The sto ry of Synesthesia Fantasia
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A 2020 Project
- Editorial Design
- Experimental Book Design
Synesthesia Fantasia is an ambitious self-initiated project aimed at pushing the boundaries of graphic generation and experimental book-making materials. Through the utilization of generative technology, sound is transformed into captivating graphics. The project utilizes transparent vellum as a material to craft a visually stunning experience. Synesthesia Fantasia weaves a narrative around a dancer who possesses the extraordinary ability to see sound (synesthesia) and her captivating fantasy of dancing and becoming lost in the magic of music.
The principle graphic of dot pattern is generated from the 4 movement of Vivaldi's Four Season, which also divides the book into four distinct sections with distinct motifs and color schemes.
The Substance of Dreams
The main story feature the main character perfoming a dream ballet along with Four Season. The transparent material enhance this dream-like effect and create a three-dimensional depth that evoke motion and emotion.
The typography follow a common motifs found in each chapter, and echoed the poem-like copy in both sensibility and thematically-approriate visuals.
The book feature 4 chapter: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Spring utilizes dot pattern that are bloom-like and utilizes stretched type to showcase the passionate and wild nature of the dance featured in the story.
Summer reflect the spiralling pattern of the summer storm, and the heated passion of the main character for her performance. While fall feature the vertical "fall" stripes pattern that celebrate triumph.
Winter is the final chapter and is also a break from the main character's fantasy: we see her spiralling out of control with a dance filled with urgency and yearning: and the type and graphic also reflect this change.
The transparency of every page create a unique and changing composition that transform with each flip and create motion from stillness. The typography is also extensively experimented on to reflect the spirit and emotions of the text.
The project was completed in 3 months of experimentation of both creative coding and book-making. The end result is a unique experience that challenge the conventions of book design and utilize generative coding in a new and interesting way.
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