Accordion Book Format

Project: 1



Appropriated image and text has its own predetermined visual language. By dissecting a magazine of your choosing a set of visuals, and text, will be determined by your choice. Each editorial article will have a set of images, arbitrary space, type pieces, and other design elements. Additional advertising pages will add texture and subject matter. As a designer/author editing is crucial towards a comprehensive visual document. As well as visual, through written text and found textures a conversation can be determined.


  • Utilize an arbitrary data set to determine a false narrative. Add written text to confirm – or deny – a fictional narrative arch. You may also consider writing text that contrasts to the edited images.
  • Learn the details of text and image as potential texture
  • Explore possibilities for texture, value, rhythm, and expression in typographic combinations.
  • Explore the visual phenomenon of narrative visual ques.
  • Explore typographic space, pace, and sequence
  • Determine a narrative to confirm, or deny, an edited picture plane

You are the author, poet, and storyteller. You must bring thematic unity to the whole.


  1. Process Cut a 2.5-inch square hole completely through a magazine of your choice. Example: architecture, gardening, food, or fashion magazine
  2. Choose ten compositions which, when placed in a sequence, tell a visual story.
  3. Scan these in grayscale so the final files are 5 inches square at 300 dpi.
  4. In InDesign, place the images in a ten-spread sequence in the manner you deem best. You will create a 5″x 5″ double page document which will be converted to a sequential accordion layout.
  5. Working with a single font family, add a significant body of text – this can be material found in the public domain (750-1000 words), exploring: Different sizes, Leading, Values
  6. Consider not only the conversation, which happens across the individual spread, but also the pacing of the entire sequence.
  7. Final: Create an accordion style book that sequentially reinforces your ten compositions.

Student Submissions:

| Lou Vang

| Daniel Thiede

| Jennifer Hackett

| Micayla Sipe

| Leah Monson