Book - Reflections

Design - The design of the book was outsourced to design company Honest Studio in Bath. They are a company I have worked with in the past on commercial commissions and wanted to work with someone I knew and had worked on projects with in the past. The brief for the design of the book was to create a small publication that captured the essence of my investigation. It had to have the feel of the archive with it which in the end is why I decided to use the archival envelopes. You can see a post about the various stages of the design process here, but considering the time and that I had not yet finished the investigation process, the book is an adequate output.

In terms of the project management, I struggled with this considerably. Balancing cost with content and design is a really difficult thing to do especially being so close to a project. The design agency did the project probono so I felt as if I had to take on this role, which I would have preferred to outsource. The first few versions that came back were out of my price range which put considerable pressure eon the project. This meant that I decided to run the indiegogo campaign o raise the extra funds needed for the book. On reflection, I still think the book came out over budget, as I would have liked o have been able to sell them for around the £20 price bracket which in the end was the price I set for the resale price on the crowdfunding page. Trying to work out how much to sell them for along with trying to work out the quality of the paper etc for such a short run of books (Edition of 100) meant that there were some things that needed to be disregarded from the original design. This was mainly to do with the quality of the paper and the colours of the card cover. A few different options were delivered to me with some samples from various paper sellers to look at and I fell in love with he Orange called Plike which ended up being a very expensive option.

To round up a project management garble above, This has been an incredible learning curve for me in terms of production experience. I will still continue to look at book options as I do love the printed page and I think especially with work dealing with albums and family history I think its important to keep the printed book alive.