We’re going to be posting some in process snapshots of our projects (when we can) so you folks can get an idea of not only what work we do but how we work.
Our current project is a memorial book for our dog, Nisa, who passed away at the end of December. Nisa was an integral member of our little family with a vibrant, kind, and mischievous personality. She made quite an impression on everyone she met, and we wanted to celebrate our time with her by memorializing it in the form of a book.
Abe first thought up this project while he was driving to the vet to buy Ernie his special allergy food, shortly after Nisa had passed away. Abe told Angela about his idea, which was nebulous but also specific, like creative ideas often are. Angela got really excited, and we decided to do it after that first conversation.
We talked about ideas for structure, content, goals, format, and a lot of other things. We decided to make it a perfect bound book and to use a print-on-demand service for printing. Angela has experience with both IngramSpark and Create Space, so we decided to format the book to work with both services.
The book will include photographs spanning Nisa’s entire life, illustrations and comics about Nisa, some new graphic elements like drawings of Nisa in characteristic poses or performing tricks, and written stories about Nisa’s exploits—yes, exploits is absolutely the correct word—and our memories of her.
We started by each writing our own lists of what we wanted to include in the book. Angela collated her existing comics and illustrations of Nisa into a project folder on our file server. Abe started looking through his collection of photographs (13 years worth!) for his favorite pictures of Nisa. This was very challenging for Abe, emotionally, as he wandered through the memories of his experiences with Nisa. He had to take frequent breaks as his grief overcame him.
At this stage, Abe has made a dummy layout of the book in Adobe InDesign where he can mockup various cover and interior design ideas. And he has begun writing some of the stories.
Over the next few weeks, the design will be finalized; photographs, comics, and illustrations will be finalized; and Angela will start creating new graphic assets and writing her portions of the book.
Our goal is to be ordering a first proof printing in six to eight weeks. This is a tight schedule, but they are both extremely excited to work on this project. And as the project progresses we will continue to post about it here.
We hope you enjoyed this post and will return to read the follow up posts.