This is a second year university project in which we got given a random object and challenged to make a 32 page publication from it. My given object was a barometer; an instrument measuring atmospheric pressure, used especially in forecasting the weather and determining altitude. The narrative explores the parts of the object by dissecting the barometer and explaining what function and use the barometer has and how to read one to forecast the short term weather.
The publication starts at the front of a barometer, the dial, and goes through all the pieces and the stop motion movements that do and could go on inside a barometer and ends with the back of a barometer; like cutting layers through of the instrument.
My main inspiration for this publication was Karel Martens; he print screened parts of everyday objects such as machine pieces onto found paper and made interesting compositions and patterns. I drew what I thought could be in a barometer on illustrator and laser cut the shapes out so I could letterpress them. I letterpresses onto geography textbook pages about pressure and weather maps to get a similar effect. The magazine has a strong scientific element to it due to the history and nature of a barometer therefore the textbooks and geographic journals made sense. The other elements which contribute it its scientific aesthetic include a strong grid, justified text, definitions, numbers, temperature degrees on the page numbers, steel paper colour, the cog imagery and the body copy which explains how the barometer functions.
The materials and folding method also echo the dissecting nature of the publication. The audience can look inside the french fold and see the name of one part of the barometer which corresponds with the end (a stencil of all the shapes thats make up a barometer). There are also transparent pages with compositions of the parts on which overlap the other pages, creating a layering effect.
Furthermore, it is a celebration of the barometer and all that is inside physically as well as its function and use. It teaches people how to predict the shorter weather in a visually interesting way.