The Submariner Compendium is a project we did for sPro from Berlin. It is a result of international studies of the sustainable use of the resources of the Baltic Sea sponsored by the EU. The publication is directed at European politicians who should be encouraged to promote such solutions for the future of the sea.
The studies were conducted by institutions from many EU countries, including Germany, Scandinavian countries and Poland. The Compendium is divided into chapters, each devoted to one kind of resource, such as mussels, microalgae, sustainable fish farming, blue biotechnology and others. The publication needed to be accessible but also well-organized and present the huge amount of data in an orderly way.
We decided to introduce color coding: each chapter has its lead color and the colors are arranged in a spectrum, which can be seen in the contents page. Additionally, the whole book uses a shade of cyan that is both vivid and sea-related. Also, each resource has an icon that is used for the infographics in the book.
Infographic illustrations were a very important element of the layout and required designing many icons, which, of course, was quite fun for us (especially if they involved animals). The book also required designing maps and graphs – the illustrative material was quite massive. To keep everything clean we used a two-column layout for the text with one-column narrower space for larger illustrations.
The cover also uses the symbols for the resources arranged in a wheel. The extra thrill came from using varnish to add a small wave ornament onto the cover that is only well visible from certain angles.
This was a huge and quite an ambitious project but it definitely gave us a lot of satisfaction to see it completed.
We’ve been insanely busy for the last week so today we’re only showing you a sneak peek of three illustrations that happened as a last-minute request. These are fragments of stories we made up for three well-known and well-loved figures. We’ll show you the whole pieces in near(ish) future.
For our post-wedding session we really wanted to pose with a bunch of huskies but, unfortunately, we don’t own such a pack. Luckily, one of our neighbors does and so we arranged to have the dogs pose with us in return for a logo for the company. We actually enjoyed this arrangement because it seemed like a fun challenge to design a logo-shaped husky. Also, we just like drawing dogs.
The company is a small family business, or really just a husky-lover who owns over twenty dogs and puts them to work by making them pull sled in winter and help in dogotherapy and sometimes pose for pictures with people like us. His are not exactly sports dogs so we decided to aim for a more friendly look.
Please be informed that this is for now work in progress.
The first logo uses a full dog silhouette with a grid of snow.
The other one is just a husky’s head that we took pains not to make too sports-team like so that it wouldn’t feel aggressive but more huggable (they are really huggable).
And here is one of our pictures with the monochromatic version of the logo.
Should you be superinterested in what it’s like to have your pictures taken with huskies, I wrote more about it here.