cover of Making Water Machines book

Making Water Machines

This is the fourth book Ioana designed and illustrated for Iridescent, and the second one published. Having worked together with Iridescent for years on children’s science content projects, she was able to author the visual direction of the book and push for the inclusion of the educational reference content, with particular affinity for history and the larger perspective of individual lessons.
The design of the book is based on the idea of a collage of educational material. This was born out of the need to tie the visual content together as the activity photos were of a variety of colors. But it is also based on the desire to make it fun for children to look through. As the book contains advanced science and engineering information, the design intends to visually stimulate, raising curiosity to learn more.

Book Design

Graphic Design, Illustration, & Some Content

Dimensions

115 pages, 7.5″ x 9.25″

For

Iridescent & ONR (US Navy’s Office for Naval Research)

Translations

Haciendo Máquinas Acuáticas, Spanish, 2014
This is the fourth book Ioana designed and illustrated for Iridescent, and the second one published. Having worked together with Iridescent for years on children’s science content projects, she was able to author the visual direction of the book and push for the inclusion of the educational reference content, with particular affinity for history and the larger perspective of individual lessons.
submarine intro, Making Water Machines book
make pages, streamline chapter, Making Water Machines book
make pages, streamline chapter, Making Water Machines book
submarine play activity and real world use, Making Water Machines book
The fonts used cater to the transitional age group between kindergarten and high school for which the book is very generally intended, combining a sketchy font with a more serious, and more legible, humanist/friendly font for the text.
The design of the book is based on the idea of a collage of educational material. This was born out of the need to tie the visual content together as the activity photos were of a variety of colors. But it is also based on the desire to make it fun for children to look through.
fluid pressure intro, Making Water Machines book
portraits of scientists Venturi, Patek, Von Braun and Bernoulli, Making Water Machines book
mantis shrimp amplifying power intro, Making Water Machines book
As the book contains advanced science and engineering information, the design intends to visually stimulate, raising curiosity to learn more.
hydrofoil intro, Making Water Machines book
make pages, hydrofoil, Making Water Machines book
make pages, hydrofoil, Making Water Machines book
make pages, hydrofoil, Making Water Machines book
angle of attack play activity and real world use, hydrofoil, Making Water Machines book
Blank pages which are meant to be filled in are not left entirely blank, but provide some encouragement for sketching. Warm and vivid colors are used throughout in larger family groups that relate to one another. No one chapter has the same colors.
The fonts used cater to the transitional age group between kindergarten and high school for which the book is very generally intended, combining a sketchy font with a more serious, and more legible, humanist/friendly font for the text.
Newton's law of action reaction in spinning sprinkler intro, Making Water Machines book
portraits of scientists, Hanlon, Dabiri, Torricelli, and Heron of Alexandria, Making Water Machines book
octopus camouflage mechanism intro, Making Water Machines book
Ioana conducted her own research for the scientific illustrations and diagrams, though the client served as advisor.
Blank pages which are meant to be filled in are not left entirely blank, but provide some encouragement for sketching. Warm and vivid colors are used throughout in larger family groups that relate to one another. No one chapter has the same colors.
jet power intro, Making Water Machines book
make pages, jet power, Making Water Machines book
make pages, jet power, Making Water Machines book
jet power play exercise and real world use, Making Water Machines book
Ioana conducted her own research for the scientific illustrations and diagrams, though the client served as advisor.
vortex powered jellyfish intro, Making Water Machines book
portraits of scientists Techtet, Archimedes, Drebbel, and Jacques Cousteau, Making Water Machines book
octopus suction cups intro, Making Water Machines book

Work/Credits

Book Design, Illustrations, Reference Content (image curating & text): Ioana Urma. Text: Paige Teamy. Science Advisors: Sheila Patek & Suzanne Cox. Reference Image Authors: See book. Activity Photos: Heather D’Augustine, Mariana Rutigliano, & Cristiano Meira. Edited by: Tara Chklovski.