Hold Me Tight
A Historical object Paper which evolved into a Book
This book began with an object.
I set out to learn more about the history and design of the balloon. However after much digging and reading and frustration I was unable to find any definitive books on the subject of party balloons (though there were numerous volumes on hot air balloons) I left the library and started collecting from out in the world.
I went through my own personal pictures and found countless images with balloons in party environments. I went to balloon stores and asked questions, I compared balloon representation in children's books and photographed my own embarrassingly extensive balloon collection.
All of this content was collected together in a book.
The inspiration for the look of the book was helium party balloons, which necessitated a very tall and slender shape.
Arrows, primary colors, sky photographs, and common phrases which could relate to balloons were all used to create a feeling of levity (pardon the pun) and whimsy which matched the subject matter.
A custom repeating pattern was designed to use on the back of the accordion so that the space would be activated, and reflect a glowing blue tone onto whatever surface the book was read on.