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A Pandemic in Review

Book Design
Project Details
Project Overview + Topic

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For this project, each student was tasked to edit and compile a book on the topic of their choosing. A Pandemic in Review reflects on the current epidemic and how it is affecting people around the world. Through a visual narrative as well as a news archive, the book encapsulates the events of early 2020.

Paniz Adiban


personal reflection

print media/book

Design Problem
  • Create a book about any topic of our choosing. In this initial step

  • Try to write parts of the book and use COVID-19 as the main theme

  • Create a personal experience but a relatable one while also being sensitive towards what people are going through

Visual Exploration and Book Covers
  • Initial step was a visual exploration using images that are relative to their project topic

  • This project used images from various news archive websites, such as CNN

  • The images were placed in a variety of positions and alignments to create a narrative without the use of text. These images were all taken during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Book Grid and Getting an Estimate
  • The grid for the book was decided in the initial stages for a 5x7 book (which was later modified to 5x8 due to the printing limitations)

  • This grid system allowed for a lot of freedom to separate the two types of text that the book had: personal reflections and news postings

  • The book quote was created to exercise communication with printers and the printing process

Proposed Solution and Results

The quote for the book was used to print the final booklet. Hopefully, after this experience, the book can be further expanded on using the other phases of the pandemic and republished. The book was meant to cover a very personal and universal experience and was a very important way to incapsulate a life changing event. For now, the booklet is 64 pages long.

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