Studying Type and Media in The Hague is a fantastic experience. During about 10 months, students can try out many things and learn about various aspects of typedesign. Of course, creating one’s own typeface needs a lot of testing. Printing letters, words, paragraphs at various sizes is indispensable. When 12 students are doing this during 10 months, a lot of ink and paper is being used. I estimate that we used about 1,400 kg of paper; 25,000 A4 sheets. Only for testing. On one side.
Most of it was directly thrown away, some was kept and in the last two weeks I collected a comparatively small amount.
Since on almost all of the sheets the rear page was blank, I found it worth to recycle that paper.
I glued 17 books in two days. This can very easily be done by everybody.
Just fold the paper once with the printing towards the inside, add a cover at the front and the back, fix the block well and glue the unfolded edge. Cover the spine with some fabric or leave it open.
I combined the test prints from different students in the books, so the hidden designs are quite diverse. Shining through, they might inspire someone using the notebook for new sketches or ideas.
For the covers I used the beautiful screen printed posters by Gilles de Brock.
By the way, these posters were so attractive, that they were constantly stolen from the walls at the Royal Academy of Arts. You can read more about it here.
By producing those books, I was happy to save some paper, reduce waste and have a small gift for my classmates.