Rank #1: 001: Jan Chipchase, The Field Study Handbook
Episode 001 of On Margins — a podcast discussing the margins of making books — with Craig Mod and Jan Chipchase.
Researcher, ethnographer, and author Jan Chipchase has a new book — "The Field Study Handbook." We discuss how he came to produce this 500+ page magnum opus — a distillation of his life's work — and why he is self publishing.
Rank #2: 002: Frank Chimero, The New Golden Age of Bookmaking
Designer and author Frank Chimero discusses the process behind his book, "The Shape of Design." We also dig into the normalization of paying creative people to make things via crowdfunding or patronage platforms, and why there's never been a better time to make books.
- Shape of Design online
- Shape of Design Kickstarter
- Kevin Kelly's 1,000 true fans
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Kickstarter
- Robin Sloan Writes a Book, Kickstarter
- The Field Study Handbook Kickstarter
- Art Space Tokyo
- Kickstartup: Successful fundraising with Kickstarter and remaking Art Space Tokyo
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/002/
Rank #3: 003: Kevin Kelly, Photographing and Backpacking Asia in the 1970s
Technologist, futurist, author, and photographer Kevin Kelly discusses traveling during the golden age of global exploration.
We cover how photography has changed over the years, his decades investigating Asia in the 1970s and 80s, and how he self-produced (eventually getting it published by Taschen!) his Asia Grace book in the 90s.
- Kevin's extensive online home, kk.org
- Asia Grace detailed production notes
- Asia Grace homepage
- 1,000 true fans
- Nikkormat Cameras
- Kodachrome Film
- Zone System
- Primitive Technology youtube channel
- Cool Tools
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/003/
Rank #4: 007: Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the designing and writing of Small Fry
An interview with Lisa Brennan-Jobs, author of the best selling memoir, Small Fry. Lisa and Craig Mod discuss the design, production, and writing of this fascinating book about family, identity, and growing up in Palo Alto as the daughter of Steve Jobs.
- Lisa on Twitter
- Small Fry the book
- Hera Big font
- Book designer, Alison Forner
- The Subtle Genius of Elena Ferrante’s Bad Book Covers
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/007/
Rank #5: 004: Elena Favilli, the making of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
An extended interview with Goodnight Stories for Rebel girls co-creator, Elena Favilli.
Co-founder of Timbuktu Labs, Elena Favilli, delves into how the company went from an award winning but ultimately unprofitable children's magazine app company, to an international bestselling publisher of physical books around the world.
We dig into why the iPad is perhaps not the best platform for publishers. How everything seemed so rosy back in 2011 for digital publishing. And how, ultimately, to build a strong and engaged community, they had to print a physical book.
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls homepage
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls podcast
- Original Rebel Girls Kickstarter (2016)
- Rebel Girls Indiegogo page
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/004/
Rank #6: Jessica Hische, Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
In this episode we're talking with designer and letterer, Jessica Hische, author of the New York Times best-selling children's book: Tomorrow I'll Be Brave.
You've almost certainly seen Jessica's work. She refreshed logos for MailChimp, Southern Living, Eventbrite. She did a logo for the incredible "California Sunday Magazine." She did titles for Wes Anderson's "Moonlight Kingdom." She designed covers for books like Dave Eggers' "The Circle" and "Hologram for the King," and for Elizabeth Gilbert's, "Committed" among many, many more books.
We discuss her unique production and marketing strategy for the book, how she chose her publisher, and how to respect the heck out of contacts you've built up over the years.
Rank #7: 006: A walk in the woods with Craig Mod discussing his book Koya Bound
Craig Mod has been walking the historical mountains and paths of Japan for the last five years. In April of 2018 he went on a solo Kumano Kodo walk and made this recording discussing the economics and production of his 2016 book, Koya Bound: Eight days on the Kumano Kodo. The book was made in collaboration with Dan Rubin and was sponsored by Leica Cameras.
- Koya Bound
- walkkumano.com — data and maps of the walk
- The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage walk's main website
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/006/
Rank #8: 005: Jason Kottke and Twenty Years of kottke.org
Kottke.org is a website. It is not an app. It is not a product. It is simply a static website, updated daily, running some rickety old blogging software.
As of March of 2018 it's been consistently updated for twenty years. It is largely the product of a single mind: Jason Kottke. Kottke.org has shaped the way many of us have thought about news, blogging, and linking.
On Margins talks with Jason about his two decades of blogging, influences in his life that shaped how he works today, and what kottke.org would look like were it a book.
- kottke.org — 10 years old
- kottke.org — 20 years of gratitude and acknowledgements
- kottke.org — twenty
- Nieman Labs: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20
- Noticing — the kottke.org newsletter written by Tim Carmondy
- kottke.org memberships
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/005/
Rank #9: Lynne Tillman and What She Would Do
An interview with novelist, essayist, and cultural critic, Lynne Tillman.
Craig Mod sits down with Lynne Tillman at her apartment in Manhattan and they go through the covers of her novels, essay collections, and non-fiction books.
- Lynne on Twitter
- Lynne's Books
- Lynne's Wikipedia
- Artist Babara Kruger
- Artist Nan Goldin
- Artist Peter Drerer
- Artist Sadie Benning
- Artist Barbara Ess
- Charles Orr, designer
- Soft Skull Press
- Publisher / Editor Richard Nash
- What Would Lynne Tillman Do, the website
- 3am Magazine interview with Lynne
- “On Lynne Tillman” by Colm Toibin for The New Yorker
- An Interview With Lynne Tillman, Believer Mag
Rank #10: Gray318 (Jon Gray)
An extended interview with Jon Gray, aka Gray318, the award winning, London based, book designer. Gray318 has designed covers for William Gibson, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, David Foster Wallace, Robin Sloan, and perhaps most famously, for Jonathan Safran Foer.
- Gray318 Instagram
- Corrie Baldauf's Gravity's Rainbow Project
- Gravity's Rainbow
- Sally Mann documentary
- Jonathan Safran Foer
- Tree of Codes
- The Yellow World
- Zadie Smith
- Karl Lagerfeld
- Rodrigo Corral
- MCD Books
- Infinite Jest
- A Death by Stephen King
- America is Not the Heart
- House of Leaves
- Only Revolutions
- Art Space Tokyo
Full transcript online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/010