This book is the outcome of another second year brief where we were tasked with creating a book based on a single word which would be given to us at random. The word that was allocated to me was ‘adaptation’.
After researching various interpretations of the word, I discovered articles about how the eye adapts to light and dark. Given my limited knowledge on the subject and it’s scientific content, I chose to create a book aimed at secondary school children describing the process that the eye goes through when adapting to extreme changes in light and dark. Whilst researching, a statement that stood out was that when entering a dark environment, the eye adapts to define ‘what is black’. This defined the books content as a whole and was an obvious choice for a title. Throughout the book, I experimented with colour, leading, kerning and various layouts to explain the content described in a visual manner that would be more accessible to a younger audience. Given the subject manner, I also used traditional optotype structures to give the pages the feel of material you would typically read from at an opticians.