Innovations in Binding

Note: words defined in the glossary are in light blue the first time they appear

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

Above: Super Floppy prototype of Jim Krantz’s Commercial Portfolio. Crinkle patented turquoise leather backed with Japanese fabric and stamped with matte silver foil. Ultimately Jim wanted a more finished look, “less Anthology and More Hermes”, so I made the covers with finished turned-in leather edges but still kept and soft not ridged cover. CREDITS Design Collaboration: Jim Krantz, Amanda Sosa Stone & Brooke M. Tinney; Photo Edit: Amanda Sosa Stone; Computer Templates and Lyout: Brooke M. Tinney; and Rep: Cynthia Held.
Above Right: Final design of portfolio using semi-soft covers with finished turned-in leather and Japanses fabric mounted on bristol for interior. Matte Silver Foil Stamping on cover.

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:

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

Originally conseived to be made out of layers of different colored mat boards sandwiched togther. I made mini proto-types for the design team at TODA. After seeing theses they simplified their idea in to an all white book made out lof layers ot mat board to mak 1/4″ thick covers which were surfaced with a piece of super shiny Chrome Coat paper. We tried silk-screening on the cover but the ink could be scratched off. Ann at Womans’ Studio workshop who tested the silk screening came up witht the brilliant idea to use vinyl lettering and it was stunning. The binding is White Iris Bookcloth. CREDITS Vinyl Lettering: Designer Signs; & Design: TODA.
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