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BROWSE


Lead Image

Family Recipes

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Production Method

Inkjet

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Design

Simon P. Coyle

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Printing

Simon P. Coyle

Although FPO doesn’t usually feature one-off projects, this mahogany-covered recipe book was too beautiful to pass up. Elevating simple inkjet prints with exquisite binding and wood creates an heirloom piece begging to be touched, read, and remembered.  

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Client

Self


Quantity Produced

1


Production Cost

$200


Production Time

2 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)


Page Count

100


Paper Stock


Number of Colors

Digital

Varnishes


Binding

Hand-stitched coptic bind


Typography

DaunPenh
Kokila

 


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Project Description

Fear is a great motivator, and in this case it was the fear of wedding day disappointment if I didn't come through. Also the fear of a severe beating around the head and neck by a coworker armed with a stress ball.

Family Recipes was a gift from two sisters to their brother on his wedding day, intended as a collection of recipes and reminiscences from their family and friends all over the world. One of the sisters, a Project Manager at Lush Concepts, asked if I could lay everything out and send it off to Blurb or wherever.

I think I believe that objects become imbued with the amount of love, craft and effort which is put into them, and sending something so personal to a digital printing place didn't seem right. Instead, I did the printing, scoring, tearing, folding and stitching myself, as well as sanding, staining and drilling the mahogany covers. It wasn't completely altruistic - I'd been wanting to make a book with wooden covers for ages, and this was the perfect opportunity.

It all came together, just in time. At the wedding, there were smiles and tears - mostly due to the thoughtfulness of the content rather than the book itself of course, but still. The majority of design, especially digital, is ephemeral, and it's a rare honour to have a hand in creating something of permanence and meaning.

Production Lesson(s)

The biggest issue was the stitching. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably drill bigger holes in the mahogany covers in order to use a heavier thread. I'd also go slower with the needles — controlling four at the time is no easy task, especially when you're in a hurry.”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

November 15, 2012

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About UnderConsideration

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


online

Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.

Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

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

Speak Up (2002 – 2009) / Discussing, and looking for, what is relevant in, and the relevance of, graphic design. Archives Only.

Word It (2003 – 2010) / Encouraging creative diversity in the community through monthly, one-word challenges. Archives Only.

Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.

graphic design

Department of Design / Designing corporate and brand identities and full development of printed and digital matter for clients.

publishing

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.

Events & Judged Competitions

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.

Brand New Awards / Celebrating the best identity work produced around the world.

FPO Awards / Celebrating the best print work from around the world.

Writing

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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