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Lead Image

XXX Spam Zine

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Production Method

Die-cut
Inkjet

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Design

Man Alive Creative

Art Direction, Design, and Layout by Tom Bejgrowicz

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Printing

Self

Turning spam into a more palatable dish, this watermelon-flavored zine will have you peeking through the glory hole again and again. We all can appreciate unintentional junk mail poetics, but it takes a hero to wrap it up right.  

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Client

Self-promotion


Quantity Produced

73


Production Cost

$290


Production Time

1 day

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)


Page Count

20 (incl. covers)


Paper Stock

65 lb. cover, 24 lb. text


Number of Colors

1

Varnishes


Binding

Saddle stitch


Typography

Paperback (House Industries)
Franchise (Derek Weathersbee)

 


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Project Description

For over 2 years, I checked my Spam folder for emails selling me erectile-dysfunction drugs, from lonely girls who want to chat, and pitching me secrets on how to hook-up with any woman I meet. More often than not, the titles of these emails were absurd, downright confusing, laughable or cringe-inducing.

Recently I found the time to focus on what I wanted to do with them, finally settling on a zine. The first issue, “Mine is Bigger,” is garishly printed across 20 pages of Brite Hue Ultra Fuchsia 65 lb. and Ultra Lime 24 lb. papers as an homage to the pornography industry’s lurid home video package designs. The cover and its circular die-cut is modeled after voyeuristic peepshows as well the world’s more vulgar tool; the glory hole. To preserve privacy, each copy of the zine is conveniently shipped in an unmarked black envelope to safeguard from prudish neighbors and nosy postal workers. For those less discreet, three designs from the zine are also available as t-shirts, hoodies, prints, and more at Man Alive Creative’s Society 6 online shop.

I chose to utilize the very contrasting, elegant styling of the Paperback typeface from my friend's at House Industries. I suppose the mismatch made me quite happy, really. Printing was done on an inkjet while I scored the signatures, die-cut the cover, staple-bound, and hand-numbered each copy in one long, tedious yet relatively smooth day.

Production Lesson(s)

As we know, having the right tools for any job– let alone this one, makes all the difference. With a quality long-reach stapler for the saddle-stitch binding, a well-built rotary circle cutter, and an efficient inkjet printer, I was able to produce this zine to be exactly what I had envisioned in my head all along. The research I put in when seeking out these tools, as well as the paper itself, went a long way to making this a smooth production run.”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

April 4, 2014

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blogs we publish

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.

products we sell

Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work.

Brand New Conference videos / Individual, downloadable videos of every presentation since 2010.

Prints / A variety of posters, the majority from our AIforGA series.

Other / Various one-off products.

events we organize

Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.

Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.

also

Favorite Things we've Made / In our capacity as graphic designers.

Projects we've Concluded / Long- and short-lived efforts.

UCllc News / Updates on what's going at the corporate level of UnderConsideration.


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