Ryczek - Process 2
University of Michigan
Mike Ryczek Exhibition Publications Project
Grids, type, color, and catalog architecture.
The catalog is a foundational piece of this publications system. It will contain all of the art included in the exhibition and speak on Mike and his work. One of my main goals for this project is to emphasize Mike’s work, so the catalog should minimize the attention called for by body copy and direct readers to spend time viewing the paintings.
I want to use a single repeated format for body copy so that the reader wont be drawn to or surprised by any different-looking text. I started with a two column grid but realized that the minimal quality of positioning text in the center of the page serves well as a restrained precursor to images.
Below are some applications of this grid on text pages and examples of how I plan to display images of Mike’s work.
Flow of Information
The way the reader moves through this catalog is a vital consideration because of how important the viewing experience is to Mike’s work. This experience should be slow and reflective. With that in mind, I am paying close attention to the order in which content is presented and how it effects the pacing/tempo of the catalog as a whole. Firstly, all textual information about a piece or series should be presented before images appear so that the viewer knows what to expect but isn’t interrupted while viewing Mike’s paintings. Additionally, I want to set a slow pace for this catalog so that the reader is encouraged to spend time looking through the collection. To do this, I am including more pages as to spread information out and create breaks for the reader.
Below is my working version of the title sequence, which aims to begin the book with a patient and calm cadence.
A problem with including a series of paintings is that it doesn’t always end perfectly on the second page of a spread. To solve this problem, I am using blank pages that focus on one image at a time and provide resting places for the reader. The image to the right is an example of the end of a series, where the last image is followed by a blank page before a new section of the catalog starts.
I printed and constructed some sections of the in-progress catalog to get a zoomed out view of how everything is fitting together.
I noticed that sections of dark and light appear due to the grouping and alternating of images and text. This is a good way to see the overarching rhythm of the book and how frequently and consistently the style shifts on a large scale.