Ribbon, designed by Dan Gneiding, is a lovely and cautiously ornate typeface sold by Lost Type under their “pay what you want” model. Except that if you pay $30 or more you get one of the most fun and nicely crafted type specimens I have seen in a while. Printed in two vibrant colors, Dan and his guest designers bring to life Ribbon in a way that makes you pay not just what you want but what Dan deserves.
There were a few cost saving devices which, when used in a unique way, ended up adding character and value to the book, not taking away.
Most notably is probably the binding. Side stitching with staples can end up looking like a last minute business meeting had out. Elongating the ‘spine’ and having a die-cut window wrap around the edge turned what could have looked like cheap binding into a more considered, deliberate solution. It also allowed for an orange bleed to be printed on each page hidden in the spine which creates the illusion of edging in the die-cut window.
The cover was left unprinted and hand embossed after the books were printed and bound. We used an custom plate in an extra long reach desk top embosser.
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Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
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The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.
The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.
Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.
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Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
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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.