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1 Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock Andrea Wightman English 392A October 16, 2003

2 2 Document Design Audience: Art lovers, people interested in books that deviate from normal storytelling Purpose: To entertain, to inspire, to relay the correspondence between two “people”. Context: Canadian artist who decided to put words to his art. First book in the trilogy.

3 3 Serif Font: old fashioned, less technical Picture placed in vertical centre. Art is the focal point of this book. Cursive writing in background: builds interest for interior Red banner draws the eye downwards

4 4 Guttenberg Diagram: Art follows the reader’s natural focus. Feather is divided, but continuous.

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6 6 Map: Inside Cover Brings together the worlds of Griffin and Sabine Sabine’s is more archaic, disorganized Griffin’s follows strict lines, logical Map parallels their life, writing, and art Follows a grid system to divide the worlds

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8 8 A look inside.. A comparison between Griffin and Sabine: Postcards Letters Paintings

9 9 Cursive, feminine hand writing Doodle adds noise to the message Stamp is missing from the back of the postcard.

10 10 Cleaner, more structured writing. Date is included. Sans serif, upper case. No doodling. Stamp placed in horizontal center for redundancy. Stamp in correct location: top right Gryphon stamp divides the postcard to make it more legible. More organized than Sabine

11 11 Similarity vs. Proximity Law of Similarity Things that are similar are perceived as being the same. Bantock uses this law to distinguish Sabine and Griffin’s letters: both have recognizable hand writing. Law of Proximity Things that are close to each other are perceived as being together. Bantock defies this law by placing the front and back of the postcards on opposite pages.

12 12 No breaks in paragraphs. Message was written quickly? More pictures in the margin = noise. Beige background

13 13 Letter is written on a type writer, date is included. Clear divisions between paragraphs. Signs of editing are visible; more care has gone into this letter. Absence of noise.

14 14 Haphazard drawings, little organization Stamp placed on the front, as if as an afterthought, or put on display

15 15 Painting follows the Guttenberg diagram: objects fall in the diagonal from left to right Color of the sky is mimicked in the pond below, trees are reflected for symmetry. “Kangaroo with a Red Hat”: Name of the painting is written on the back side.

16 16 Gestalt Principle The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Parts: the individual postcards and letters Whole: the correspondence between Griffin and Sabine We cannot understand the meaning of a single postcard without reading the entire text. Bantock on Gestalt: If you have 2 contrary things going on at once, separate them and allow them to speak with their own voice.

17 17 Sample of the art inside Summary has the look of a typewriter, similar to Griffin’s letters. Back cover also contains traces of Sabine through her art and writing in background. ISBN has ‘sugar’ on it to make the document unique and personal.

18 18 Conclusion Establishes a balance between image and word in this document. Differentiates the two writers through their hand writing, design choices and paintings. Entices the audience to read the entire document, and to anticipate the next edition. Questions? Comments?

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