Founding documents #10: Jackets before gutters, gutters before spines, spines before interiors, dust all the time

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

From: Joe Milazzo
To: Joe Potts, Eric Lindley, Janice Lee

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As to the cover: yes, a certain high degree of unadornment is perfectly fine. But I’m attaching here two simple “proof of concept” images for cover consideration. One is simply a sandpaper texture, as we discussed way back when, the other a torn / ravaged / broken book that might make for an interesting spread. Feel free to dislike, of course; I’m just throwing ideas out there.

Thanks hugely; best,

JM

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Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM

From: Joe Potts
To: Joe Milazzo, Eric Lindley, Janice Lee

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As for the sandpaper… there’s something I really want to try that I think might be really interesting, which is to print out a version of the cover (or a couple of copies on different paper stocks, and then take sandpaper to those, seeing what sorts of sanding / erasure effects we could get by sanding the image itself, and then re-scanning that in as the cover. If anyone’s interested in playing around with that, it might be interesting to see the different results that different people get doing that same experiment.

I still need to grayscale all the images, and there are a couple places that are still unfinished / unresolved / or that I had questions about, which I marked with a pink text block.

Make a note also of any stray words / lines at the end or beginning of pages (widows, orphans) etc. that you catch.

Best,

Joe

Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM

From: Joe Milazzo
To: Joe Potts, Eric Lindley, Janice Lee

5 variations.

My feeling? 2, 3 and 5 work best. Depending on the verdict, I may try a few more.

Happy Christmas!

JM

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Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM

From: Joe Potts
To: Joe Milazzo, Eric Lindley, Janice Lee

Hi All,

My apologies for the delayed response. I blame holiday and new year mayhem.

Of those 5 covers, I like 2 and 5 the best. I’m fond of the complete obliteration of the empty box in 2, and there’s a randomness to the damage in 5 that I also enjoy. In the others, to me, the sanding feels too overt or focused, somehow.

Also, here is the most recent pdf of the whole book. I believe all changes should be reflected here, but please make one last editorial pass. If you need it as single pages (instead of spreads), let me know and I’ll send you one of those.

hope everyone’s 2012 is off to a good start.

all best,

joe

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM

From: Joe Milazzo
To: Joe Potts, Eric Lindley, Janice Lee

I’m OK with 5.

Just an idea here, though… how difficult might it be to Photoshop the coruscated lozenge of 2 into the Brownian scrawl of 5?

Best and thank yous all around,

JM

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM

From: Joe Potts
To: Joe Milazzo, Eric Lindley, Janice Lee

probably not too hard… any way you could ftp or yousendit some high-res tiffs to me?

And then also we should talk about if the back cover is also a scan of the printed version or if we just make the front cover an image, and print the back cover as just plain, straightforward vector type.



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