Sleeping Beauty – word play


This is a ‘square flexagon’  book-form that turns in a never-ending sequence of four pairs of words,  telling the tale of Sleeping Beauty. I wanted to know if it was possible to tell the whole story in pairs of words only. Familiarity with the tale is a key component in successfully referencing and communicating this narrative.


The sets of words above were explored initially in the context below. The idea is that they can be read in several different sequences, yet still make sense. Herbert Bayer’s ‘square span’ theory was influential in this layout.

I also laid it out using letterpress, which prompted further decisions regarding typeface, italics and font size that felt quite different to the experience of laying it out digitally.



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