11 Aug

A Woman’s Type

“I . . . was very impressed by your thorough research as well as the impeccably typeset pages. It is a great honour to be credited in such a beautiful book.”

—Akira Kobyashi, Creative Type Director, Monotype

in email to L E DeGiane

The booklet, A Woman’s Type, is part of Lauren Elle DeGaine’s Master of English Literature thesis at the University of Victoria. In her thesis DeGaine examines the work of ten twentieth-century women typeface designers and the influences that informed their designs. Thesis materials include a letterpress-printed portfolio folder and type specimen pages, along with this 98-page illustrated booklet in which DeGaine discusses the individual biographies and design criteria that inspired her subjects’ typeface designs. In addition the print-based materials, this project encompasses wider accessibility as an open-source document available online. In the spirit of its open-source format and in recognition of women typeface designers, we employed open-source typefaces, PT Serif and PT Sans, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PT_Fonts) designed by Alexandra Korolkova with Olga Umpelova and Vladimir Yefimov.

In an email to Lauren Elle, Akira Kobayashi, Creative Type Director at Monotype commented that the typesetting in this booklet is impeccable.

To see the complete project in its open-source form, click here.

ISBN: 978-1-9990341-1-5 (softcover; saddle stitched)

9 x 12 inches

98 pages; including 17 in colour

11 Aug

A Modern Madness

cover image with a portrait line drawing

A privately published hardcover art book limited to 50 copies, signed by the artist.

A Modern Madness is a quarter-bound hardcover book featuring a selection of Rahel Wosk’s early drawings—made using a variation of the blind contour technique.  This book is a unique collaboration between the artist, and Robert R Reid, who created the original design, and Jan Westendorp, who did the design production, layout, and typesetting. It was printed at Universal Printing and hand bound at Rasmussen Bindery in North Vancouver.

To see other artworks by Rahel Wosk, visit Instagram: @sketchbyrei

ISBN:978-1-7777435-0-5 (hardcover; quarter-bound)

8 x 10 inches

108 pages

11 Aug

My Beaver Basics 1

A unique book to encourage language learning—including words, photos, and sign language—in the endangered Dane-Zaa (Beaver) language



My Beaver Basics 1 follows First Beaver Story as a primary-level illustrated book to encourage Blueberry River First Nations community members to learn and teach their endangered Dane–Zaa (Beaver) Language. Each two-page spread features a Dane–Zaa word with pronunciation guide and English meaning, along with a photo and Dane–Zaa sentence, with the sentence in English following. In addition, each spread includes photos showing the featured word in Dane–Zaa sign language and a description about how to do the signing.

My Beaver Basics 1 started as a school project Sydney Davis undertook to obtain her Adult Graduation Diploma—the Adult Dogwood. Sydney selected the words that were to be included and provided many of the photos. She was assisted by family, friends and schoolmates, and especially Adult Education Teacher Tristan Cox, supported by Keri Taylor, Blueberry River’s Education Manager. Madeline Oker, of neighbouring Doig River First Nation, kindly supplied the sentences written in Dane–Zaa/Dane–Za–Zaage.

Statement on the book’s back cover:

Blueberry River First Nations is located in northeastern British Columbia, Canada and is a member of the Treaty 8 First Nations. We are a proud and unified people who work together as a self-governing nation to ensure an enhanced quality of life for current and future generations. We focus on developing a sustainable, self-reliant and vibrant community that is built on our traditions and forward-thinking values. blueberryfn.com

ISBN: 978-0-9937877-3-7

86 pages; colour throughout

9.25 x 7.5 inches

01 Aug

Wild Horses of the Mind

front cover Wild Horses of the Mind

Equine-themed Wild Horses of the Mind explores the events, connections and demons that defy us during our lives.

Lifelong horsewoman and accomplished poet, Lisa Rawn has been widely published and is the author of four poetry chapbooks.

She won Vancouver’s 2015 Pandora’s Collective poetry contest, and was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize.

Wild Horses of the Mind is one of two titles representing our first releases in book publishing.

It is a beautiful and lavishly produced limited-edition chapbook by award-winning BC poet Lisa Rawn.

32 pages, plus cover: accented with antique illustrations; printed on archival Mohawk Superfine Eggshell text and cover stock; with stitched and tied binding.

7 × 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7773102-1-9

$24.99 CAD plus shipping; with a copy of companion title, Between Ocean and Land: $40.00 CAD plus shipping

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01 Aug

Wood Storms Wild Canvas

Gold Medal for Canada West Non-Fiction: 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards

Wood Storms Wild Canvas is an international book award winner! It won the Gold Medal for Canada West Non-Fiction, in the 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards. This award’s criteria include three design-related features: first impression, cover design, and interior layout.

The designs for Wood Storms Wild Canvas began in the hands of two graphic designers; first Doug Galbraith, then David Carey, who did a considerable amount of excellent work with Gurdeep Stephens on the initial layouts. I finalized the book’s design by reworking the page layouts, refining the type, completely rebuilding the section on boats, and tweaking the cover design for print output.

You can find out more about the book here

See photos from the book launch at Gurdeep’s blog post

22 Jul

Canucks in Khaki

For historian Warren Sommer, Canucks in Kahki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 is the culmination of over 20 years of careful, sometimes pain-staking research. It was published on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and in conjunction with the opening at Langley Centennial Museum of Sacrifice and Sorrow, an exhibition in which Sommer also played vital roles as curator and organizer.

In her endorsement, printed on the book’s back cover, UBC professor emeritus Jean Barman says: “If you read just one book marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Warren Sommer’s gracefully written and evocatively illustrated Canucks in Khaki is it. From the intimacy of the war’s impact on a slice of rural British Columbia to graphic first-hand accounts from the front and not-so-front lines, we relive five heart-wrenching unforgettable years in the history of Canada and British Columbia.”

The design brief for Canucks in Khaki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 comprised of the printed hardcover, dust jacket, endpapers reproducing historic photos, and the interior page design to include 440 photos in black and white. This book also contains an appendix of Langley enlistments in the Great War, endnotes, bibliography, list of photo sources, and index.

Canucks in Khaki is the subject Ormsby Review #105. Ormsby Review in an online partnership with BCBookLook  “. . . for serious writing about B.C.”

To order your copy contact jan@katodesignandphoto.ca