We were challenged by the request to design, print and make a large Medieval style religious book for Todd Margaret series 3.
The dimensions had to be 15 inches high, 12 inches wide and 4 inches deep, far larger than any production print book to wrap around.
We bought a few large atlases and guillotined down the pages to a uniform size and bound them together. Printing our design onto parchment paper, with a blue leather cover and gold vinyl produced surprising results:
Gold spray paint on the page edges finished off the effect with a thin dividing ribbon.
Latest off the work bench are three period Victorian Books, we made these vintage graphic props by printing onto calico style material, then wrapping it around existing books, with the added touch of some gold cut vinyl lettering to look like gold foil embossing.
Acme Graphics have created many contemporary, period and vintage prop books over the years, and our bookbinding skills have improved considerably, along the way.
Nick Foley-Oates asked us to create a period Sci-Fi novel cover for the new KFC commercial. We had to illustrate the cover in a convincing 1950 style, to look convincingly old and worn in close up.
The agency were very specific about the look of the book cover, and handily provided lots of reference material that helped nail the illustration style.
We have designed many prop book covers over the years, but not all of them were as much fun.