Designing on Benches in Hamra Street! UPDATE!

The two benches I have designed-on and executed in Hamra street:

One is at the corner near Jack & Jones (Modca corner) and the other is facing Fransabank on the right side of the street.

The first bench tries to capture the spirit of Hamra, the energy & hype, the lights, the crowd, the restaurants and pubs during the day and at night.

While the second bench is a typographical interpretation of a quotation from Steve Jobs.

The quote says:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something” ~ Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

Once you read the quote and walk past it, you can look back at the bench and connect the black dots to read something else…

I knew I wanted to design the bench with a typographical approach using an inspirational quotation, but I couldn’t come up with anything yet that day. I woke up that morning with the sad news that Steve Jobs passed away, so it came to my mind to use one of his inspiring quotes. I thought it would also pay tribute to him that way too. It is a really interesting that even by passing away, he inspired me to do this design.

I hope you enjoy both benches.

To view the Interview on Helwé Beirut at LBCI, please check the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151237016269758

My steps in designing a photography book

Recently, I’ve been working on a new book layout. This one is mainly photographic.
I’d like to share some steps I took to simplify my design process.

Book Structure Process:
• Set the size of the book, and check it with the printing press
• Open InDesign file and set bleed & margins
• Make grid templates on master pages with guides
• Select fonts for titles and paragraphs and convert them to paragraph styles
• Open images in Adobe Bridge and check resolution
• Make an InDesign contact sheet
• Cut images from contact sheet and place them in the main InDesign file*
• Delete the black frame from images and arrange them on the pages
• Divide the no. of pages by no. of chapters = pages per chapter
• Fit image contents proportionally
• Redistribute spreads taking into consideration landscape/portrait
• After the structure is formed, work more the design

*instead of placing each image by itself and skipping any by mistake.

PS. If anyone thinks there is a better way in one or more of the steps, comments are welcome.