After trying square page layouts I have been experimenting with A6 size layouts instead as I felt like the previous square ones had felt bunched up and crowded. Feel that all of the following layouts work a lot better in respect to this because there in a better distribution of page objects and white space around them.
The above two although they do work well I feel that they would not work on the small A6 size page because of the size of the image in relation to the amount of text. The layout doesn’t leave enough room for the amount of text that is necessarily needed for a guide book. I also think that the text on the left hand side is getting slightly lost amongst the image and I feel that the typography needs to take more of an impact role on the page.
I feel like the above layout is working a lot better, there is a much better balance between image and type as well as allowing enough room for white space. I do feel however that because there is white space on the right hand page this should be mirrored on the left hand page with the image. I think that this would work a lot better if the image wasn’t a full bleed one and there was some white space around it.
I feel like both these layouts are a lot more successful. They would both be able to work together within the same booklet because they are based on the same layout grids. They also have enough white space on the page that means that the images and type do not feel crowded or become difficult to make sense of. Still need to carrying on developing these pages but I feel that the last two images are starting to be a lot more effective in their design and layout.