the way the pages have been considered as spreads with elements across both pages, this really links them and again creates an interesting visual layout. The colour scheme has also been applied to some photographs using half tone overlays which is a clever idea. 

Consistency is something I will need to think about.

This monochrome paper looks very sophisticated and contemporary. You can see from the man holding it that this is not your typical newspaper size, but I don't think this is actually necessary as the stock and layout should make it clear that it is a newspaper. 
I love the front cover and as with some of the others there isn't a lot of text on these and this works really well engaging the audience with a large image. 
Elements have again been used accross spreads which I wouldn't have thought would have worked as newspapers are commonly just folded together and not fixed but these look really good and create much more visually interesting pages. 

This example is much more like the everyday papers we see but still has a more interesting aesthetic with the addition of simple vector illustrations and the layouts are much more creative than your everyday paper. It is simple but sophisticated with the grid system used producing organised layouts that would be easy to read. 

This was an interesting paper to see as it is a promotional paper for a shoe company. This has been deliberately designed to look like a newspaper to work with the promotional campaign but some of the page layouts are quite unique, without being difficult to read. As with a few of the papers I have seen there is a clear feature colour and in this example this assists the promotion. I think this is a great way to create consistency through the pages. 

I found 'The Newspaper Club' that print one off or mass newspaper and they had a load of examples of newspapers which was really helpful to see. 

A simple layout with additional images in the background making more visual. Clear grid system used assisting reading and creating a unique layout. 

I noticed the headers on this spread that include the page numbers and titles and this isn't something I have seen in many of the papers I have looked at. This again creates consistency but also helps the reader to identify the page number and so assists navigation. It also helps create an organised layout. 

This is a really creative layout with a complex grid system used, but it is still easy to follow and it doesn't look too much as the colours have been kept minimal and consistent with the one feature colour. 

This was a really different paper and it has been interesting so far to see the diverse range of layouts and styles created for the different purposes and themes. 
This is more stylish with the font choice and more organised, simplistic layouts appealing to a very different audience to the previous. 

I loved this paper as it made statistics and facts visually interesting. Again a consistency is created with the content used and this allows you to be more creative with the layout and work with different arrangements. This is something I will need to think about as I want to use different layout to maintain the audiences interest, but I want the pages to have a level of consistency also to ensure it works as a while publication. 

I then looked in my own print collection and looked at the many newspapers I have picked up and kept. 

This example is very text heavy with not a lot of negative space. I think this looks too crowded but the layouts are consistent throughout the publication. 

Newspapers can be stapled to make them a bit more permanent and easier to hold, read, etc. which is something I may think about. 

This is a much more stylish paper with the titles creating consistency. This paper is almost like an exhibition guide and each artist has a designated section, the grid system used ensures that although the layouts of each section are slightly different the layout is still clean and easy to follow. 

This is Anthony Burrill's promotional newspaper that I got from Leeds print festival a few years ago. 
Consistency is created through the header and footer and the general simplicity. I will need to think about the elements of the publication that need to be applied to each page and how I am going to do this. 

This research has been really inspiring and I am excited to start the design process of my newspaper. I have never worked with such a large scale page before so I am excited to try something new. This has also given me a lot of ideas for potential layouts and ways to ensure the pages work in the publication as well as individually.

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