Today I’m excited to share photographer Luke Copping’s new portfolio. We’ve worked on a lot of projects together over the last three years but this one was our most ambitious yet. I developed the interior layouts, designed the cover and then oversaw the production of the printing and custom covers here in Portland. It was cool to see this project come together piece by piece and then zip its way to Luke in New York over a few month period.
When beginning work on his portfolio, I wanted to leverage as many existing design elements from our previous collaborations as possible to keep the recognizability of his branding strong and consistent.
Luke already had a digital portfolio and even a print magazine that we collaborated on last year but this print portfolio was meant to be the most premium and tie everything else together. I designed the covers to mimic the embossing of his letterpress business cards and had it produced at a local bookbinder with a metallic silver foil wordmark and white foil cross pattern for a tonal effect. The white on white can be difficult to photograph but in person, the pattern comes across more clearly because of the scale — the book is 14 x 11 inches overall and I had a custom 13 x 10 inch die made of the pattern (the bookbinders keep this on file permanently in case you ever want anything else made with the same pattern). The covers are white linen with white lining and nickel screw posts. I wanted it to be as understated and premium as possible.
A lot of time was spent shuffling images into layouts that either revolved around a particular series or a color story. While the magazine had copy throughout, the portfolio was all about Luke’s photography so we kept the layouts in line with what you’d expect in a photography book. Big, beautiful and with a lot of white space when needed.
Luke’s book was printed at Pushdot here in Portland so I was able to proof it in person. He chose a premium matte paper with a slight texture that added a whole new dimension to his work. I’d been designing Luke’s print promos for years and had seen many of these images before but this paper made me see his work with a fresh set of eyes. The prints and custom cover came together to form a book that we’re really proud of. I admire Luke for constantly pushing forward and investing in the presentation of his photography business — his passion for what he does really shows. Currently, this is the only copy of his print portfolio in the world but we have some ideas for a slight twist on more.
New Portfolio 2012 from Luke Copping on Vimeo.
Luke just put together this video that more clearly shows the portfolio, from cover to cover. Thanks to Luke Copping for another wonderful collaboration!
This week, it was just one of those weeks. The kind where you feel like you’re treading water. Looking outside, watching the summer go by and just trying to get through everything. But of course, there’s always those funny moments mixed in. Yesterday, this was going through my head: “I’ve hit a wall, nothing is coming together and this blank computer screen won’t cut it. I’ve gotta make some magic happen, NOW.” I ran down the street, grabbed a coffee and turned on some Hall and Oates because you can’t possibly be in a bad mood when they’re on. And it worked! Concepts started flowin’ and the day wasn’t a total bust. I created stuff that made me excited. If you’re feeling stuck, face the challenge head-on, take a walk, change up your tunes and MAKE IT HAPPEN.
I came home the other night and Joey was like, “Your dress looks great with the rug.” Yeah, I’m going to have to start filing mentions of the rug away for that Big Lebowski 2 film I mentioned. I first wore this dress for my birthday party in New York last year and will never get over the puffy roll-neck and the op-art masterpiece on the fabric. I just belt it, slip into my spiked sneakers and hit the road!
Most of last weekend was spent working on a packaging project. Sometimes it’s nice to switch things up and dig into the production side of things. Really happy with the way it all came together — there are a few more components that I need to wrap before sharing.
Yesterday, the new issue of W showed up. Before I get into a magazine, I usually do a quick flip-through, back to front. And Boom! The first thing I saw was this Akris ad. Maybe because I’d been creating poster designs all day, this layout just hit me as being somehow perfect. That shot of inspiration I was looking for.
Have a great weekend! I’ll be doing house stuff like wallpaperin’ the living room and IKEA prowlin’ for a few odds and ends. Trying to whip our place into shape for a late summer party. Any plans you’re looking forward to?
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• The Nextness is onto something in Should you go your own way? when it proclaims, “One of the most common features in the blogosphere is the “How to. Ten tips to… 5 steps towards… The best advice I… How I got to where I am.” So true. It makes you wonder if the real reason we keep hanging on all these words of advice is because we don’t have the fearlessness to follow through with our own vision.
• Don’t expect your dreams to come true overnight. You’ve gotta put in the hard work first and get your hands dirty. That’s truly part of the adventure.
• Great insights on perfectionism and learning how to do nothing.
• Designers, what do you do when you send out a project estimate and a client no longer wants to hire you? I always say, stand your ground. You (and your work) are worth it!
• An unlikely pairing but way awesome: Bon Appétit interviews Rick Ross about food.
• A List Apart has just put together a Summer Reading Issue.
• Photographer Bonnie Tsang ate her way through Portland’s culinary hotspots and snapped her meals along the way. I still need to visit quite a few of these in my fair city!
• This article claims that it’s harder making friends as an adult. “As people approach midlife, the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading. Schedules compress, priorities change and people often become pickier in what they want in their friends.” Agree?
• Learn how to say no like a boss.
• Pantone luggage?! Yes, it exists. Crossing my fingers it eventually arrives on U.S. shores!
Black and gold is a combination I’m constantly drawn to these days but that wasn’t always the case. Up until a year ago, if I had to make a decision between silver and gold accents, I always chose silver. Gold seemed garish, loud and flamboyant in all the wrong ways. Icy, silvery shades were my go-to accents because they felt cleaner and much more subdued. Then, I started noticing gold popping up in less traditional formats including spiked accents on shoes, as gold leaf on posters and in modern jewelry pieces. Here are a few black and gold items that have recently caught my eye.
1. Ryan Gosling on Esquire, 2. Cartier Juste Un Clou Bracelet, 3. Chris Henley Not All Those Who Wander Print, 4. Coco Rocha, 5. Christian Louboutin Decoupata 120 Ankle Boots, 6. Danielle Davis Collector Plate, 7. Balenciaga Montre Acier Watch, 8. YSL Y-Mail Wallet and 9. Michael Jackson.
I just came across this catalog from Barneys CO-OP and was blown away that it was from Spring 2009. The neons, the type choices and the accessories all feel so now! If I’d had an hour to sit at my scanner, I would have scanned the whole damn thing — it’s great from cover to cover. The page layouts manage to seamlessly rotate between outdoor scenery with neon plexiglass overlays featuring geometric cut-outs to more subdued black and white model shots. The main type throughout appears to be Avant Garde Extra Light and Alternative Extra Light.
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