CATEGORY

Other

RANK


PRODUCTION DETAILS

Quantity

250

Page Count

28

Number of Colors

1

Binding

Saddle-stitched

Dimensions

5.875 × 5.25

Paper Stock

Munken, Off-white, Uncoated, 100gr/m2

Special Techniques

Risograph


TAGS

, , , ,


LINKS

kelmil.com
victorypressnewyork.com

Book for/by Kelli MillerBook for/by Kelli MillerBook for/by Kelli MillerBook for/by Kelli MillerBook for/by Kelli MillerBook for/by Kelli Miller


CLIENT

Kel­li Miller is a Brook­lyn, NY-based artist and design­er work­ing in motion, dig­i­tal media, and print design. She is a grad­u­ate from Cran­brook Acad­e­my of Art’s 2D design pro­gram and her art­work has been shown inter­na­tion­al­ly. She teach­es at Pratt and her clients have includ­ed AMC Net­works, Nick­elodeon, Coke, and MTV.


BRIEF

This pub­li­ca­tion was cre­at­ed as part of my per­son­al prac­tice in which I con­front our quo­tid­i­an rela­tion­ship to progress, dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy, and com­mer­cial cul­ture. The goal was to cre­ate a small-run pub­li­ca­tion to dis­trib­ute and sell at gal­leries, artist book­stores, and muse­ums and extend my series of self-pub­lished books.


APPROACH

Total Bum­mer exam­ines the didac­tic emo­tion­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion of human to machine inter­ac­tions in stock pho­tog­ra­phy. Images of arti­fi­cial and ambigu­ous frus­tra­tions involv­ing peo­ple and their lap­tops are reduced to 8-bit bina­ry illus­tra­tions and paired with search terms, cre­at­ing an almost poet­ic jux­ta­po­si­tion of mean­ing­less­ness, amuse­ment, and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

PRODUCTION LESSONS

The primary challenge for this project was finding the right printer. I wanted this publication to use an interesting, low-tech printing technique but it was self-funded and I didn’t have a large budget. Risograph was a great solution to achieve the look I was after but the machines are few and far between. I struggled to find a local vendor who was dedicated to simply printing work. I finally discovered Victory Press in London, UK. The risk of sending the project overseas with no way of proofing it was nerve-racking but proved to be needless—Victory nailed it.

Table of Contents