Recently I’ve had an idea of putting together a small staple-bind magazine (or “zine” as they’re commonly referred as). I want to give print design a bit of a bash.
I want to be able to hold something beautiful that I created in my own hands, and send them out to my followers as something to help inspire them with their work, so in this post I’ve collected a few examples of things I really like, with some really awesome booklet printing. I thought I’d share them with you, and hopefully get your advice, too.
My biggest problem as of yet is not having a topic. I have several ideas floating around in my head, but I’m not totally sure what I want to focus on yet. This is where you might be able to help! What would you like to see? A few ideas of mine have been: a booklet full of good quality interview with popular designers, a booklet full of interesting and fresh vintage/retro style illustrations, or a some sort of guide teaching you how to do certain things, possibly UI based. I’d love to know what you’d be interested in buying (these will be cheap!), so please do comment on this post and let me know what you’d like to see.
Below are a collection of things related to this format that I really like. I’m actively seeking more inspiration for the project I have in mind, so expect a larger post like this!
Colouring Book by James Jarvis
I remember having colouring books as a kid and sometimes thinking “these are a little rubbish!”. Some of them were brilliant, good paper stock (not that I knew what this was at the time), and good drawings. Others were thin like tissue paper, and the drawings were terrible. Maybe a colouring book could be something that could go down reasonably well with the mothers and children?
Matrix for Regular Events 2010/11 by Atelier Martino&Jaña
These editorial zines are absolutely stunning. I love the typography and the general layout, and think a format like this would work tremendously well for an inspiration or interview based booklet.
Coco Book by Ruth Pearson
I especially love the large typography in this, and the fact that it has been printed on black paper – that’s just hot!
I need your help!
So what would you buy? Is there a space (very small, mind you) that needs filling on your bookshelf? If this first issue goes well, I’d love to do more!