Designing Toroidal Books with Ken Leslie – Day 2
We started off today’s class talking about rectangular toruses. Or is it tori? Aha! Rectangular toroidal shapes. Ken shared some of his work that used the rectangular form. It’s awesome when he does this because he reads the text to you and it’s like adult story time.
We then dove in with the rectangular shape using an exhibit poster of Ken’s that included a book that you could cut out and fold yourself.
Next came the big project announcement – we have to plan a book that can take any toroidal shape we choose – it can be a circle, rectangle, or even a triangle.
Ken advised that we should just “barf out an idea”, that we shouldn’t be concerned with making something perfect right from the start. He added that we should plan the structure first before adding content – the structure should be used to inform the content.
Before I dove into the big deal, I did today’s spread in my PBI book. This is who/how I am today (or at least was this morning):
Then, taking the barf approach, I started the main project. I decided on making a rectangle, mostly because I already have a book that’s a circle. The model comes first, so it’s smaller than the size of the final book.
I added in the panels (totally winging it – there’s no formula like with the circle)…
…cut out the center…
…and folded it up.
All of this took a lot longer than you would imagine. And then it didn’t fold up right (that’s why you make models). I was not happy, considering how much work I had put into it.
Not knowing what to do next, I put it on my head.
Then I got over myself and asked Ken for help. He helped me reorient some of my folds so that the book closed up correctly. Whether or not the page spreads made structural sense was another story.
So I stared at my book for a long time. And then it was time for lunch. Argh.
I went back into the studio in the evening and asked Ken for more help. I told him that there were parts of the book that I liked and wanted to keep – how could I move forward with my structure without starting over?
He helped me figure out the adaptations I needed to get it to work. I started to work on my new model a little bit before I called it quits for the day. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures of a working model tomorrow.
Here are today’s gems from Ken:
When you shrink it [your book], your mistakes shrink also.
Any questions or fears?