Matt Kirkland

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  • Posted to Logo Pizza — Hot & Ready Logos for Sale — price increases by $20 with each logo sold, Sep 13, 2016

    I absolutely love this.

    3 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Redesigning an Obscure Book, in reply to JC . , Sep 01, 2016

    Hmm, no real before / after. But the project was about 8 months from the idea to shipping - but 4-6 months of that was negotiating funding, rights, production, etc!

    0 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Redesigning an Obscure Book, in reply to Dan Moore , Sep 01, 2016

    Oh, sure. It's hardly a 'set', since they couldn't be used for anything but these few books. And I wanted them to be a bit obscure; they make sense to people who have read the books, but otherwise I wanted them to just feel just slightly occult-y.

    Here's the set from one of the site background images: http://cwlibrary.com/img/gradient-bg.jpg

    0 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Redesigning an Obscure Book, in reply to Gareth Price , Aug 31, 2016

    Sure; most of the design decisions came down to what I like as a reader - so the first order of business is big comfortable page margins, so there's room to scribble your notes.

    The body type is set in Quadraat Pro. It came down to doing probably 50 different versions of a sample spread, and reading through them for comfort and speed. And then repeating that process for a whole chapter, etc.

    There's some subhead type (chapter heads, etc) set in Brandon Grotesque, tracked out so it looks all fancy.

    I also made an icon set for the endpapers; one semi-abstract icon for each of the author's seven novels, and hopefully we'll get to print them all.

    4 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Redesigning an Obscure Book, in reply to Ray Sensebach , Aug 31, 2016

    Yeah, it was a mix of doing the initial page layouts in illustrator to proof out the type selections, chapter heads, etc. Then moved it all into indesign to create the final files, and just a billion rounds of proofreading!

    They're printed here in the US, at a nice shop up in Michigan. It's real offset printing, with black and 1 PMS color throughout. There's some custom stamping for the covers (a blind deboss and then a foil emboss hit), and a custom full-bleed endpaper.

    Then I'm doing the distribution myself; we did a small run of just 500 copies, so it's pretty manageable. Mostly single copies sold directly, but some small bulk orders for bookstores.

    5 points
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