Welcome To Leawood

According to Jenna Tucker.

Nate, I’m going to tell you something that somebody once told me. You had better learn to write good fiction, because otherwise you’re going to become a huge liar.

According to Sylvia Plath.

Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to. (Journals, 1950-1962)

Welcome to Leawood is my never-finished 30,000 word, sixteen chapter, 83 page exploration in narrative voice and graphic design for literature.

Despite never seeing the light of day and remaining utterly unresolved, the project allowed me to refine a storytelling voice, work through hypothetical semi-fiction, and explore the nuances of graphic design for literature.

The project was wholly exploratory and kept me busy during a summer of funemployment, but I’m not likely to do anything with it’s incomplete threads.

Regardless, I’m happy I made up and gave myself a reason to explore the finer points of amateur book design, including:

Nifty Chapter Headings

Using oversized numbers and tight type, I tried to draw intentional focus to the chapter titles.

Humorous Flowcharts

I’m pretty sure I can thank either John Hodgeman or Malcolm Gladwell for my appreciation of well-designed charts in books, and I was tickled to have a chance to explore how literature and information design meet for my own project.

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