This Series Will Encourage You to Read

In times when traveling is forbidden, there is a certain form of travel that is still permissible, encouraged even. We’re talking, of course, about the power reading has to transport you to a different place altogether. Multidisciplinary communication designer, Todd Watts, knows best.

In his viral book series, Watts uses books as sources of inspiration, and as actual material, from which his paper sculptures sprout out from. “I wanted to create a visual representation of some of my favorite books,” he relayed in an interview with A’ Design Award and Competition’s blog. “Paper-craft seemed the perfect medium to achieve this.”

“I wanted to challenge myself with a passion project using paper craft to elevate my favorite stories into surreal and imaginative works of art,” he went on to explain. “I wanted to create a conversation and a guessing game between the viewer of the art and the books they represented.”

His creative idea also encourages others to open a book and enter another world. “The entire project is representing the power of reading,” said Watts, adding that there’s an extra layer of intimacy when it comes to paperback books. According to him, in a digital world it’s becoming harder to dedicate time to the classic paperback but reading from screens makes us read slower, learn less deeply, remember less and sleep worse. “This is why students prefer to print out their electronic textbooks,” he says. “This is ‘The Power of the Paperback’.”

You might just be inspired to do the same!