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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


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LINKS

kelmil.com
victorypressnewyork.com

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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.

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