Printed entirely on a spirit duplicator, this book is a meta-publication of the spirit duplicator. It contains practical information about the machine while providing print instructions. Only three editions were printed and bound by hand.
In order to make the spirit duplicator fit for contemporary graphic design standards, good legibility was a must. This is why I decided to combine the manual aesthetics of the spirit duplicator with clean color-photocopying. By overlaying techniques, the production got visually enriched and I was able to create a signature style.
An overlay of handwriting, typewriting and photocopying creates visual complexity and a signature style.
The color palette is based on what the material provides: the aniline purple of the carbon sheets builds the base, which is then combined with pale pink, the color of the paper. To neutralize the scheme, I added blue for the photocopied texts and lots of grey for the surface material.
I chose pale pink paper as an hommage to the early self-published books of the beat generation — especially William S. Burroughs — who printed their work, due to lack of interested publishers, with a mimeograph on pink construction paper, as you can see here.
Curious about how the spirit duplicator works? Watch this video…
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