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Design Ignites Change Notebook Update

draw. . . write. . . here. . .

A sneak peek at the finished covers of the Design Ignites Change Notebook, designed and printed by Smart & Wiley, with generous support and beautiful paper from Mohawk Fine Papers and the fine folks behind Felt & Wire.

Weekend Update

We spent over 12 hours yesterday at Smart & Wiley headquarters, working on the Design Ignites Change Notebook Project.

We briefly considered perfect binding (see previous Design Ignites Change post), but ultimately decided on wire binding.

What are the advantages of wire binding? The notebooks will lay flat, we love the functional elegance of the staggered wire spine, and I did some freelance work a few years ago in exchange for a wire binding machine, so the edition can be produced in house.

The front and back covers are being printed simultaneously on a 13 x 10 inch sheet of Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum Kraft, 110 dtc (double thick cover). The type shown above is 30 line (5 inch) Gothic  Condensed.

For the first run, I mixed a blue-green with about 75% transparent base (the foreground ink blob). Notice the pinch of red in the lower right corner, used to tone the blue-green down a bit.

The first print of the first run coming off the press. Check back for more updates.

Four Like Ever

12 line Cooper Black

Seeing Cooper Black at this size always makes me smile. This numeral 4 was amongst an assortment of mismatched wood type purchased from an ebay seller a number of years ago.

The original metal face was released in 1920 by Barnhart Brothers & Spindler. It’s overwhelming popularity meant it would inevitably be copied by every foundry and wood type manufacturer. I have a PDF of a Hamilton Manufacturing Co. catalog from 1938 (I’m pretty sure it appeared as wood type years earlier) showing specimens of Cooper Black, Cooper Black Italic, Cooper Black Condensed, Cooper Black Extra Condensed, Cooper Black Double Extra Condensed, and Cooper Black Highlight.

Typocurious has republished a brief but wonderful tribute to the brilliant Oz Cooper. Be sure to check out the hand lettered Christmas cards.

Product Placement

8 x 8 inch Sketch/Blank book (Fig. 1)

Yesterday I posted sneak peek pics of a soon to be released product. I’m pleased as punch to share the results of the binding tests. These 8 x 8 inch, perfect-bound sketch/blank books have 100 pages (50 leaves), handsomely wrapped with a sampling of 20 line Tuscan Eqyptian letters (Fig. 1) and numbers (Fig. 2), punctuated with brass rules, wood and metal stars.

8 x 8 inch Sketch/Blank book (Fig. 2)

Pre-order information available upon request.

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