My final project for Semester 1 was redesigning 'The Life Book' by Nina Grunfeld. I discovered the book at my Mum's where she had bought a copy after looking through the one my brother bought his girlfriend. It is a really lovely self help/feel good book, using a straight-to-the-point alphabetical system to communicate how to deal with certain issues. I have never really been a fan of books like this as I often find them patronizing or non-realistic and I hate the whimsical, pansy-like language some use and I don't think it's good to tell people things they want to hear. This book is pretty blunt in some places and isn't embellished or too flowery, which I think is ideal for the massive teen/young adult market for this genre. However, I recognised that it is quite uncomfortable for young people to seek books like this and I know it can be quite unnerving to stand in 'this section' of a bookshop. So I decided it would be nice to redesign the cover and a few of the title pages in a sensitive yet contemporary manner to attract the attention of the audience without making them feel uncomfortable. I think I have done this well, however it may be a bit too gender-specific as I can't really see it attracting as much male attention as female.
I also changed the format from a big bulky book to a smaller, handbag sized version so it is more convenient for transportation.