Posts Tagged ‘pages’

Making the book

May 31, 2010

 some photos from the books creation


Creating the pages for my book

May 31, 2010

More creating and making……… Star Glow Reflective paint, spray paint and velcro

Making, Creating and Experimenting

May 31, 2010


Experimentation: screen printing, stencils and more

May 16, 2010


Wieden & Kennedy Book

May 11, 2010

In my Survey Monkey questionnaire, two responses given to questions about designers/studios making unique books and the question about any unusual books that you know of, Wieden and Kennedy was mentioned in response.

So I started to look into any books that they had created and found this Wieden and Kennedy book.

“Designer Christin Spagnoli and copywriter Andrew Dickson traveled around the world to all seven W+K offices. They were tasked with creating a global book to be used for new business pitches, the press, and recruiting. They spent several days in each office learning about the work, absorbing the culture and trying to get a handle on what makes this place tick.”

You can see more images by clicking on the picture below. The pages look full of interesting images and there are some nice layouts to look at in terms of inspiration for the research book. I also like the black on black printing on one of the books pages.

“The result is the just-published Wieden+Kennedy, a story of who we are. It’s a book. With a smaller book inside it. And stickers of Dan and Dave. And a T-shirt iron-on of the rules. And a Tokyo Lab DVD. And a plus shaped data stick tucked into the back cover. Which connects to the digital experience which includes TV and interactive work, a global video and the brand new W+K blog destop widget.”

Hideki Nakajimi

April 27, 2010

Hideki Nakajimi was a name mentioned by a group presenting some of their resources for the format book.

Below was a collaboration between Japanese designer Hideki Nakajimi and designer Nivard Thoes. The 1,400 plus pages are side stitched (Japanese stab binding) and the book has no front or back. The book also uses some transparent pages.

Experimental Formats and Packaging

April 18, 2010

 God does this book relate to the research, you couldn’t really ask for much more. Definitely worth checking out! The book shows different topics related to experimental formats, making it full of interesting topics; binding, printing, materials, interaction, inform, formats, folding and so on.

“But while, for largely practical reasons, there has been a general trend towards uniformity and slick consistency in the physical production of published materials, alongside has run a healthy tradition for experiment with the printed form- experiment with stucture, shape, materials, function- creating pieces of print which stand out on their physical merits alone.”

I have picked out a few different pieces of work:

‘Do’ by KesselsKramer

This is a coverless book for the productless brand. The cover is a shrink wrapped piece of polythene with the type screenprinted onto it. Once the plastic has been wripped, the cover has been destroyed. 

‘I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now’ by Jonathon  Barnbrook

Somewhere between an artists monograph and a children’s playbook. The book involves pop-ups and moveable functions.


This is an arts and media journal. Involves hole punched pages and work that has been put through the shredder.

‘Jacqueline Rabum’

A book created for a jewellery designer who works solely in silver and white gold and always uses a small hole somewhere on the piece. No images or text appear in the entire book. each page is printed in a different shade of silver.

‘La Favola Delle Favole’

Produced as a children’s book, it is bound by two bulldog clips allowing the pages to be removed and reshuffled. The idea behind the book is to let the child’s imagination run free and create their own stories and drawings. The book is made up of unfinished drawings, coloured pages, pages with shapes cut into them and textured materials.

‘Made in Italy’

The simple brochure uses string that is threaded through the spreads. As the pages are turned the stirng is pulled tight. The use of string is based on a greek mythology, where following the string Theseus found the oute out of the labyrinth and the road to success.

‘Tod Versuche Mich’

On first inspection this would appear to have a normal cover, however when you switch off the lights the book has a luminescent glow, so the radioactive quality of the cover is revealed.

“No furniture so charming as books” averred the essayist Sudney Smith.

FingerPrint by Chen Design Associates

April 17, 2010

 FingerPrint; The Art of Using Handmade elements in Graphic Design. So as you can guess this book is right up my street. I scanned just a few pieces of work from it that I feel relate to the project and to my research.

The book is really helpful as it tells you the materials and the processes used for the different pieces of work, which to me I feel is one of the most useful things to be shared with viewers. This way we do not have to be left in wonderment on how the hell the different designer actually created the different designs. Also I want to use a range of processes and materials for my own work, so it is great to have all these different examples to relate to and be able to see what you can actually produce using the different materials and processes.

Meat Club Cookbook. It relates to my research as I am not only going to create a book but one of the ideas for a book is for it to be a craft book (this idea was inspired by Darren). So the work is in relation to a craft book by the sewing created on the front cover. All of the artwork for the book was created on fabric and then scanned directly onto a flatbed scanner. I like this style as I like the different look and the great textures created by he fabric, this is like my Okido work where I did all of the gameboards and childrens book on material.

Luanne Martineau Catalog. Again I like the material element to this catalog. The knitted wrap around the outside relates to the artists style or work, which involve hand-labor-intensive works.

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. Kevin Carroll uses letterpress and lithography to create a book full of texture and natural materials.

Reduce Waste book. The pages of this book were printed on one thousand posters that were undistributed due to poor timing. They worked with existing materials to extend their life cycle. Here I like the recycled element to the book and how materials have been re-used instend of wasted.

The Bridge Fund Annual Report. A first look the book seems to be a simple two colour text narrative but once you tear the perforated signatures, it reveals beautiful four colour imagery of the people, places and results of The Bridge Fund’s work. I love this factor of revealing a surprise in the design, it creates a lot of interest and awe.

Just because I have chosen to show these pieces of work, it doesn’t mean to say that the others are not of interest, use, or inspiring to me, they definitely are. I will be relating back to them later in the project as my ideas develop more and the project moves on to the next phase but at the moment we are just gathering the research, so a final topic has not been decided.

Smart Inks

April 16, 2010

Just the other week when researching I came across an Internet page on smart inks. They showed two books, one that had designs created with thermochromic inks and the other with phosphorescent ink.

They involve great ideas, beautiful designs and are so interesting and different. The fact that part of the design is actually being hidden and how the book feels as though it comes alive is brilliant. It also involves the element of surprise and gradual revealing, which always keeps the reader/viewer entertained and drawn to the book.  

I felt great that I had found out about these inks and started to try and find out more but obviously you just end up finding out that they are very expensive. I went on several print companies Internet pages and even emailed one to find out if they used smart inks, with still having know reply. So it wasn;t obvious that alot of these print companies used these smart inks. So even though I realised that I would probably be unable to ever use these inks it was great that I found out about them for the purpose of inspiration and ideas generation. They could have potentially been a greta idea for my FMP book. But never give up.

These are the two books that the blog showed:

The egg book uses thermochromic ink. The baby birds are hidden in the egg, until the reader places there hand over the egg, warming it up and therefore revealing the baby birds.

This is the second book; Spot Nocturnal Animals. The cover is blank and the inside pages only have animal footprints on, that is in the daylight. Until at night the book reveals the nocturnal animals as the pages come to life.

This is the link to the blog page, definitely worth having a look: