My niche is called “Never Been Done Before Bindings” (well not to my knowledge anyway or at the very least they are innovative twists on old standards). In an effort to create a unique statement I get asked by my clients to execute and design unusual bindings. “Can you do this?” I love this question. After more than 17 years in the business that question is what keeps my creative juices flowing.
Photo Top: Beth Galton’s Food Portfolios. Series of four Epson Inkjet images UV matte laminated which become the binding and creates a continuous wrap around image. Covers are semi-soft not ridged. Interior: Chocolate Iris Bookcloth. CREDITS First & Last Pages: Silk-Screened by Women’s Studio Workshop; Design: TODA; & Rep: Kate Ryan Inc.
Jim Krantz’s Super Floppy Prototype
Tao Ruspoli’s Wrap Around Cover Photo Printed on Fabric
Right: Tao’s Commercial Portfolio with wrap around photo cover printed on fabric. Interior: Chocolate Iris Bookcloth; Interior Pages: Bound in traditional mylar sleeves; CREDITS Design: Claudia Monaco; & Rep: monacoreps.com.
Paul Costello’s Bound in Mini Books
Beth Taubner of MercuryLab, who did Paul’s photo edit, came to me with an idea, “Can we incorporate smaller books inside the larger portfolio?” This would expand upon the natural story-telling style of Paul’s work and be fun. How to do it? In little pockets? Bound in? if so how? Paul wanted the covers of the mini books to have the same image as the larger page they were sitting on. I devised a way to bind in little pamphlet sewn books and worked with his assistant to set up the computer files so they would line up.
Sang An’s Paper Covered Portfolios
How to bind a portfolio with a paper cover and make the joints withstand the rigors of repeated opening and closing. This was the challenge. I will not reveal the technique I devised but suffice it to say the books are still inservice more than 2 years later. I did eventually make vinyl dust jackets to protect the surface from staining. CREDITS Cover: Silk-Screened by Women’s Studio Workshop; Design: TODA.
Margret Lampert’s White Book