Being someone who has a novel tucked away in a kitchen drawer, I have looked into the option of creating my very own bound glory. Ultimately, the manuscript doesn't hold that much love or promise for me any longer, so I've decided to keep it loose-leaf. Or, at least a multi-page Word doc. But, when I read this article on DIY magazines in the NY Times I got to thinking about it again.
I really got to thinking about it in a context outside of me, namely you. There is the occasional DCA student who uses a press to make their own portfolio and I'm a big fan. It's relatively cheap, it's still unexpected and it's bound and professional. I read the comments on the NY Times article, which weren't super complementary, but offer other options for DIY productions, namely, Lulu. And, for those of you who are crafty and can sew, there are of course handmade books to consider. Scott would seriously advocate for that, and perhaps be appalled that I'm a fan of the auto-book.
On a related note, if you're wondering how the heck to get a portfolio together, especially in time for the upcoming UCLA Extension graduation, then sign up for Portfolio Polish. It's free. If you want to get feedback from outside of UCLA Extension, sign up with AIGA Los Angeles for their upcoming Portfolio Day on May 2 which is an awesome way to get your book in front of the artists and graphic designers of your choice. And, if you decide to print your own, please show it to me. Well, no matter how you produce it, please show it to me. Call to make an appointment for feedback at any time. Did you know you could do that? Just call and come in and show me your work? You can!
Oh yeah, there is also this upcoming event at USC if you're into the independent small press thing, which is sort of related and has a super cool poster to go with it, rumored to be created by none other than Shepard Fairey, although I have no idea if that is true or not.