Book of the Week: San Francisco

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The Parisian author of this gorgeous book packed a whole lot into one 11-day trip to San Francisco. Day by day, Gustav gets to the essence of the City by the Bay with his artful collages, showing us well-known tourist landmarks with a fresh perspective. Everything is surrounded with halos of fog (a perfect choice) and watercolor splashes of blue, from the subway and bus tickets of his first day to the gritty pictures of Alcatraz on his last.

Alcatraz by Gustav Book of the Week: San Francisco

It’s inspiring to see all this creativity unleashed in a book – the design perfectly captures the improvisational, spontaneous nature of travel. And of course it got us thinking about the book we’ll make after our next trip.

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  1. Thank you very much for your support…

    I’d like to sell some books now :)

      March 3, 2011 – 9:14 am   Permalink
  2. Gustav,
    We hope you’ve put your BookShow preview on your Facebook page or all of your online world for that matter – your website, your blog. We’ve found that booksellers who use BookShow get more views and can generate more sales. Again, it’s a gorgeous book and we’re so pleased you made it!

      March 3, 2011 – 10:52 am   Permalink
  3. So in a book like this, the layouts were previously designed in InDesign and/or Photoshop and then uploaded as complete pages, right?

    I’m trying to figure out the best workflow for my next book. I made one from my former blog using the Blurb default layouts and it turned out well, but I’m considering something a bit more original for the next chapter.

      March 3, 2011 – 11:54 am   Permalink
  4. Hello Emily,

    For this book, I started by using the Blurb’s recommandation to get a good book. And after that I did a hard work, from the photography post treatment in Lightroom, composition of each double page in photoshop and after that, bring theses pages in In Design before generate the PDF.

    Before going to San Francisco this project was allready in my mind, so when I was in the city, I’ve tried to take my pictures thinking of the book…I hope I’m enough understandable :) I’m not always really sure of my english…

    I hope my answer will help !


      March 3, 2011 – 12:26 pm   Permalink
  5. Wow, first class. This book really sets a high standard. Well done.

    By Dan
      March 4, 2011 – 5:24 am   Permalink
  6. Wonderful SF feeling in your book. I grew up in SF, have children, grandchildren, brother, etc etc in SF and visit many times a year. In the winter we stay for 6 weeks which gives me time to photograph the city. Your work is inspiring. To capture the ethnic diversity, the changing landscape of SF – hills, sea, beautiful Golden Gate park and the many architectural styles without one single cliche is pure genius.
    I look forward to buying your book and giving it to my son in law who lives in SF (Noe Valley) and would appreciate it as much as I.

      March 4, 2011 – 6:53 am   Permalink
  7. Gustav, I love your book!
    For the last 7months I’ve been working on a book on my fortnight in the UK!
    When I looked at yours… no words… yours is EXCELLENT!

    By Celeste
      March 4, 2011 – 9:10 am   Permalink
  8. This is a beautiful book! Great job. I visited Melbourne for a week almost two years ago now and still haven’t gotten around to making my book… Thanks for the motivation.

    Please sell copies of this, I live near SF and would LOVE to buy the book.

      March 4, 2011 – 4:52 pm   Permalink
  9. Ooh, oops just found the link to buy it. Thanks!

      March 4, 2011 – 4:54 pm   Permalink
  10. Hello there…than k you very much for all your comments, I really appreciate…I bring love doing this book…and you are giving back love to me !


      March 8, 2011 – 11:38 am   Permalink
  11. A very stimulating book…love the treatment you have used. Your book has galvanised me to get more creative and adventurous. Thank you.

    By Di Greenhaw
      March 16, 2011 – 4:03 pm   Permalink

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