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Checking In Checking Out


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Nancy Bernardo



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Chris Schaberg and Mark Yakich created as an initiative to elevate the concept of airplane reading beyond throwaway entertainment. This tiny, two-sided travel companion contains one flight-related story by each author and flips upside down so your plane doesn’t have to.  



Chris Schaberg + Mark Yakich

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4 Weeks

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Matte on cover


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Mrs. Eaves

This piece is available for purchase for $10 (Plus Shipping + Handling)

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Project Description

This is a two-sided book that aims to rejuvenate airplane reading. One side, Checking In, relates behind-the-scenes stories of an ex-employee of United Airlines (2001-2003) at the Gallatin Field Airport outside Bozeman, Montana. The other side, Checking Out, tells the story of one man's lifelong efforts to cure a fear of flying. With sincerity and irreverence, Checking In / Checking Out wrestles with issues of travel, work, technology, security, faith, reading, writing, and parenthood. Ultimately, the book opens up a space between the two sides, like a parallax, in which readers can become more mindful of their own experiences of air travel.

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One of the more challenging things was deciding how to best show 2 similar yet different stories. We decided a 'cat dog' set up would work the best. Essentially the book has 2 front covers, when flipped over it's the other story so that it functions like a separate book for each story. We also had to decide what to do with the bar code. I wanted to try and fit the bar code in seamlessly and since the cover was extremely layered it felt as though I could tuck the bar code in within the design. What ended up happening was that the bar code became too small to scan. When this book is reprinted, I will most likely design it so the bar code goes on the inside of the front cover. I also wanted to consider how it would look on a shelf, and because the size is small the idea of using the emergency orange color made sens to help this little guy stand out.”

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Kelly Cree

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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October 17, 2012


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