Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Time Made Visible

This is a book designed by Neil Donnelly, a recent graduate student in Yale's graphic design program. The book documents the thesis presentations of a group of graduate design degree candidates. Each photograph in the book is sized according the the length of time it was visible in an individual's presentation. 1 second = .5 square inches. The resulting foredge of the book is subtly striking and thought provoking.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Canada Type

I've been doing some research on type for an upcoming wedding invitation I'm designing and printing letterpress, and came across the stunning digital typography of Canada Type. They often revive mid twentieth century faces, which is perfect for my client's taste. What I love about many of their faces is how many alternates they create. Where a typical digital font might contain 250 or so glyphs, some typefaces from Canada Type include 650 glyphs. Each capital might have 3 or 4 variations. The effect is killer--a single word could have many different iterations, simply by swapping out a letter for one of its alternate forms. As much as we all love metal type, the flexibility of digital type and printing with photopolymer or metal plates give a letterpress printer so many options.

See the above font called Memoriam. With those thin hairlines, I think this could look great printed with the letterpress and I can't wait to try it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Jennie Nayton

Cut paper photographs, books and installations by Australian artist Jennie Nayton. You can see more of her work on her Flickr photostream. Her artist's book pictured here Smoke Unfolding is in the collection of the State Library of Queensland which has the largest publicly accessible collection of artist's books in Australia. Photos published with permission from the artist.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wood Veneer Books

Custom books by Shelter Bookworks. Sewn boards binding with birch veneer covers. Terrarium and cinderblock not included.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Scenografi -- Nieves Books

I ran across these images from Nieves Books on the making of their latest edition Scenografi. It is a book that consists of outtakes from a film by Annika Larsson and Samuel Nyholm. The edition was handbound using the intensely colored perfect binding method shown here. View page spreads (thank you, Nieves) at their websites and more from their Flickr photo stream. Images used with permission.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts

Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) is an organization formed by Emily K. Larned of Red Charming and Bridget Elmer of Flatbed Splendor to promote the making of experimental or conceptual work through the use of obsolete technology. Their mission is "As many hours as it takes." ILLSA will be producing a quarterly publication (with obsolete technology), and you can get the first installment, and become a member here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Festival of Endless Gratitude

My work is in this group show in Copenhagen. Alas, I did not have time to take a picture of the work itself, but I was very pleased with the format I came up with and will be making more work like it in the future. For the past year I have been thinking about book hybrids--the piece I sent can be displayed like a book or hung on the wall.