Hey folks! The S.S. Adams "visual history book" that I created and blogged about earlier, has finally made it's way stateside and has begun to ship! So I thought I'd take this opportunity to plug it again and offer a sneak peek. I'm thrilled with the way the printing turned out, as well as the quality of the paper and binding. In the photo above I placed it next to a Joy Buzzer to give some sense of the scale. Let's take a look inside...
The book is divided into decades ranging from 1906 to 2006. Naturally, the 1950s and 60s are my favorite period in terms of visuals. Just check out that amazing rack header on the page to the left. That's one fun-loving family of pranksters!
Sorry for the watermarks. Adams has always been extremely popular with the bootleggers and shysters so I don't want to temp them further. If you're wondering what all that other stuff is.. I laid the book on a glass display case that contains a chunk of my own prank collection.
By the time I was finished with the book I'd gained a far greater appreciation for design and illustration from the 1920s and earlier. Even practical joke packaging was ornate and elegant back then. When I first began laying out the pages I actually thought the early era would be a boring part of the book since many of the oldest items lacked colorful packages. How wrong I was. In many ways, it's the most beautiful.
That magician illustration on the bottom right is one of the many original pieces of art in the book. It was humbling to handle these historical works. It's amazing to see the pencil marks and the strokes from the ink brush, and thankfully these details come through in print.
Book designer and author extraordinaire Chip Kidd once said in a seminar that "Everything looks good when it's blown up huge." I took his advice many times in this edition. That 101 Magic Tricks booklet is about four inches tall in reality.
Above we find a special section dedicated to the can that launched a thousand snakes.
Well, I hoped you enjoyed this little preview. I'm still elated at the fact that this dream is now a reality. If your disposable income is piling up and you want to get your hands on a book.. you can order via email or toll free phone call from the S.S. Adams site and that's no joke. (haw! haw!)