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Two Birds Press

Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

12 days

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

6.75 in. × 8.125 in.

Page Count


Paper Stock

Cover: Neenah Oxford Textured, Smoked, 100 lb. Cover
Branded Cover Page: Sappi Galerie Art Gloss, White, 100 lb. Gloss Cover
Body: Finch Opaque Vellum, Vanilla, 60 lb. Text
Label: Neenah Classic Crest, Natural White

Number of Colors

Opaque White (3 hits) + CMYK + 2 Spot colors (PMS 7531 and 3252)


Satin Aqueous


Double Wire-O


Parry by Artur Schmal


A simple item with various complicated details, including multiple paper stocks, different printing techniques and a tricky binding. This sketchbook caught my eye not only because of its perfect size, and the fact that the wire-o allows me to conveniently fold it over, but the paper color and the cover. Most sketchbooks tend to use white paper, or a more subtle cream color — I like the boldness of this vanilla tone. And the cover has a depth of texture and pattern derived from the use of a wrap-around label and three hits of opaque white ink:

I wanted the cover to be somewhat elegant and understated, and I knew I wanted to use a colored, textured stock to give it a nice tactile quality. The triple hit of white was not something I had done previously, but after consulting with Brad Scull from Yorke (the printer), it seemed a solution that would work with those two requirements, and the varying opacities of each pass gave the illustration some extra visual interest.

A successful goal that I will happily tote around in my bag.

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Wrap around sticker.---Two Birds Sketchbook ---Two Birds Sketchbook

Slots for a bookmark, and other personal items.---Two Birds Sketchbook ---Two Birds Sketchbook ---Two Birds Sketchbook

Detail of inside back cover slot where you can keep found items.---Two Birds Sketchbook ---Two Birds Sketchbook

Here you can see every item needed for this hidden binding, including the thicker cardboard that provides a sturdy weight to the back cover for easier use.---Two Birds Sketchbook

Triple hit of opaque white ink allows for various degrees of tone to create subtle changes in the pattern.


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Two Birds Sketchbook


Production Method



James Boborci, Emu Design Studio



Yorke Printe Shoppe
Bindery: Phoenix
Die Cutting: Intra-Cut
Label Production: MSA

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This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

August 18, 2009


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UnderConsideration is a graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events and judged competitions, and designs for clients.


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Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

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The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.

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Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.

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Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.

Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.

The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.

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