Multidemensional Design

A few days ago a very good friend of mine celebrated his birthday. So I had to come up with a really good gift: I decided with a few other friends to make a fake cooking book where every recepie tells a little story with pictures in 2 and 3 dimensions.

To design this little booklet i used InDesign. Probably a little overkill for this simple task but i had to get used to the design Principles and functionality of Adobes layout tool. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to plan the required layout tasks for our yearbook which i had volunteered to manage.
For the Headings I used a very lovely font from Google Fonts called 'Lobster'. The subheadings and the body consisted of very basic fonts from Adobe and Google.
To make the gift special and to provide a catchy cover, I had the idea to combine 2D Design Elements from InDesign with a three dimensional logo: Simply a spoon crossed with a fork combined with the title. Luckily these are very basic and elementary three dimensional shapes and with the help of blender and the subdivision surface modifier 15 minutes later a fully printable logo appeared on my display (printing time: 1 hour).


The 2D framework was implemented by a big red badge shape which improves the readability of the white logo object on the otherwise white background. To emphasize the brand even more, I added a long and sharp drop shadow which matches exactly the dimensions of the objects and creates the illusion of real shadows of viewed from the top (idea from collegehumor logo Q1 2014).
This last part was a little tricky due to the limited functionality of gimp and the accurate positioning which was required.

Merging 3D-printed objects with traditional two dimensional layout has potential. Some exciting projects including this one have shown this already and there's more to come...