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Final Project: Storybook -Stage 0

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Final Project

ObjectiveCreate a storybook for children aged 6-9
Themes Hype, Crook and Lyric
Stage 0 Pre-Research
Stage 1 Idea Generation
Stage 2 Preliminary Sketches
Stage 3 Colour Palette
Stage 4Final Work

STAGE 0 – PRE-RESEARCH:

The Book Store I went besides Popular

The Book Store I went besides Popular

Way before the project theme was announced, I went to Bras Basah complex to check out the different kind of storybooks available. i went to a shop called Children’s Book Centre (Address #04-53). For the design report, I went back there again to take several photos with the store owner’s permission.

p.s [Photographs taken courtesy of Children’s Book Centre at Bras Basah Complex]

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Books with moving elements in the story

Books with moving elements in the story

Books with double image effect

Books with double image effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

A: This is a story about the characters having to travel in different vehicle and the story book has slits that allow children to move the vehicle from one place to another. But the book paper quality has to be very thick.

 

B: This book make use the double image on their cover page will attract children purchase them. But… too high tech…

 

 
 
 

Storybooks with sounds

Storybooks with sounds

Colouring story books

Colouring story books

 

A: This is actually a language activity book which teaches children how to say hello in different languages. There is also buttons by the side which gives the correct pronounciation of the words.It is binded like a ring file and has a hard cover.

B: Storybook with pages for colouring and puzzles. The quality of paper has to be colourable.

 
 
 

This book is in the shape of a basket

This book is in the shape of a basket

Books with jigsaw

Books with jigsaw

 

Post-Research Evaluation
This external preliminary research also allowed us a general glimpse of the styles of colouring and writing used in children storybooks. Most of the books that targeted children from 6-9 years of age used a wide array of colours, with many using very rich colour schemes. This made it more attractive to young readers who love colourful and vibrant images. Our research extended to the internet for different illustration styles. We favoured using water-colour styled colouring because it gave a soothing feel. However, due to the different settings in our story, which required backgrounds that are more detailed, we decided to use richer colours. Also, using layering, beveling and shadow techniques for the backgrounds and the characters gives a touch of realism to the characters and the story.

A: This book is about a rabbit who eats a basket of food it decided to eat more to balance up. In the end, she ate everything and have a bad stomach. The way they have different layers is unique and nice. But hard and thick cover is needed to prevent the book from spoiling

B:Story books that include jigsaw puzzles.

Books that allow the use of marker

Books that allow the use of marker

Stories with vibrant colours

Stories with vibrant colours

 
 
 
A:  This book allow children to interact with book by providing marker. The paper quality has to be glossy on surface so as to allow writing and erasing on the paper.
B: I found these storybooks in the Popular, even though they are the common fairytale, their vibrant characters and colours attract people attention. 
 
Brightly coloured stories

Brightly coloured stories

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Storybooks with pop-ups

Storybooks with pop-ups

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pop-ups with Glitter textures

Pop-ups with Glitter textures

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Story with puzzle pictures

Story with puzzle pictures

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Story with stickers activites

Story with stickers activites

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The above shows many other popular mediums like the pop-ups which will take quite sometime for us to figure out how to work. A nice idea was how they use glittle to create a bit of texture and making the storybook more interesting for the children.

 There are many stories with pull out puzzles to create interestins pictures. This make children learn more easily with the added interactivity and be able to recodnise the animals more easily.

 The use of stickers to fill in the stories is a nice way to have the story going. But I thought this will mean there won’t be any re-read value, once thechildren finish pasting the stickers.

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Author: Tiffany Yong

The ABC Girl (Actor, Blogger, Consultant) in Singapore!

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