|Image: Barbara Weibel (2014), http://holeinthedonut.com|
By now, you've done your sequencing, injecting energy and emotion during the storyboard phase. As a designer, I use several techniques to establish a cognitive flow within a book's theme:
- Add pauses or rests,
- Build to crescendo,
- Emphasis on single images, and
- Tell a story...visually
PAIRINGS: Make connections. Typically, still images are static on their own but 'paired' with others the group can make a moment.
RHYTHM/FLOW: Curate a method of how you want the reader to advance through your book. How can you tell the story visually?
RESTS/PAUSES: A blank page is NOT always the answer; in fact, it can be confusing. Use negative (white) space to balance with your photos and/or text.
MOTIFS: Be true to the core theme or concept of the book look for colors and patterns to add interest.
TEXT: Your text should SUPPORT the images in your photo book. Refrain from using text to fill empty space.
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Next: Front and back matter–important elements to create a professionally designed photo book.
Happy self publishing.