Simple Spreads

After receiving feedback from my design direction presentation about how gender perceptions had a stronger weight in my current content structure, as well as finally watching “The People vs. OJ Simpson” and discovering the story of Marcia Clarke I decided to shift the focus of my book from perceptions in general to male vs. female perceptions.

Then I was faced with the question:

how am I going to get my reader to the pairing of high school speech and debate data visualizations with stories of women experiencing gender bias based on perceptions?

I wrote the text for my introduction that would answer this question and get my reader to my table of contents with the pairings of the data visualizations and stories of women.

Obviously these spreads are basic since I was focusing on mastering the new content flow. Based on my feedback from Chrissi I am now working on furthering the design of my spreads, both visually and typographically. I am also working on bringing references from Speech and Debate into the subtitles and other areas of my book. This has been in the back of my mind since Thursday and so far I have thought of:

  • Starting the book with “Judge, ready? Audience, ready? Ok, let’s begin.”

  • Contention 1, Contention 2, Contention 3

  • Problem, Cause, Solution

  • Table of Contents = A Brief Off-The-Clock Roadmap

  • Introducing my references after my introduction like they do in interpretation events

  • Suit Up

  • Implement time limit somehow

This list makes me excited, but I question if I have to explain the use of these Speech and Debate insider references. If so I would do it through handwritten marginalia.

One of the my new sources of content for stories about women dealing with perceptions and bias about their gender.

One of the my new sources of content for stories about women dealing with perceptions and bias about their gender.

A selection of gatefold spreads

A selection of gatefold spreads


Gail Bichler @ Typographics 2018 Video Response

I enjoyed the analysis of the change in The New York Times Magazine logo because I had not realized it was changed before. I also enjoyed listening to their desire to have a condensed typeface because I enjoy love typefaces, but oftentimes when I use them in class work I am directed away from them. Finally, I loved seeing the iterations around one of the title spreads— it felt like a familiar process.

I saved spreads from the presentation that reminded me of content design, or layout from my own capstone for reference.