3D printing - or additive manufacturing, as it's officially called - is still in it's infancy, especially for anything beyond prototyping. But with our launch of Mymo a little over a year ago, we've been considering possible applications to finished products, and have learned a lot along the way. I shared some wisdom in the recently-published book How to Become a 3D Printing Entrepreneur.
I was Googling myself recently. While I failed to find a copywriter looking for work, what I did uncover is even better. Apparently our work was included in the 2005 Graphis Design Annual book (anyone have a copy?). It's always nice to find prestigious international awards that you didn't even know you had won!
We just heard that Clean Combustion Technologies, an 800-page engineering textbook we produced for Alstom Power won a Bellringer award from the Publicity Club of New England. In case you missed it the first time, here are a few pics of the cover, hardcover, title page, chapter opener, a spread, and a diagram or two out of the hundreds that were created from scratch.
We recently wrapped up our first 800-page book: a reference guide on combustion technologies. If you're looking for a good beach read for summer, this is not it. So, to save you the reading, here are some pics of the cover, hardcover, title page, chapter opener, a spread, and a diagram or two out of the hundreds that were drawn from scratch.
We've been working on a lot of identity projects lately. And the number one resource we always turn to when developing a logo is LogoLounge. It's easy to get a sense of the competitive visual landscape for a particular industry and identify trends that should be utilized or avoided. In particular, I highly recommend their annual curated books that are organized by subject matter (which we've been featured in).
Check out the video preview of Marion Bataille's book ABC3D a gorgeous alphabet pop-up book with a swing soundtrack.
I want to thank the wonderful guys over at FontShop. Working on a book publishing project, I was trying to find the perfect text face. I decided to let their researchers make some suggestions, and gave them a set of parameters that I thought was near impossible to completely achieve - not just a complete feature set for mathematical and Greek characters, but also the right tone. Sure enough, they came through with a couple options that were spot on!
I'm working on a project for Scholastic Books and get to check out new picture books and illustrators. I want a picture of Jeremy Tankard's Grumpy Bird to show up automatically on my computer screen when I'm having a grumpy morning too.
My friend Miriam Tell did a blog post about children's books with errors a while back, and this was my addition to her roster of mistakes: Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own contains the line "Goldfish are red." with a picture of an orange goldfish. And of course, the point that goldfish by definition, should probably be gold when making a book as simple as possible. Annoyed parent's design tip for children's book illustrations: You may invent your own world. However, your invented world should be consistent between words and illustrations.