Graphic Design Project 3: Adage Booklet Research

This post consists of research I conducted for a project in my graphic design class.

The assignment was to create a booklet from the a classic idiom or adage. I chose the adage, “Time flies when you are having fun.

When I first started the research for this assignment I searched the idiom online and found that most images that came up from the search were very generic and literal.

Idiom (Direct):

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I decided to think of some stories using images. I automatically thought of Children’s picture books.

Children’s Illustrations (Related):

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Articles (Related):

This article provides 18 tips on how to tell a story through illustrations.

This article contains writing on how illustrations affect picture books.

Japanese Graphic Novels (Related):

At first I did not want to do a comic book/comic strip type of booklet, but using the grid for the illustrations alone was a challenge, so I ended up separating the pages into panels. By creating panels, I was also able to tell a longer story.

I reminded myself of the Japanese comic books I used to read. A lot of the pages play with large and smaller sized panels. Here are some examples of the panel usage in graphic novels that influenced my story telling.

Akira (1982-1990): Katsuhiro Otomo

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One Piece (1997-present): Eiichiro Oda

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In order to think of stories for my adage, I looked back at some of my favorite books, films, and short stories.

Books/Stories (Related):

The Little Prince (1943): It is a quiet and sweet story, yet has a very deep meaning.


Movies and Films:

I looked back and reminded myself of some of the short films and movies that I have enjoyed. The sequencing, moods and overall feel from these movies influenced my story telling.

Paper man (Trailer) (2012): A Quiet short film from Disney. No dialogue story-telling.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010): The theme of a new friendship. I honestly did not mean for my adage idea to be so similar to this clip… I apologize!

Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) (1991): Children, Sweet, Nostalgia, and Memories.

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Ponyo, on the Cliff by the Sea (2008): Children, Friendship, The Sea.

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Images that inspired my story:

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Music (Inspirational):

This is some of the music I listened to while illustrating my adage booklet.

John Powell: Forbidden Friendship

Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) Official Soundtrack: Ohanahan

Joe Hisaishi: Friends


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