Second Thoughts - Editorial Design

  • Second Thoughts: A Kid Living With ADHD.
    Second Thoughts is a book written and designed by Jacob Ham, based around his personal experiences with ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. It was never meant to be a book, it started as a way to vent, but he got addicted. He found it therapeutic, so he created a book, written from different angles, his debut book, Second Thoughts, combines the idea of following an impulse with intuition. He basically used it to put some of his worst fears out in the open, including the fear of writing, which is totally ironic.

    Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    Page Count: 142 Pages
    Paperback & Kindle

  • The book was themed around using small annotations and random doodles to create various distractions, creating the feeling of what it's like to have ADHD. The purpose was to help people understand how the brain of someone has it works. Every page is unique and links directly to the mood. When things are positive, there is less going on, but when it's negative, it's all over the place. The cover and inside of the book is based on the misconception of how people feel. The outside is bright and energetic, showing what people think ADHD is. The inside is dark and gloomy, showing how it actually feels.

    Originally this book was based on HyperFocus, another project that tackled ADHD, which acted as some personal inspiration to further develop the colour palette, illustration style and typography settings. All sketches were drawn on paper, then redeveloped digitally by using a Wacom Tablet. 

  • Publisher: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing 
    Writing: Jacob Ham
    Design: Jacob Ham
    Cover and formatting: Jacob Ham
    Typefaces: Harfang Black, Harfang Regular and Roboto Regular

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