While I am taking my time to post a marvellous story about the pleasure of making books—which incidentally I do with the aim to please others more then myself—let me give you some information about my bookmaking.
I know the word is not exactly appropriate, but I feel we shouldn’t leave bookmaking to bookmakers alone—who in fact, make books out of bets. And while you might consider bookwrtiting, bookwriter is taken too—by the music business. Besides, writing texts is just part of what I call bookmaking.
Words, images, graphics, layout as well as format and material quality all concurr ot make a book into the ultimate product of the media industry. However digital you like to be, nothing matches the quality, immediacy and authority of a book. As the big old guys said: Verba volant, scripta manent.
As far as this is concerned, I have no limits of size and weight, as the picture shows. Capacity is limited by personal engagement though. One dozen years of publishing activity resulted in a 24 storey paper highrise—that makes an average of two publications per year. This said, bookmaking has me involved in different ways:
Editorial contributions for books curated and produced by fellow researchers. My contributions can be compact as in Michael Erlhoff’s and Tim Marshall’s Design Dictionary for Birkhäuser, mid-size like the essay "Tomorrow, tomorrow" within the exhibition catalogue Legends of the Open Road, or full-size like in Automotive Management, Springer‘s latest manual on strategy and marketing in the automotive business.
Collaborative work is a fascinating way of sharing and channelling knowledge and opinions. For sure I would like to mention Making Aston Martin for TeNeues, the 400 pages biography of Dr. Ulrich Bez. This book I directed from behind the scene, elaborating the concept, structuring and formulating the content and art directing the production.
Full production is my favourite way to go. I would be responsible for the whole work, from idea down to delivery of the final printing data. Little blue Car Design, my first full editorial project, dates back to 2003. In 2015 I conceived, edited and produced OAL-BB 50 | THE ALPINA BOOK, a comprehensive monography covering 50 years of the life and work of Burkard Bovensiepen and his sons Andreas and Florian—makers of "eclusive" BMW ALPINA automobiles.