HappyFish Design Style Gallery

O ur specialty is creating custom contemporary album designs that suit your sense of style that best represents you and your clients. We have found that it is really helpful to review different basic ‘styles’ to help pinpoint what YOU tend to lean towards or away from for what you would like to see in your albums with us. Perhaps it’s one style or a mix of a few styles. We’re listening!!



CLEAN WHITE NEGATIVE SPACE
This style uses clean white backgrounds, and a creative use of negative space – either liberally or to varying degrees depending on your taste. The focus is on the imagery 100% and the flow of the story. When photographers yearn for a ‘clean modern design’ this is the epitome of what that represents.


Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production
Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production


RICH + LAYERED

This is a very full feeling, layered style that typically leaves zero white negative space. The use of semi-translucent images or blocking is frequently employed in a tasteful way. This style must be done carefully or else you might get a rather outdated or ‘too busy’ feeling layout.


Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production

Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production


PANORAMIC + LARGER FULL BLEED IMAGES

Love big and bold? This style is just that. Very little to no negative space. Just the images maxed out. These designs are best with fewer images throughout so that they can shine. Quite often, we will mix this style with the ‘clean white negative space’ style for photographers as they go well together and create a more dynamic book from page to page.


Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production
Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production


 

USE OF CONCEPTUAL COLOR

Some photographers love to use some negative space, but some do not care for white background pages at all. We can go bold or subtle, the images and feel of the subject always governs how we use color to add interest throughout the flow of the book.

Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production
Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production


 

BLACK & WHITE CLASSIC

As I mentioned above, some photographers love white negative space, but certainly do not want it all white throughout the book, nor do they want ANY added color backgrounds. This is a simple design style that used black, white or both, in the backgrounds of the page layouts.

Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production

Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production


 

ORGANIC + CRAFTED* – ADDED MASKING, ELEMENTS ETC.

This is an extra special design style that is upon special request only due to the intensive nature of it’s application. We will talk about what you’re looking to achieve before I begin, sometimes we need to purchase special elements like papers, vectors etc. I love to use masks and treat image edges in different way, add in graphic elements and so on. This style is not suitable for every album project, really depends on the feel of the subject. Great for whimiscal or earthy weddings, children or family books. A LOT of fun. *special pricing may apply.


Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production

Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production


ADDED TEXT CONTENT

Text is often added on the first page as a way to add names and date. However, with this style category, sometimes a LOT more text is required as in documentary books, extensive vows, messages to family and so on. We will discuss this prior to beginning the project. *if really extensive, special pricing might apply.

Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production
Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production

 


MATTED ALBUMS – HYBRID or TRADITIONAL

Elegant and classic matted albums are very popular again right now. The latest greatest ones are the ‘DUO’ style or a ‘HYBRID’ method of using both flush pages AND matted pages together in one book. Matted albums without flush style pages are of course the mainstay as well for this type of book. These books have a lovely tactile feel and heft and you


Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production

Custom album design layouts by HappyFish Design and Post-Production

Do you have a project that you would like help with? We’d love to hear from you!