Breakfast at Tiffany’s Booklet

May 9, 2017

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

At long last! I’m sharing you my project for school from last quarter. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I had this crazy insane project for school that I pulled partial all-nighters for for 10 days straight. If you follow my Instagram Stories, you’ve probably seen I finally got around to photographing and editing these pictures of the final project. I took pictures when I submitted my assignment, but wasn’t thrilled with the way the photos came out, so I reshot them.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

The project was for my typography class and the object was to design a booklet focused on a topic of my choice with at least 12 double-page spreads. I chose to base my booklet on the film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It wasn’t that the project was super involved, it was just that I had only a little over a week to write a proposal/have it approved by the professor, write, design, print, and photograph my booklet, design a tablet version, put together a process book, and write a 2,500 page essay on my topic and design approach.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

My concept was to take the 1961 film and re-imagine it and its characters in modern day. How would their conversations go? Would they be in person or via text message? What would Holly Golightly’s and Paul Varjak’s Instagram feeds look like? (Sadly, the Instagram spread got cut from the final booklet (you can see it in the process book), but I still loved the idea.) My goal was to explore typography through hand lettering and different hand writings and combine them with computer typefaces and imagery to create a mixed media design. I sourced materials, printed out photos, illustrated objects, and physically pieced them together in collages, then scanned them in. I did my best to create as many subtle references to the film as I could.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

This was the most complex page to design. I scanned in Smarty Pants’ Galaxy Wrapping Paper for the background, printed/scanned in film stills of Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, scanned in Amy Ventures’ Neon Rocket Ship Pin, typed/printed out/coffee-stained/scanned in the lyrics of “Moon River,” illustrated the globe, and hand-lettered the rest.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Breakfast at Tiffany's Booklet

Although I wasn’t a fan of 15-17 hour work days, sleep deprivation, and hardly having enough time to eat, I really really enjoyed this project and I’m so happy with the outcome. It was so fun to see something come entirely from my head that had never been done before come to fruition. I’m not sponsored to say this or anything—and maybe all art schools are like this—but I LOVE the way SCAD leaves most projects open-ended and lets you pick pretty much whatever topic you want. I had Breakfast at Tiffany’s playing on repeat every day to ingrain every nuance of every scene in my head, read the screenplay, and read this book to gather enough information for me to write and design my booklet. But that was okay because Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my all-time favorite films and I can seriously watch and read about Audrey Hepburn all day. I can’t imagine devoting this much work to a project that had a topic I wasn’t interested in.

View the photos bigger as well as the process book here.

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