Which came first the Doughnut or the Mug? The Process

Publication Development

To accompany my sculpture i’m creating a series of publications that helps to support the connection to Third Space.

Out of the ideas I’ve considered, the three I most wanted to pursue was the components list, a how to play guide and a catalogue style of the finished sculpture.

Components list = Conceived Space (Information on sculpture)

Catalogue = Perceived Space (The realised sculpture)

How to Guide = Lived Space (The experience)

To decided the format the three publications will take I’ve looked at a variety of manuals and catalogues. These include: IKEA, LEGO, The Hive etc

The first two example (as products) are highly informative while The Hive being a sculpture acts more as an detailed catalogue.


I attended the publication making workshop which gave me the opportunity to see if my three publication idea would work together. In this time I made a components booklet that was made up of a generic format but I also experimented with a potential colour scheme that was going to be included in the sculpture.

I extended the components page to be like that of a professional instruction manual, using computer drawn diagrams with dimensions in black and white. I found this to be okay but not fitting to what I wanted. The scale was unnecessary and the whole publication was basic and fully literal.

During the philosophy module my research concerning topology and Phenomonogy would help to make the concepts i’m dealing with in this module to be a lot clearer and concise. Some sections I was keen to include was that of participation with sculpture:

I also attempted to make the ‘how to play’ guide, which was going to experiment with the IKEA manual figure and arrows. However, the link to IKEA would have been too strong when I actually wanted a generic link to shopping centres . Instead I used the potential colour scheme to show how the steps can be presented through colour. Although this was effective, the overall presentation and structure needs developing and research. I changed the direction of my format to be that of a flip book. Known for play and animation I felt if would be a fun and interactive inclusion for such a serious looking sculpture.

Making a flipbook:

-3″x5″

-8-15 frames per second

-Most are usually 64 frames

-binding- currently a bulldog clip but binding screws make look more professional and reinforces a link of construction

Constructing the flipbook has been the most difficult to keep uniform and is something i’m concerned about when producing one to a high standard. However, conceptually the flipbook fits into what I want to achieve not only from a publication but my practice as well. It incorporates diagrams, play and interaction. It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to keep all three publications as flipbooks. This decision stops me from being so literal for the components and catalogue pages.

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