L'Arc~en~Ciel: CHANSONS

Layout Design | Publication

This task had to focus on how we utilized our grid systems into a large publication. The subject matter was up to us. It could be a lyric book, poem collection, story book, scrapbook, or coffee table book. I chose to make a translation lyric book of one of the most recognized bands in Japan, L’Arc~en~Ciel. It includes a list of 24 songs that I compiled together as the “best-of-the-best”. Because they are a Japanese band there would be the original Japanese lyrics then an English translation after.

One thing I wanted to do was to play with crossing the gutter in this publication, you can see this heavily on the Bio pages and the spreads that correspond with each band member. There are also two repeating motifs throughout the piece, the “/” mark and the bundle of boxes at various sizes and widths.

On each song page is the number the song is on the list, the songs name, lyrics - in English and Japanese, an illustration that corresponds with the songs meaning, a pull quote, my interpretation of the song, and whether the song appears as a single or in an album.

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Cover

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Table Of Contents

Part of the image jumps over the gutter giving both pages connectivity with imagery.

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book About The Band

The “/” mark helps establish hierarchy in titles and acts as a separation line.

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Band Member Bio

Lines break up the image to give it an edgy feel, the bands bio images also jump the gutter, making this a dynamic spread.

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Band Member Photoshoot

Multiple images of the band members give the viewer a better understanding of their personality.

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Song Spread One

The concept to add a darker and blurred version of the artwork behind the information is to immerse the viewer into the publication.

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Song Spread Two

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Song Countdown Break Spread

Sometimes we need a break, and these images are intermissions throughout the book to rest your eyes, it also plays with both motifs to create some interesting decorations.

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Song Spread Three

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Song Spread Four

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Song Spread Five

L'Arc~en~Ciel Chansons Book Song Spread Six