FMP: Developments Supporting Book

After listening back to my formative feedback I decided to explore the idea of having foldout pages within the supporting book. I started to think about how I could get to view it to move their body when reading the book, The project is focused around the unique movements within which mastics I felt that it could be a nice aspect of the project if the viewer had to move their body to read the book. However, after creating a mock up of the book and sketching out ideas of how the foldout pages might look it became clear that there was no need for the viewer to move their body with the foldouts therefore I have made the decision not to have the foldout pages in the book.

I have kept the book with in sections to make it easier to navigate between the different movements (pivots, valances, leaps/jumps, and operators handling). I have also added a section at the start of the book to explain the four layers to the project in relation to my research into dance notation. The four layers are crucial to the animation which The book is meant to support. In order to showcase how the layers work I have created four separate spreads each showing one of the layers. Personally I made this decision so that the viewer could easily distinguish between each layer. The layer that is concerned with the relationship between movement and music has the ability to be scanned by a mobile device which will then allow the reader to watch the animation. The spreads have been based on the animation itself and creating that link between the book and the animation again.

The spreads within the book often have one symbol per page, this was a decision based on the idea that each individual symbol needs space to breathe and standalone by it self. Each symbol is accompanied by a value relating to its worth in terms of the scoring everything gymnastics and a brief description of the movement itself. I thought this was important as some of the symbols within the “notation” aren’t clear indications of what the movement physically is. I would like to develop some of the spreads further using AI technology to allow the viewer to scan the symbol and see the symbol doing the movement which will further reinforce the beauty of the sport. Some of the symbols are supported by photography which has been duotones in photo shop to work with the colour schemes that I have created for each individual element.

As the project is focused around movement I re-visited some earlier ideas about flipbooks and how this could be a way of conveying the movements within the sport. I thought that these would make nice tip ins within the book and allow the viewer to get a sense of movement. The Tip ins would be smaller in size and made of a lighter GSM of paper in order for the viewer to be able to flip quickly and see the movement as if it was happening in real life. I have not included a large amount of these within the book and they are available within each section for 1 to 2 movements.

Overall the book has progressed over the past few weeks and is still developing as I would like some of the spreads to be more experimental. I also think that there is opportunity to include more nuances of rhythmic gymnastics and the movements that happen within the sport. If possible moving forward I feel that use of more imagery would bring the final outcome to a higher standard. This combined with the animation and supporting video content I feel that the project is coming together and really highlights the unique sport of rhythmic gymnastics.

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