Over the two years, I was able to combine my love of design with my passion for climbing... the result being the 2019 edition of the New Brunswick Guide to Climbing.
About two years ago, my friend and then-roommate, Dom Caron, approached me about designing an updated edition to his 2013 Guide to New Brunswick Climbing. I accepted this project with great excitement; it was an opportunity to marry my love of design with my passion for climbing. This wasn't going to be a simple layout project, either. Being a climber, I had a higher stake in the result. I wanted a book that would be beyond beautiful; it needed to be intuitive and easy to read, taking the best practices from other guidebooks that I've used, and discarding those pretty yet inconvenient design choices.
There were two specific requirements for this project, to make it more interesting:
After the initial discovery session, I began my research by examining different methods employed by other guidebooks, discussing local climbers' needs, and reflecting upon my own personal experience with the 2013 version. The people I spoke to were experienced, well-traveled, and had vastly different perspectives on what the ideal guidebook would be like.
This exploration, research, and personal experience made the actual design process smooth and fast. The author did a magnificent job of taking my template and turning it into a wonderful product. For some sections where the template wouldn't work (the introduction, certain ads), I took great joy in applying a more artistic flair.
If you want to learn more about my process, or want to find out how to get a copy for yourself, drop me a line!