Hybrid

A hybrid is the combination of two or more different things, aimed at achieving a particular objective or goal. 

In deciding the title/topic of the book, I considered to work on the kind of books that only few people would read. So I have chosen to produce a book about ‘ astronomy ‘. The book is aimed to attract those who dislike or are tired and scared of reading wordy books or content with series of theories and descriptions, as well as to attract people in their first sight and get them interested in the subject.

The book is specially bound, like a telescope with an ‘eyepiece’ (a transparent hole) at the front cover, which the book can be pulled apart and readers can look through the eyepiece. In between the book, it is hollow which acts like a series of frames. There are pages of photo films – pictures of stardust or star clusters printed on clear acetate, which the reader can insert the films to or remove from the book. As the book is purposed to be read in the dark, there is another transparent hole at the book back cover which is used for the lighting setup. The lighting was set for illumination like the moonlight. The number of films inserted or overlapping of the films can affect the amount of light that pass through the films creating different effects, such as the darkness of the universe, the amount of star clusters that can be seen and the stars in layers with different distance. 

Overall, the book works to offer a ‘genuine’ experience to the reader so as to raise their interest in astronomy initially. It combines a number of elements involving astronomy within the book, i.e. telescope, night scene of the universe with stars, etc. With only a small hole shown at the front cover, the idea of the design tends to gain people’s attention and curiosity to pick up the book and see what it is all about. I think it is always a good idea to start off looking at pictures or make things look more fun, and gradually trigger the people to start reading about the subject more in depth.

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