Am I late to the party here? I just noticed today that McNally Jackson on Spring St has a mega gizmo in store that prints high quality paperbacks on demand in minutes. Can be anything from the public domain. Or your own work– and they’ve got a design team ready to help with everything from cover art to typesetting. Um– whoa!?! How cool is that? Well, that’s one way to fight the Kindle. Read more…
A friend sent me this video. It’s kind of unbelievable. It’s like a big brick road zipper. Amazing.
There was some good work at ICFF this year. Not a lot, but some. But I definitely saw stuff that excited me. Here’s my best of. And I am deliberately starting with what I found most memorable and that is the work from O and G Studio in Rhode Island. These guys are doing beautiful traditional chairs and elements with proper and maybe even stronger joinery but with modern colors. I love that Atlantic Lowback chair. Beautiful proportions. It’s the real deal. In fact I saw a lot of traditional approaches and care for wood joinery at the show, seemingly all of it coming from former RISD students. Strong work. Regrettably I didn’t take pictures of any of it. There was good student work from University of Oregon. And then bits and pieces strewn throughout from many others. If you see something and need to know what it is, email me.
Friend and colleague Ed Morris of Canary Project has a piece in Metropolis online calling for more sustainable practices in the publishing industry and giving some examples and suggestions. The above image is from the back of Green Patriot Posters, a collection of posters promoting awareness and action on climate change that he and Dmitri Siegel published last year (and to which I contributed some work). The Green Patriot book was itself a strong effort to print more sustainably as its back cover indicates. Ed is a great voice for environmental awareness and I hope the powers that be in the paper publishing industry are listening. With costs for digital production means down and costs for traditional printing rising, it’s their game to lose.