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Musical Futures

An entirely new way of teaching music in schools, documented in a single 'how-to' resources document.

Our design challenge was to create a single, visually engaging printed document that would be cheap to produce, robust enough to survive the rigours of the classroom, and engaging enough for busy teachers to want work through.

There was a huge amount of diverse source material. Our starting point to help our client to simplify that diversity into an integrated system. Once that framework was in place, we used colour, tabs and clear chapter dividers to guide the user through the content.

Accessibility was a key consideration so we used clear sans-serif type on an uncoated stock.

The whole (copyright cleared) document is spiral bound so the pages can be photocopied.

Paul Hamlyn : Musical Futures - Musical Futures cover

Just wanted to say thank for all your patience and hard work with this. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better-looking resource pack.
So thanks again, and I really hope we can work together again in the future!

Abigail D’Amore
Musical Futures Project Leader Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Musical Futures Pack front cover with a photo of a school locker interior
Back of the Musical Futures Pack showing the exposed binding detail.
Musical future front section spreads using full page colour images of people playing instruments
Musical futures middle section spreads showing tables on blue backgrounds
Musical Futures back section spreads with cut out black & white images

Paul Hamlyn : Musical Futures - Musical Futures spreads 3

We used full colour in the front section but the bulk of the content was printed in two colours. We worked with print suppliers to find the most economic ways to print sections in specific colours and use that colour to differentiate sections of content.

Paul Hamlyn : Musical Futures - Ocky Quote

A portrait of Ocky Murray, in black and white

The pack was enthusiastically received across the UK (with reprints ordered within weeks of the launch) and has proved so popular that it is being used and translated for many different countries, worldwide.

Ocky Murray

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