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About this project

Upcycling vs. Recycling

Please note: we have a finite number of posters for this project - we will not be reprinting any of the posters. If successfully funded, this will be a limited edition run of notebooks.

Society of Design (societyofdesign.org) has hosted dozens of incredibly talented guest speakers over the years - graphic designers, architects, photographers, illustrators, copywriters, etc.

Full list of speakers: societyofdesign.org/events.html

We were on our way to the recycling center with approximately 1,000 overstock event posters when we realized we could upcycle the posters into notebook covers.

The pink (PMS Rhodamine Red), black, and white color scheme has been used on all the posters so the mix-and-match nature of this project works well.

Some of the upcycled notebook covers from event posters
Some of the upcycled notebook covers from event posters

The Paper & Printing

The posters are all 18"x24"  and each one yields 8 notebook covers for 3.5"x5.5" finished notebooks. The paper stock for the posters is either Mohawk or Neenah (65#, 80#, 90#, or 100# cover) - both companies were incredibly supportive of the non-profit's guest speaker series - and the printing (offset or silkscreen) was produced by top-tier print shops. Each finished notebook will be saddle-stitched with 40 blank, white interior pages.

The Process

Each poster will be trimmed down to yield eight notebook covers. The exact trim area for each poster will be individually determined, depending on the design composition.

Overlay shows possible position of notebook covers trim area
Overlay shows possible position of notebook covers trim area

 

Once trimmed, each poster yields eight notebook covers
Once trimmed, each poster yields eight notebook covers

The Posters

A sampling of event posters is shown below.

Please note: the majority of the posters were not designed by the guest speakers. Society of Design members and Go Welsh staff were responsible for most of the poster designs.

Sampling of event posters - no implied endorsement of this project by guest speakers should be inferred
Sampling of event posters - no implied endorsement of this project by guest speakers should be inferred

 The Look & Feel

We've upcycled event posters in the past to help dress an otherwise bland hallway space at one of the event venues. Event attendees expressed great interest in he mix-and-match visual texture of the upcycled event posters.

 

150' hallway space lined with upcycled sections of event posters
150' hallway space lined with upcycled sections of event posters

 

Upcycled posters provided backdrop for event photos - no implied endorsement of this project by Stefan Sagmeister should be inferred.
Upcycled posters provided backdrop for event photos - no implied endorsement of this project by Stefan Sagmeister should be inferred.

 

Risks and challenges

We have the posters ready to go. Once the interior paper stock is in hand we'll be stitching, trimming, and corner rounding the notebooks and preparing for shipment. We've produced similar notebook projects in the past and feel confident we'll be shipping completed notebooks in September (assuming the project reaches its funding goal).

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