Special Books

A cover and a spread of the book Analogue.

Veera Kulju – Ilkka Kärkkäinen

  • Published by Veera Kulju, so_helsinki
  • Graphic design Ilkka Kärkkäinen, so_helsinki
  • Other designer Veera Kulju, so_helsinki
  • Photography Chikako Harada, Ilkka Kärkkäinen, Vilma Pimenoff, Ananya Tanttu
  • Printed by Ilkka Kärkkäinen, so_helsinki, Aksidenssi, Eino Korkala
  • Bound by hand-bound, Veera Kulju, so_helsinki
  • Paper 16 different surplus papers from printing houses
  • Typeface Chariots of Fire, old wood and metal type

This hand-bound book, printed with letterpress, offset, and risograph techniques on printing houses’ surplus paper, presents Veera Kulju’s works with airy, elegant pictures and spirited texts. Reverently chosen details give flavour to the work’s refined balance: a sheet of sandpaper, a dried flower, a small golden print, a framed picture of an animal friend, thank-you notes found in an envelope. However, the massive size seems unjustified – it hasn’t been used to present large works, for example – and the work as a whole feels a bit cautious. The bulky storage case is also difficult to use.

A cover and a spread of the book Vireillä 06–08/22. Esineet, vihit, kuulennat<br />

Olivia Viitakangas
Vireillä 06–08/22. Esineet, vihit, kuulennat

  • Published by Utu Press
  • Graphic design Peppi-Lotta Heinonen
  • Other designer Toivo Heinimäki, Olivia Viitakangas
  • Illustration and photography Olivia Viitakangas
  • Reproduced by Olivia Viitakangas, Peppi-Lotta Heinonen
  • Printed by Kirjapaino Markprint, Kalasataman seripaja
  • Bound by Hand-bound
  • Paper Munken Lynx 150 g/m2, Edixion 100 g/m2, Curious Translucents 112 g/m2, Lyreco Budget 80 g/m2
  • Typeface Neue Montreal

The structure, name, layout and content of this strange and interesting book exude the allure of research and the uniqueness of the world. This earnest and intelligent book is captivating, and you want to know more about the project. The layout elements, images and image compositions are well executed, simple and effective. The ring binding and dark-green serigraph-printed thick cardboard covers are wonderful, but the binding doesn’t quite work – the pages should have been cut a couple of millimetres narrower on the spine edge so the pages could turn freely.

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