University of Sheffield: Portraits of Women

Every designer will tell you that if you have great images you are well underway in producing a great publication. So, you can imagine, we jumped at the chance when portrait photographer Anton Want asked us to design his publication for the University of Sheffield.

Anton was commissioned by the University to produce portraits of influential women at the University that were to go on display around the various campuses as well as within a book to commemorate the retirement of one of the senior members of staff.

The 72 page perfect bound book contains 30 portraits coupled with a brief resume of their work at the University.

We intentionally made the front cover clean, white and understated but introduced a little visual pun with the letter ‘Os’ which were silver blocked. To contrast this, the inside covers and flaps were screaming yellow and magenta from the University colour palette. The portraits themselves were full crop (crop a photographers work at your peril!) with some well crafted typography for the resume.

Anton said of the final book:

By collaborating with Ledgard Jepson on the design and production of the book we were able to bring their vast creative experience to The University of Sheffield Portrait of a Women project. Through the use of classical cover elements, alongside the internal use of bold colour we were able to produce something beautiful, elegant and functional whilst allowing the content space to breath. Everyone involved with the project was delighted with the finished book and it was seen as a fitting tribute to the inspirational women portrayed.

Front Cover

Front Cover

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