The Design Concept of Gunung Padang Prehistoric Stones Photo Book with Exploration Grid

Winny Gunarti Widya Wardani, Wulandari Wulandari, Syahid Syahid

Abstract


Gunung Padang is a site from the Megalithic era. The Archaeological Team from Universitas Indonesia purposes Gunung Padang as a world heritage to the UN-UNESCO. This site is part of Sundaland, a place of extinct Nusantara civilization. It is located in the Karyamukti Village, Cianjur Regency, West Java, Indonesia. This study aims to communicate this site through the design of photo books as a visual communication medium that conveys messages through picture language. This study seeks to present a picture of prehistoric stones on the site through the concept of photo book design with the genre of still life, which is to enliven the picture of inanimate objects through elements of the design of the photo book using exploration grids, a layout that emphasizes creativity to the space of expression and imagination. The descriptive qualitative research method was used to discuss the concept of the Gunung Padang Site photo book design as a photographic work of art. The description uses a semiotics approach to visual communication that refers to the stages of the creative process of photo books which include the stages of brainstorming, sorting, sequencing, layout, binding, including the concept of illustrations, color, and typographic. The design concept of prehistoric site photo book is to highlight the power of visual signs and to inspire the public about cultural messages. This research can also be a reference in the field of photography creativity, while adding insight to educators and students in the field of  visual communication design.


Keywords


Design concept, photo book, still life, exploration grid.

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