Wanted to share some photos and details about the process behind my P+S book, one of the most “process intensive” projects I’ve completed thus far. Generally the first ideas I come up with when starting a project are the most outlandish and impractical and are therefore rarely pursued. However, somehow Mark and the rest of my classmates convinced me to tackle one of my first (and craziest) ideas for this project: a book in the shape of Iris Apfel‘s glasses that opens 360 degrees, is made of custom laser-cut plastic, and bound without adhesives (as per our project requirements).
When I started I didn’t even know if it was physically possible to make this book, so I began by exploring various materials that would allow it to open 360 degrees, would look/feel like real glasses, and didn’t appear “crafty.” Below is an image of my various prototypes in chronological order. You can see I tried everything from bristol board to metal hinges to actual glasses (bought on St. Marks Place, of course).
During the process of figuring out the logistics mentioned above, I was also playing with various renditions of the layout for the book’s content. I decided on a concertina fold and then made up my own random/origami-style fold to make the pages look like 3D bracelets. Not being able to use adhesives was, of course, a sizable challenge to work with while I was figuring out how to produce and print text and imagery onto the origami/concertina folded paper. Once I perfected the size of the folds etc. I input all the measurements into InDesign and placed my content accordingly. Each layout ended up being 3.5″ by 57″ so I printed it on the plotter at University Center.
This book was a PROCESS, but I learned a lot and am glad that I pushed through the challenges. I think I ended up with something pretty unique!
P.S. If anyone is looking into using plastic, I would highly recommend going to Canal Plastic. They have everything from small 2×2″ plastic squares to 5 ft. cylinders in every color. The custom laser-cut guy who sits at the front desk is AWESOME and if you bring in a vector file of your work they cut it in 15min. I may try the laser-cutter at Parsons for my box project and will let you guys know how it compares to Canal Plastic (or if anyone has tried using it, please comment!).