Changing Faces Editorial Research

Irma Boom a Dutch graphic designer known famously for her innovative book design, “she makes books more special”. From looking at her collection of book designs they are not the normal run the mill designs, they evoke interest with their 3 dimensional qualities. Each book that she has designed have a uniqueness to them, making them impossible for them to be transferred to PDF format for digital books. Just from looking at the pictures of her creations it makes me want to touch them, each of them works of art in their own right. It gives myself inspiration for my own editorial piece, to create something that is 3 dimensional, giving it that interactive edge.

This book in particular is the story of Chanel No. 5 which famously has no ink. The text and images are embossed on soft paper. The book tells the story of Gabrielle Chanel and the making of Chanel No. 5. Boom designed each page with line drawings or small graphic-style dots. It truly is a beautiful design.

This link will take you to a short video of Boom describing her work process of making the book.

Seeing this book and the way that Boom designs has given the possibility of not using ink throughout my own editorial and looking into embossing the final double page spread to convey the feeling of being in the dark as Anna Lyndsey talks about in “Girl in the Dark”. 


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