About this project
*** STRETCH GOAL !! ***
GREAT WORK EVERYONE! 'Teeny Ted' is successfully funded and now we can have a little fun. I've added a stretch goal! School libraries need help! Check the backers rewards to see how you can participate and donate copies of 'Teeny Ted', in your name to help libraries raise money. See the new $75 Pledge for details.
WE'RE MAKING NEWS!
Lets have fun and make a LARGE PRINT edition of the world's smallest book.
The Typeface of 'Teeny Ted From Turnip Town' is puzzle which presents an entertaining challenge!
Your involvement will be rewarded. You can get a book, become a 'One Percent Backer', or choose from an excellent selection of signed first edition hardcover books, limited edition prints and beautiful objets d'art.
Re: The world's smallest book ‘Teeny Ted From Turnip Town ’. In 2007 I was permitted access to a focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope at Simon Fraser University. In my time working with this equipment I designed and published an original work on a microchip, as an array of 30 tablets. The tablets contain the text of ‘Teeny Ted From Turnip Town’ complete with an ISBN. In 2012 I received a Guinness World Record confirming my creation of the smallest book yet made.
To give you a sense of scale, the array of tablets you see on the surface of this chip would all fit on the cross section of a human hair !
Re: THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD, and how I got the idea to do this project. This year I received my Guinness World Record Certificate in the mail. 'Teeny Ted From Turnip Town' is cited as the smallest book yet made and listed as "the smallest reproduction of a printed book". Since I only produced the one original microchip, I got the idea to make an actual large print version for people to read without a scanning electron microscope.
Re:‘Teeny Ted From Turnip Town ’
Teeny Ted a wild rhyme by Malcolm Douglas Chaplin. It tells the tale of Teeny Ted and his triumph at the turnip contest at the annual county fair. The typography of the tablets looks like ancient cuneiform because I used the ion beam to carve the space surrounding each letter. Here are some sample tablets carved with a line resolution of 42 nanometers. A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter.
The Typeface of 'Teeny Ted From Turnip Town' is puzzle which presents an entertaining challenge ! The Solutions are printed under each tablet.
About my Books
Please check the backers rewards to see how you could receive signed first edition copies of my other titles for a complete collection. To date I have written, illustrated and published four titles. I print them in short runs of 2000 copies. My books are designed digitally, printed using traditional offset lithography and are bound in hardcovers, complete with gold foil stamping and dust jackets. I pay close attention to book design and in 2009 my title 'Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns' won an Alcuin citation recognizing this book as the number one kids book design in Canada.
Sample Illustrations and Typography
My books often contain useful information after 'the end'. It has always been my understanding that the real gift of reading is knowledge. You will get a sense of my design from looking at these illustrations and typographic samples.
Ten Counting Cat
The Elephant Book
Delicious Chicken Soup
Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns
Re: the design of this project. I want to include the original scanning electron micrographs in combination with my colorful typography and brush drawings. ‘Teeny Ted From Turnip Town ’ will conclude with tables explaining scale from light years to nanometers. A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter.
Why I chose to self publish
In 2004 I wrote my first book 'Ten Counting Cat'. The story is a rhyme which had been percolating for years, eventually completed using the circle of life as a metaphor to explain infinity. I illustrated it and then designed it with the hope of selling it to a real publisher. I produced a manuscript complete with an ISBN, which I stapled together and naively filed with Library and Archives Canada. I then sent copies to many publishers. All of them told me the same thing, they liked the book but since I had already "published" it they were not interested. As this was the case it seemed obvious to have it professionally printed and sell it myself. This was a lot of work and a pretty steep learning curve, but I found it rewarding and enjoyed the artistic freedom of doing it myself so much that I continued to publish by myself rather than work with larger publishers.
Obtain beautiful art
Please check the the backers rewards to see how you can obtain beautiful art for your collection.
About my prints
I have two limited edition, archival, hand pulled serigraphs. The designs are based on the Illustrations from my books and the backers rewards are set up so that you may choose one or have both.
ELEPHANT SHOE/ I LOVE YOU
THE WORLD'S SHORTEST FAIRYTALE
Decorate with Scanning Electron Micrographs
You could obtain the complete set of 32 signed, scanning electron micrographs. As seen above, these images look like black and white photography and provide readable copies of the original page designs of 'Teeny Ted From Turnip Town'. Check the backers rewards as there are two sizes to choose from.
Objets D' Art
Please check the the backers rewards to see how you can obtain beautiful Objets D' Art. I made these solid sterling silver pieces, which inspired the rhymes in in my book, 'Brussels Sprouts and Unicorns'.
THE LAST DODO BROOCH
THE BRUSSELS SPROUT TESTIMONIAL
You Could Own The Original Microchip
If you would like to be the sole owner of this singular work of contemporary art, the original microchip containing the actual Guinness World Record holding nano scale tablets of ‘Teeny Ted From Turnip Town ’, I'm prepared to offer it in order to complete this project !
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