company overview

illustrada’s own overview brochure

“Objects of Exploration”

All acts of creation are invariably self-referential to some extent. But creating a brochure for your own work takes that idea to a higher level, and is some of the most difficult type of content design to make.

But that is exactly what I set out to do in Objects of Exploration, a tight pamphlet-style booklet that both explains my process, and used creative photo-collage images to show off some of my projects. A book about books!

illustrada overview by Paul Nylander, cover
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In this case, the content as well as the design were developed together. And while research is a part of every project, here I needed to determine my own visual style—photographic, integrating the various book objects into other photographs I had taken.

All of these projects can be found here on my website. Although it is a bit of a scavenger hunt to determine which project each “building” refers to.

creation process

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Design is process of creative problem solving as applied to challenge of controlling how a user (i.e. a reader) interacts with their environment (i.e. the book). While Book Design isn’t writing, editing, or illustration, it affects the success of all three. It is part production minded, and part visual story-telling.

learn more about paul nylander and illustrada design

I encourage you to step through my recent projects and learn for yourself how I have applied a design process to a variety of different challenges. Or jump back up to the overview.