Thanks to the generosity of over 200 people, I funded the expenses to make an interesting, beautiful letterpress book and other printed pieces along the way. One hundred of those folks get a limited-edition, numbered, signed book plus a separate printed keepsake (suitable for handling or hanging) and an expanded ebook edition. The other 100-odd patrons receive either the ebook or the keepsake and ebook.
I promised to keep them updated along the path I take from upgrading my printing skills, making design choices, learning about binding, and facing challenges of all kinds, and I’ve been posting those updates regularly to a patrons blog. But I felt like I letting the rest of the world down, in that part of my mission this year with the project and with my time as Designer in Residence at the School of Visual Concepts is to share my knowledge, what I learn, and my enthusiasm for what I’m doing. After asking backers and receiving several positive replies right away, I’m opening up the patron blog for everyone to read.
You can find posts at this location, and I’ll add a link to the main site so it’s more discoverable, too. You can also subscribe via RSS or subscribe to a mailing list that sends new posts no more frequently than daily as email, including images.
I figured I would write more in July as the book phrase reached completion, and the ebook edition of this project will include essays about making the book and reporting on related subjects I’m conducting along the way. However, with this, I can share everything with everyone sooner.
Although all the books are spoken for, you can still be a patron at the keepsake+ebook level or the ebook-only level by following this link to an ecommerce page.
I've got the keepsake nearly designed and will start offering peeks at it soon.