Graphic Design>Manasvini S
Student Name: Manasvini S
Guide: Mr. Tarun Deep Girdher
Designing Books with Art and Emotion
This project bifurcated into two different projects. The first project focused on researching sustainable graphic design and print production practices, followed by the design of the 2020 set of art catalogues, the 2019 Catalogue Box, and other collateral for the contemporary art gallery -TARQ. This project involved understanding the basics of publication design like visual referencing, structuring content, formulating concepts, prototyping, designing and refining layouts, making flat plans and print-ready files, etc. The second project involved visual narrative and book design of a photobook 'Nowhere — Now Here', containing photographs by the client Nitesh Mohanty, in loving memory of his wife, Diya. The process of devising the visual narrative was a learning experience in wordless storytelling and narrative-building, an in-depth exercise in form, semiotics and meaning-making. By the book design, the spirit of the narrative was translated into suitable production decisions like paper selection, book size, binding, etc. The two projects were set in completely different contexts and hence required different approaches in their design. The TARQ catalogues involved a practical approach to design catalogues aligning with the gallery's identity that would best showcase the artwork and provide additional information about the show and the artist. The photobook, on the other hand, needed to be approached more intuitively. The objective was to create an immersive and visceral experience by sequencing images in a way that the book would let the reader tap into their own emotions and life experience.
Keywords: catalogue design, graphic design, photobook, publication design, visual narrative
Student Name: Manasvini S
Programme: M.Des.
Guide: Mr. Tarun Deep Girdher