I’ve wanted to create my own publication for a while, as I wanted to experiment with a document that was large format and loose-leaf. But also there was a project that I wanted to explore further which could be of interest to other designers. Last year, while working on a heritage project with Unlocking the Archive I discovered that from the many renaissance books we found, there were parallels with contemporary graphic design; the origins of typography and composition.
I also wanted to place Andi Sapey’s amazing photos of these books in a contemporary setting, within a publication that could be separated, revealing large scale images in a poster format. The paper was also an unconventional choice, using a light-weight, smooth coated stock which added to the tactile experience.
To keep costs down, each copy was folded and assembled by hand.
Studio Review will be an occasional series which expands on the Studio’s discoveries and work.