Inside Ubi Workshop – Assassin’s Creed Encyclopedia Second Edition
7:38 pm by Xavier
Hi Elise, can you present yourself in a couple of words?I have been living in Montreal for 6 years now. I studied Graphic Design at UQAM. I worked for several years as a freelancer in several agencies and 3 years at Double-Echo. Double Echo worked closely with Ubi Workshop on the first edition of the Encyclopedia, I was lucky enough to be a part of the gig. When Ubi Workshop launched the project for the second edition, I couldn’t resist and joined them at their HQ to be a part of the team.
What is your work on the Encyclopedia?My work is to choose and create graphical elements that compose the book according to creation guidelines and brand visual identity: pick the right fonts, graphical elements, define right sizes… Once those choices are made, I start the book layout: find the right pictures and texts to combine them according to our design decisions. It is the best part for me as I see it as a game of combination, a kind of Lego bricks you pick and glue. You have to create a graphical balance which will give readers the natural reading flow between texts and illustrations. I have to be sure that all elements are in the right place.
What’s the best part of your job?The best part is to be able to finalize a project which several persons worked on during many months. It is great to see their reaction once they see the final pages combined with all the elements they produced. It is like the project slowly becomes alive. And it is even greater once you finally have the book in your hands!
What was the hardest part of your job?There was no real hard part during the production process. Sometimes, I worked several hours to combine elements and find the right layout to learn that I can no longer use a specific artwork. I had to start over… but it comes with the job.