Jan 22, 2014

My Book Process: Design and Layout

This is the fun part!! And the part that required the least from me. ;)


I knew that Stash had pretty books, but I had no idea how great their team was until I worked with them.

I was contacted before the photoshoot by the photographer. She had put together a Pinterest board for my shoot!! It was so surreal to see how others thought about my book and quilts.



She also had me fill out a questionaire about my likes and what I was going for. While I love the retro vibe of her board, I felt that my quilts were a little more modern and graphic than retro. Here's the inspiration I sent back.



"I prefer a lot of white with clean line furniture, layered with wood and natural elements for texture, then some vintage pops of color." She nailed it, right??

Binary from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston. Stash Books

Fractal from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston. Stash Books

States of Matter from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston. Stash Books

Calculus from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston. Stash Books

Molecular from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston. Stash Books

Cultured from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston. Stash Books

The book layout was also a blast! I was paired with an awesome designer who knows a thing or 2 about science textbooks. I told her a few things that I wanted and she ran with with.

I'm not easy. I know I can be crazy picky. And she put up with my critiques and changes. When I saw the Table of Contents I almost cried it was so perfect. See that orange bar across the top? I asked for it and she did it for me! (Except way better than what I had asked for)

Quilt Lab Pages

Quilt Lab Pages

Quilt Lab Pages

Quilt Lab Pages 

I do want to say that I'm not trying to hype Stash Books for any other reason than that I think they are great. It truly was a fantastic experience working with them. Every single person was supportive and listened.


And this is the ABSOLUTE BEST PART: Amazon has shipped it! Expected delivery is Jan. 24 - my 30th birthday!!!

12 comments:

  1. Aww, I'm kind of sad you ditched the pink guitars lol

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  2. The book look AMAZING!!!! Way to go! And I feel like it really matches your style (at least what I can tell from your blog :-) ) Happy 30th! I too will be celebrating that number later this year! What an excellent bday gift to yourself. Can't wait to stitch up some of those awesome designs.

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  3. That's so amazing, Ali!! An author before 30 - not many folks can say that! The book looks amazing, and it is so nice to hear that you had such a fun time making it. I'm super happy for you and will keep an eye out for it here in Oz (or on Book Depository.uk).

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  4. P.S Have you considered turning of the captchas and going with no anonymous comments instead. The captchas are such a HUGE pain in the ass. I swapped to no-anon and I have found very little spam gets through.

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  5. It all looks really stunning. Congrats and Happy Birthday for tomorrow.

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  6. That really is a great layout, and I'm glad to see that people do still actually collaborate and listen to one another when it comes to things like this. Happy Early Birthday!

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  7. I love what you're designer did with the contents page!! Pure awesome!!

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  8. I am a quilter and have a MSc - so I am fascinated by your book. It is going on my wishlist and on my book review Tuesday list so I can try out some of the projects!!! Pictures and the molecule contents page priceless
    :-)
    http://factotum-of-arts.com/sqk/book-review-tuesdays/

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  9. congratulations, the book looks amazing

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  10. It looks amazing! Congratulations. This book is going to the top of my wish list!

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  11. i love this book and will get it as soon as possible even like this amazing design and ideas. thesis help also helpful for study and education point of view.

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  12. The layout absolutely reminds me of a grade-school science text! Glad it's better than you could have hoped! I'm putting Quilt Lab on my to-get list. :) And great job on the "Calculus" quilt - I love it and I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

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