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The inspiration for this design came one dark and dreary Wednesday afternoon. Summer was slowly making its way to the southern hemisphere and autumn was well and truly on its way. Rain had been falling for as long as we could remember. We had enjoyed the cosines of being in the house with the rain pouring outside. We had listened closely to the soothing pitter-patter of raindrops as they fell on the balcony. Nevertheless, slowly it was time to pull on our wellies and head out in search of treasures.
Perhaps it was the dimness of the natural light that afternoon that accentuated the colors around us. It seemed almost like a second spring where every leaf was blossoming and blooming like a little flower. It's difficult to say whether the autumn foliage was different to that of any other year, but somehow it was so much more pronounced.Book design is the art of incorporating the content, style, format, design, and sequence of the various components of a book into a coherent whole. In the words of Jan Tschichold, "methods and rules upon which it is impossible to improve, have been developed over centuries. To produce perfect books, these rules have to be brought back to life and applied."
Front matter, or preliminaries, is the first section of a book, and is usually the smallest section in terms of the number of pages. Each page is counted, but no folio or page number is expressed, or printed, on either display pages or blank pages.
I love when it rains. Rain makes the flowers come alive.
As we carried along our way, we found an old maple tree that stood beautiful and strong. Its branches had already dropped many perfectly shaped brown and yellow leaves that covered the ground below it. The kids could not believe their luck. Enthusiastically they set about kicking around piles of crunchy leaves. Shrieking with delight, they fell dramatically to the floor and rolled around like little puppies trying to cover themselves completely under bunches of foliage. When the initial excitement wore off, the children started to carefully explore the exquisite shape of the huge maple leaves. When it was time to return home, the children chose three leaves to bring along. We spent the rest of the afternoon painting the fallen leaves with the bright and bold colors we had observed that day.
The unique shape of the maple leaf made it relatively easy to obtain a first draft with regards the broad form that the leaf would take. It was important to capture the subtle detail of the leaf without leaving its edges looking too rugged or sharp. Through the design, we wanted to accentuate the beauty of the foliage but also to capture the movement we observed as it falls to the ground silently but gracefully. We feel we did this by changing the angles of the leaves as well as the size of the form, all the while keeping the shape unaltered.
Wallpaper color
For the color scheme, for once, we wanted to move away from our comfort zone and rather, to focus on trying to capture the atmosphere of that Wednesday afternoon. Staying with the theme of autumn, we chose to play with a mix of red, pale brown and medium brown. Very quickly we felt that the color scheme was too dark and dreary for what we were after. Next we started lightening the tones that we were mixing by moving towards greys and whites. That's when we found a beautiful, creamy hue that perfectly balanced the warmth of brown with the crisp coolness of white. The leaves themselves were shaded completely. Initially we had contemplated adding detail through shading. However, we concluded that uni-colored leaves added a sense of simplicity and sophistication. We chose to incorporate a hint of yellow in the cream-shaded forms to accentuate the lightness of the leaves.
As a means of further experimenting with color and form we worked towards creating a second version of the design using elegant winter hues. Here we toyed with grey tones, pale yellows and pinks. Finally, we felt that offsetting a warm pale grey tone, chosen for the dancing leaves, with an off-white background worked perfectly together to create a soft, warm and soothing design.

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