just thought i would include this on my blog
Defining your practise
introduction/focus: (written at beginning of project)
my first thought was to look right back at the history of written language-back to cavemen-are their walls books?—heiroglyphics, runes, etc. early forms of written messages.
then i look at where these writings were placed, tombs, temples, monolithic structures.
many structures around the world, ancient and new have much meaning and symbology in their actual architecture, for example; churches, mosques and other religious buildings actually say alot about those who worship within them, also masonic buildings such as the washington monument.the geometry and architecture of these buildings provide a message that a trained eye can read.
therefore, these buildings could be considered books as they deliver a message, though not in the same syntax as the conventional written word.
interestingly these structures are built to stand the test of time, outlasting their paper cousins.some even relay their message thousands of years after their conception.these are books which really stand the test of time.i want to explore the mathematics behind these buildings and the meanings and messages that they attempt to relay.
Meaning and context:
I want to create a book that will give a people an introduction to and perhaps inspire them to research further the theme of esoteric architecture.
I want to challenge the conventions of what makes a book a book, and the way that it is read.
As such I will try to create a book with an original and interesting format.
Esoteric themes will also feature prominently in my dissertation so this project will tie in nicely.
Because I want the book to be ‘an introduction’ the information within must be simplified, easy to read and understand. I am not trying to make any startling revelations, merely get peoples minds working.
I plan to use secondary research in the form of documentaries, online articles and books.
These will provide me with the historical, theoretical and scientific facts I will use to create my book.
Also mid-way through the project I am holidaying in Luxor, Egypt. I hope to take some usable photographs and see some of the architectural marvels myself.
as i already had my content compiled my main concern was finalising an aesthetic style to work from.
after drawing up the document and creating the grid i decided to create a border and background to place my content on top of. i used simple geometric shapes and a masonic symbol. the background is designed to lead the eye down the page.
i tried to combine styles i had seen in both masonic documents and infographics i had looked at.
i created my own take on the winged disc moniker to feature at the top of the page. again like many of the documents i looked at for research.
i used isometric grids on illustrator to create the 3.d elements of my design. something i had not done before.
the flaming pillars are a symbol of the knowledge of prometheus. something i took from my research on the los angeles library.
i designed in greyscale to keep my page simplistic, the geometry providing all stimulation to the viewer.
i printed the cover on linen card so that it would be sturdier and thicker than the content. also i’m a big fan of the texture of this material.
i also made a tab for the back page to slot into. this is to prevent the piece from falling open when viewed in book format.
i think i am now ready to create my book, i have a fairly solid idea of how i want it to look and what i want it to include, the first thing i need to do is draw out my individual diagrams.
this is a blog i follow, i love the miimalistic geometric designs and would like to create my own, although it might not be suitable for this project.
the artist also employs a good use of texture. i think that this will be something i could include in this project.