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PRINT: Living With Less


Researched, wrote, designed, and hand-bound an entire book of stories about living small.

LIVING SMALL BOOK

6 weeks | Print | Indesign

PROCESS

I interviewed three parties: Raya Leary, who rented a tiny home, Ricky Niemi, who owned, and Laurence Piché and Cédric Landry, who built their home. With each, I had a conversation about why they decided to live small, how they create storage, how they decorate, and much more. I organized those candid answers into chapters to create the backbone of my book, with extra resources and case studies tucked in throughout.

 

 

Why?

I've always been inspired by efficient living. Having limits is really where creativity can do its magic. I love modular furniture that can transform from a dining table into shelves, the ingenious ways that people create storage room, and the design tricks that make a small room look spacious. Tiny homes are a whole lot of creativity condensed into a tiny space.

After doing some research, I realized that there were a million self-help articles and guides about how to live small and live simpler. I wanted to take a more personal approach that really dove into what it was like to live small.


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Each interviewee was assigned a color that helped the reader distinguish the individual stories. This is one of the introductory spreads.

Instead of having individual, undivided interviews, the content into chapters like "creating storage," "organizing stuff," "working the space," and this chapter, which discusses how each interviewee stumbled upon living small because of the cost and environmental benefits.

Instead of having individual, undivided interviews, the content into chapters like "creating storage," "organizing stuff," "working the space," and this chapter, which discusses how each interviewee stumbled upon living small because of the cost and environmental benefits.

In each chapter, each person's input related to that topic was set in their unique color.

In each chapter, each person's input related to that topic was set in their unique color.

It's important to see visual examples. Images of the interviewees and their homes are scattered throughout the book.

It's important to see visual examples. Images of the interviewees and their homes are scattered throughout the book.

Each interviewee has a case study in which they describe something unique. For example, Cédric and Laurence discussed how they actually built their own tiny home, whereas the other two bought or rented.

Each interviewee has a case study in which they describe something unique. For example, Cédric and Laurence discussed how they actually built their own tiny home, whereas the other two bought or rented.

These case studies take the shape of a tiny booklet, where readers can choose to dive into this mini-story or skip over it until later.

These case studies take the shape of a tiny booklet, where readers can choose to dive into this mini-story or skip over it until later.

Infographics in the form of foldouts are also scattered throughout the book, with information ranging from infographics on environmental impact to guide books for small living. 

Infographics in the form of foldouts are also scattered throughout the book, with information ranging from infographics on environmental impact to guide books for small living.