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Poly Publications is a notebook series inspired by low poly art and fantasy, meant to promote creativity and adventure for teens and young adults.Through imagery, I wanted the series to say “Seek Adventure”. I wanted the imagery to express bravery and the audience to be inspired by the adventurous character.

The goal of this project was to experiment with a new design style, practice publication design, printing, and finishing processes. The work allowed me explore new creative styles by inspiring exploration in others. My top three objectives were to instill creativity, promote adventure, and to help others document their creativity/adventure.

For all the components, I researched and sketched design concepts. All vectors, rasters, and text content were provided by me except for the Contact and About images on the site homepage and mockup layouts.
Poly Publication Notebook Mockup
Poly Publication Notebooks

The Design

I first researched low poly art and fantasy themes on Behance and other online resources. Then, I sketched a general idea of what I wanted the vector design to be for the inside and outside of the cover. 

Next, I created the vector images in Illustrator using the pen tool, pathfinder, reflect tool, and type tool. After, I set up the 5’ x 7” document for the notebook and 3″ x 5″ document for the field notebook in InDesign. Both documents had 0.125” bleed and 0.25” margins. I went on to create master pages for both the inside and outside covers using panels. Then, I imported and laid out the vectors onto the cover. Next, I used the type tool to include the text content on the inside cover.
Perfect Bound Cover Idea Sketch
Perfect Bound Notebook Cover Design in InDesign
PerfecField Notebook Cover Design in InDesign

Printing and Finishing

I exported the file as a PDF and used a Xerox printer to print the notebook and field notebook covers. Then, I used a Duplo plotter cutter to score the covers. Next, I cut parent sheets to use for the inside of the notebook. The perfect binding machine was then used to bind the sheets to notebook cover. The saddle stitch was used to stitch the inside pages to the field notebook cover. Then, the notebooks were cut down to finished size using the Guillotine cutter. Finally, I used a corner rounder on the corners of the notebooks.

I first researched low poly art and fantasy themes on Behance and other online resources. Then, I sketched a general idea of what I wanted the vector design to be for the inside and outside of the cover. 

Next, I created the vector images in Illustrator using the pen tool, pathfinder, reflect tool, and type tool. After, I set up the 5’ x 7” document for the notebook and 3″ x 5″ document for the field notebook in InDesign. Both documents had 0.125” bleed and 0.25” margins. I went on to create master pages for both the inside and outside covers using panels. Then, I imported and laid out the vectors onto the cover. Next, I used the type tool to include the text content on the inside cover.
Notebook Cover in Perfect Binding Machine
Rounding Corners of a Perfect Bound Notebook