A big shout out to Alanna Macgowan for her book, Eat/Gather. The book documents Alanna’s M.F.A. thesis, which explored the connection between culture and food, and drew upon interviews with second-generation Japanese Americans, also known as Niseis.
What we love about this book – in addition to the gorgeous two-page spreads and innovative design – is that it’s part of a larger multimedia project including an interactive museum exhibit, a website, and a three-volume series of handmade books. To get a peek at the exhibit, take a look at this video. Alanna’s work is featured about midway into the two-minute video.
Alanna reports that she got quite a few requests for copies of her handmade books after the exhibit. Since creating them takes considerable time and money (the books are french-folded with fold outs and sewn bindings), she’s planning on creating Blurb book versions that she can share and sell.
To make her Blurb book, Alanna used the PDF to Book workflow, our bookmaking tool for creative pros using Adobe® InDesign®. As for her top bookmaking tip, Alanna suggests making miniature and full-size mock-ups, and lots of them. She feels this is true for any print work, but especially important for publications.
Thanks, Alanna. Great book and fantastic project!