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Treasured Islands


Treasured Islands: Book Design Project. Semester One, 2013–2014

Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

There are over 700 schools in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, in these schools there has been no island specific education in the curriculum and children have little awareness of their unique ecological environment. To address this, Dakshin Foundation and ANET have been working with the Department of Education ANI to develop content and make environmental education mandatory in schools.

In this collaborative project, 16 students from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology redesigned ‘Treasured Islands’ – an out of date and out of print environmental textbook specifically for teachers in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (grade 6-8). The first edition of this book was published by Kalpavriksh and ANET in 1999 and has now been put forward by the Department of Education ANI as a recommended classroom resource.

Facilitated by Kumkum Nadig, Ramesh Kalkur and me, the task was to reconceptualise the design, illustration and navigation of the book as well as incorporate new information and activities. The project objectives included:

• Understand the challenges in designing a teaching resource in this context.
• Integrate images, text, information and activities in meaningful ways.
• Design for ease of use.
• Develop appropriate, informative, engaging and contemporary illustrations.
• Deliver a book that can be easily translated into multiple Indian languages.

This new edition of ‘Treasured Islands’ will be used for teacher training workshops and will provide the basis for a range of supplementary materials, which will be designed in phase 2 of the project.

Students: Ananya Singh, Aneri Jhaveri, Isha Sinh, Juhi Agarwal, Koyal Chengappa, Maanasa Ganesh, Meghna Jaswal, Pramod pai, Pranav Dharamsi, Prateek Vatash, Pratyancha Puri, Priya Jain,Sree Lakshmi Sola, Sreeja Basu, Vishaka Jindal, Vivan Kamath.






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Fully Booked


My ‘Jeff Death’ series is featured in a great new book called Fully Booked, published by Die Gestalten. Fully Booked is devoted to current cover and book design.

Fully Booked

Editors: R. Klanten, M. Hübner
Language: English

Release: May 2008 Available Soon!
Price: € 49,90 / $ 75,00 / £ 35,00
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Binding: 272 pages, full colour, hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-209-6

There is more unhindered experimentation with the printed book now than ever before. Fully Booked is a collection of current cover art and book design that strikes a crucial balance between sophisticated visual and content design on the one hand, and the market’s demand for availability, legibility and durability on the other. In addition, the book presents a choice selection of artist books that push the boundaries of conventional book design. Fully Booked also reveals developments in today’s graphic design and is an inspirational resource for creators and book lovers.

Many prophesied that the printed book would be doomed by developments in digital media. Far from it! The book has not only survived, but‚ as tactile qualities have gained significance in our increasingly digital world‚ there is also more unhindered experimentation with bound paper pages now than ever before. The materiality of the medium can give sensual emphasis to complex visual and textual content or appreciate its value. Some content isn’t even apparent until it takes the form of a real object‚ the printed book.

Fully Booked is devoted to current cover and book design. It presents material from printed publications that succeed in striking a crucial balance, between the market’s demands for availability, legibility and durability on the one hand and sophisticated visual and content design on the other. By featuring projects in this experimental field that combine enormous creativity with skilled craftsmanship, Fully Booked also reveals trends in today’s graphic design.

In addition, Fully Booked presents a choice selection of artist books. Created by hand and printed in limited editions, these publications push the boundaries of conventional book design. Fully Booked also has a unique book design of its own and is a turn-around book with one side focusing on cover art and the other revealing today’s unprecedented experimentation with the creation of book design as artistic objects. Its range of inspiring examples not only makes this book a must-have for graphic designers, book creators and publishers, but also for every booklover.