Motion Math

Motion Math

I like the textured effects as I feel it gives depth, this would work really well for my book.

Intro Church

Intro Church

I love the typeface on the word ‘kids’. I feel if I used a typeface that was similar to this but suitable for children, it will allow for a more fun and lively typographic feel. It would also contrast really well against a serif typeface to help break up the stories.

Aminals

Aminals

I love the typeface for this logo, it is strong, simple and bold and is suitable for both children and adults. I feel the illustrations are really effective and work as a set. Children would really like them and a style like these could work for my book if the colours, paper stock and line weights worked together.

Sharky and George

Sharky and George

This is a branding project and I really like the illustrations. They help to create a strong brand identity, they are simple yet ver fun. I also feel the restriction of colours helps enhance and strengthen the brand.

Cabrito – Typeface for Children

Cabrito – Typeface for Children

I really like the simplicity of this typeface and it is very suitable for children and looks strong when on the page. A typeface like this could work for my book but if I use textured backgrounds it may be lost.

The Children’s Aquarium Identity

The Children’s Aquarium Identity

I really like how the characters have been designed and the layered effect with a lightly textured background works effectively. I feel for my book the layered texture would work really well, however, although the typeface is suitable for the audience, I feel for my book a typeface similar to this will be too weak.

Children’s Typeface

Children’s Typeface

This typeface was designed for a FMP. The typeface uses simple geometric forms to create the typeface and is aimed towards 6 – 9 year olds. I feel this typeface is very suitable for the target audience as it is easy to read and all one weight.

Typography for Children

Typography for Children

This website is really good at explaining how my target audience learn to read and choice of typeface is very important.

Children learn by reading each individual letter and learning which sounds go with which letter shape, therefore the typeface must be easy to read and set out in a clear and structured way. The typeface needs to be simple and have round and opened counters.

Typefaces that have been designed for my target audience include –

• Sassoon Primary

• Bembo Infant

• Gill Infant

I should look for typefaces that have larger x-heights as these are easier to read, it is important to find a typeface that has the correct letter shape for letters such as ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘g’ etc.

Sans serif and sans typefaces can work well for children as long as they follow the rules listed above, they should not use condensed, bold or expanded fonts as these make reading difficult, they should be a medium weight and italics are usually avoided.

New readers have to learn to read words left to right and their eyes jump from a line ending to the start of the next line, therefore, to ensure this is easier a text size of 14 – 24 points should be used and leading should be between 4 – 6 points. There should not be too much text on a page and length lines should be short so as not to lose the attention of the reader. Ensure this is a strong contrast between type and image so that it stands out.

For the titles, the text can be more playful and creative. The style, colour and layout add interest to the book and can still easily be read by the children, by keeping it curved and colourful will attract young readers.

 

Tank Tales

My book series is called ‘Tank Tales’ and will feature a range of books that cover topics that are important for children to learn about. I decided to choose fish as my characters as they are colourful and I feel children will really like them as a character as they are different from the obvious cat, dog or rabbit. Also, when I thought about this project, I had always envisioned the characters being fish as I wanted to create a book around my pet fish as they all have different attitudes, characters and personalities and felt having the knowledge of how fish behave would help my project. Plus, I will be able to choose suitable characters to suit certain personalities which will help with the stories.

Final Major Project – The Brief

The task is to design and create a children’s book targeted towards Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 education that will appeal to younger audiences using fun pet like characters that children can relate to from their different personalities and backgrounds, covering different ethnicities and abilities. The content should use simple language with rhythms to engage the child throughout and the story/stories should have a strong message that children can relate to and cover topics such as relationships, healthy eating, activities, the environment and social media. Typography should be carefully chosen to meet the requirements of the target audience and imagery should be fun, colourful and engaging. Consider whether the book will work more successfully as a single edition or as a series and think about if/how the idea could develop across different formats such as animations, merchandise and toys.