So I had a fun weekend launching my book Colin the Cloud with author Clare Nasir at the Science Museum, we had a great crowd and some crazy kids screaming along with us. We had a little drawing session prior to the reading, and the children seemed to really enjoy it. I had a few come up to after and asked me about their drawings and stuff which was cool! And we managed to sell out of all the books we took down!
But this week it was back to normality (well…), and back into work. However! The guys at Vivid had been banging on at me to bring my tortoise Gary in…so yesterday I did! I don’t think I’ve ever felt more of a weirdo than I did on a busy sardine packed train with a tortoise and people staring at me! But it was all fun in the end everyone was pleased to meet Gaz and he had free roam of the studio plus the lovely Abi visits us on Wednesday - so Gary made a new friend and we all sat down together and read through Colin!
You can’t buy Gary, but you can buy Colin righttttttt here!
And there’s another launch tonight at Waterstones in Wilmslow, theres drinks (fruit shoots) and canapés (lunchables), check their twitter for more information.
You can also read more about Abi and her adventures here
Friday Banana says hello to everyone around the world #eatyofruit #bananas #typography #type #banana #design #illustration
#10secondtype worked up from last nights manic inky splats @tsyno_
@tsyno_ is collecting type made in 10 seconds join in! I’ve gone all inky….I might have to wait more than 10 seconds for it to dry but I’ll digitise it soon as @tashwillcocks #10secondtypeface #typography
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This is my botched attempt at making it into a hardback…total massive fail…this is were I went massively wrong and the whole project went down the pan…I got all my pages ready…I had a couple of illustrations left to do…but I needed to write up all the content so I went back and did all my research which took flipping ages…a lot longer than I’d expected…so I was massively behind…which is when time started running out so I either had the choice to take what I had get it all printed and and make it into a brilliant little hardback book…or I could carry on with the spreads and finish those off…I chose the bastard book…it started out ok I got all the bits and bobs from Ratchfords in stockport - a guy called mike there was amazing with me he gave me a grand tour of their massive warehouse, introduced me to all the staff then grabbed a price list and walked round with me helping me pick stuff out so I left all confident like this was going to be the best book ever…I’ve got all the gear I’ve made a book binding buddy I can’t lose………………..I lost, started off from when I picked up the pages which weren’t not what I was expecting, I’d asked for extra sets but only got one so it was all or nothing…it started off great all my coptic stitches were neat and tidy I cut the grey board and clothes that pretty well…then I stuck the thing in and I quickly realised the paper and glue reacted badly together and I cut my boards wrong…so I just ended up with a complete mess and I couldn’t even hide it in a dust cover because I’d made a poor choice of paper for that and it that looked and felt rubbish…so complete massive mistake…which has highlighted how badly I’ve done on this project.
I’m not letting this defeat me though…I’ve got all the gear know and one day I’ll be dangerous at making books!
Finals for the bio pages, I scrapped the headline and went in favour of having the names larger in the scribbles. The idea is that as you scan it the real interesting parts of the text jump out at you so your know what your going to read. I have based all this on on something I’ve seen…but it’s in my head from ages ago I can’t remember who it’s by and I can’t find it…not that that particularly helps…but I wanted to completely fill the page…and get it just close enough to the edge that it was still safe when it was cut down so these are really the best in terms of showing what I really wanted…I think thats something I’d struggled to do looking back now I could have put some fake text around it that was meant to be cut off but so it looked completely full. Also looking at these now they look really square I should of let them flow over the page (these are DPS) but I needed to project the content…it’s a visual thing but also thats all the stuff I want people to read and it parts of it are hidden in the creep then thats no good. I’ve tried to keep the type as free flowing as possible…in the previous post of these I had a placeholder type that was a bit more controlled which I didn’t feel matched the style I was going for so with these I just went as fast through them as I could…doing multiple versions of each one until I got the best one…working that rather than sitting down and planning managed to capture more what I wanted and sort of more true to how these guys would of worked. I’d chosen a brush pen as well for a look really but also you get these nice uneven lines that agin further stop you from having too much control so it all looks more messed up. I also included on these pages a little glossary explaining what certain things in there meant…I picked the ones that weren’t featured one the atom pages which delve deeper into the scientific history of experiments and theories without becoming science lessons. Because this isn’t a science book it’s a history book and it’s a celebrations of these blokes who thought outside the box who didn’t do things the right way…because if they had done they wouldn’t have come up with the thing they did…thats what I’ve tried to do here…is not think about the rules and try and work in a way you wouldn’t expect and give it that edge…these were guys who were mavericks who created ideas and changed things in ways and outraged the physicist’s before them…they were changing and discrediting everything they had done…they’d changed the laws of what they held dear…these weren’t boring scientist these were rebels…unapologetic, egotistical and didn’t care about working within the rules and they were prepared to fight for their crazy ideas…I think the type makes steps to capture that…however now all I see is the guides I worked within and really I need to sort that out…
So I got all the boxes drawn up…I decided that they’d look better with a 3D’ish box so they didn’t look like they sat so flat against the environment…I tried them without the lines because I felt they looks too artificial against what is real light I wish I could of worked out a way to make the transition maybe of had them glowing and faded out in the flat white line. As well I have really badly thought this through…I got onto the last one and realised that if I’d taken the photos different I could have left space for them to shoot out so they felt more involved with the environment..I think the first (orange) worked the best as well because I’d had that space. I think I’ve lost the essence of the photos as well but I’d committed to this style and I think it would of looked odd if I’d changed it just on these pages.