Book Dummy

Book Dummy

As part of our coursework we were required to create a photobook. As I was already thinking of publishing my work on British Living Rooms one day I thought it was a good opportunity to see how that might turn out as a book.

Some of the things I learnt during the process:

• Don’t leave spotting too late: it results in stressful and boring hours stuck in front of a computer doing everything to get it done on time.
• Blurb is not the best place to self publish a photobook: I didn’t like the paper available, the print quality wasn’t great and the cover options weren’t great (plus if you don’t have software such as InDesign and need to use Blurb’s proprietary software then you’ll find it’s absolutely awful to use, it’s not designed for people with any more than some dragging and dropping in mind).
• Size is everything: Originally I wanted to have my images as large as I could so you could see all the details, but then realised that the viewer’s interaction with the book would be limited by it’s size (it would have become a coffee table book). I chose to make it smaller as I liked the idea of someone being able to sit in an armchair in their living room looking at this book. Despite the smaller size the loss of detail isn’t important and the feel of the book is much more intimate.