My master degree thesis project in Building Engineering and Architecture at Università di Pisa is about the urban and territorial regeneration of Larderello and the Val di Cecina, Tuscany.
One thing I knew from the very beginning: full spread pictures, charts and renders would have been the heart of this project, so I needed a binding that would allow to fully open the book without loosing any millimeter of the images: the sandwich created by Massimo Vignelli was perfect.
Two layers of 3mm naked cardboard with a filling of 204 180x300mm digitally printed pages of wonderful Fedrigoni Oikos 115gsm paper.
Set the container, the font: Grilli Type's GT Walsheim with its round, geometric and fresh shapes was perfect for the job.
Than the layout: optimizing the maximum dimension of printing area for one sheet of paper on the proportion of the cartography I made of the area of study, I ended up choosing a 180x300 mm final format, single-columned with a lot of white space around the text box; I used a 4 column underlying grid to organize content and images.
The baseline grid is set at 7,5pt, using for the body a 11pt Light and for the headings a 13pt and 15pt GT Walesheim Bold.
I used Google Docs to write the thesis, linking the document to InDesign with DocsFlow by Em Software: this allowed me to continuously update my .indd with the correct copy.
This wonderful printing and binding job has been done by Bandecchi & Vivaldi in Pontedera, thanks to the great support of Alex. I printed 9 copies: three with black cover for my family, three with gray cover for me and my boy, three with ivory cover for the relators.
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