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Five Things. A design-led book; exploring over 100 people's five favourite things, along with the personal reasons for their choices.
Five Things. A design-led book; exploring over 100 people's five favourite things, along with the personal reasons for their choices.
Five Things. A design-led book; exploring over 100 people's five favourite things, along with the personal reasons for their choices.
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The Five Things Book is a design-led, typographic book; revealing over 100 people's five favourite things; along with the stories behind why they love each thing. This coffee table book contains many amazing graphic designers, writers, musicians and loads of other talented people.

>> Some of the nice things people have said about the project:

"What a cool idea" – Mike Joyce, swissted.com

"...a great idea" – Stefan Sagmeister, sagmeisterwalsh.com

"Love the concept"
– Jane Lamberth, shellscafe.com

"This is a fun project premise" – Jessica Hische, jessicahische.is

Pauline Clancy, Designer / Lecturer , double page spread (Photo: Simon Hutchinson)
Pauline Clancy, Designer / Lecturer , double page spread (Photo: Simon Hutchinson)

Have you ever stopped to think about the amazing 'things' you surround yourself with, and why? Gadgets, clothing, cars, art, people, places – in our daily lives we are constantly surrounded by amazing things. These things provoke memories, create deep feelings of nostalgia and we become attached to them.

What if you had to choose only Five Things as your favourite things. What would they be? And, why those particular things?

Over the last year I have been posing those exact questions to people from all over the world. Each person would supply a list of their five favourite things, along with the reason they chose that particular thing. The replies have been mesmerising; often poignant, emotive and at times, quite funny. These answers provide an insight into the lives of people from varying cultures, places and backgrounds.

The project forms the main part of my MFA in Multidisciplinary Design at the University of Ulster, Belfast. 

Jessica Hische, Lettering Artist, double page spread
Jessica Hische, Lettering Artist, double page spread
Adrian Shaughnessy. Designer / Writer / Publisher, double page spread
Adrian Shaughnessy. Designer / Writer / Publisher, double page spread

Over the last year the project has been web based, with all submissions added to the Five Things website. However; as a graphic designer – passionate about typography – it occurred to me that the perfect platform for the Five Things project would be in a design-led coffee table book. With so much beautiful copy to hand, it seemed fitting to use typography and graphic design to create a book, and some products, to showcase the answers in all their glory.

The web is incredible, but nothing beats holding, and enjoying, a beautifully printed book. The project is about amazing 'things', so it seems right and fitting to create an amazing 'thing' to showcase the project.

As well as the submissions, the book features an introduction written by myself, and a foreword, written by Kristian Nairn – who many will know better as an international DJ and Hodor from Game Of Thrones. Kristian was actually the first person to submit his five things, so is the perfect person to write the foreword.

Book Size: 200 Pages (approx.) | 270mm x 210mm (portrait)

Timeline:
December – January: Finalise book design.
January: Proof reading, editing and meeting with printers/suppliers.
February: Tweak and finalise design, then send to print.
Mid March: Ship the book, and products, all over the world to my project backers.

Malcolm Garrett, Graphic Designer, double page spread
Malcolm Garrett, Graphic Designer, double page spread
Giova Brusa / Rich Carter, double page spread
Giova Brusa / Rich Carter, double page spread

Over 100 people. From 16 countries. Across 5 continents.

The project was open to anyone and everyone; there are a variety of people from all walks of life; from Northern Ireland to Japan and from the U.S.A. to Peru. Given my background in design, I also asked many of the designers/authors/artists that I respect to get involved. Many of these notable industry leaders are featured in the book, including:

Adrian Shaughnessy – Esteemed designer, writer and publisher at Unit Editions, uniteditions.com

Debbie Millman – Branding specialist, designer and writer, debbiemillman.com

Jessica Hische – Lettering artist / designer, jessicahische.is

Hamish Muir – Graphic designer / lecturer, hamishmuir.com

JB Morrison – Author / Musician with Carter USM, www.jim-bob.co.uk

Malcolm Garrett – Graphic Designer, malcolmgarrett.com

Armin Vit – Graphic Designer / Writer, underconsideration.com

Jaime Derringer – Founder of Designmilk.com website

Kristian Nairn – Actor / DJ, kristiannairn.com

Mark Bedford – Bass player with iconic British band Madness, madness.co.uk

Mike Joyce – Graphic Designer / Swissted.com

Dan Rubin – Photographer / Designer, instagram.com/danrubin

Plus many more designers, artists and other interesting people from all over of the world.

Jane Lamberth. Shop Owner/Author, double page spread
Jane Lamberth. Shop Owner/Author, double page spread

As well as the book, I have also designed a range of typographically led products inspired by the site. 

Giclée print – High quality digital print on archival paper.

'Five Modernists' – The A3 giclée print, inspired by Mike Joyce's five things
'Five Modernists' – The A3 giclée print, inspired by Mike Joyce's five things
The Framed Print
The Framed Print


Limited edition Five Things t-shirt
– Screen printed design on an organic cotton Stanley & Stella t-shirt.

Five Things T-Shirt – £22 plus shipping
Five Things T-Shirt – £22 plus shipping
Five Things 'Super Limited Edition' T-Shirt – Limited to 5 as part of the £500 Reward
Five Things 'Super Limited Edition' T-Shirt – Limited to 5 as part of the £500 Reward

Postcards – These postcards feature artwork from the book and are available as part of the £500 reward package.

Sample postcard, all postcards will feature artwork from the book design.
Sample postcard, all postcards will feature artwork from the book design.

Bookmark – Branded bookmark, to be produced using heavy weight uncoated card.

The Five Things bookmark, free with all book purchases.
The Five Things bookmark, free with all book purchases.

These products feature artwork taken from the book and will be high quality and beautifully finished. All products are to be printed by local companies, giving me full control over the print process. This will insure a top quality finish throughout.

I need your help!

By supporting my campaign, The Five Things Book can be printed, packaged and shipped all over the world. 

Below is a list of how the money will be used.

Production of the book –  Printing top quality books, in small quantities, can be really expensive! The majority of money raised will be used to fund the production of the book. I have been in contact with several amazing Northern Irish printers and know that if the project succeeds, the final product will be outstanding.

The Products – The purchasing, production and printing costs associated with the t-shirts (which will be Stanley & Stella organic tees), the postcards, the Giclée prints and all other branded items to be produced as part of the project.

The PackagingAmazon style book mailers to mail the book. As well as cardboard postal tubes for the prints, sturdy envelopes for the postcards, tissue paper, stickers and bubble wrap.

Font licensing – I will purchase a licence for the typefaces used within the book.

Videographer – My amazing videographer is Tim West. He has bills to pay, but has kindly donated his services until the Kickstarter succeeds. 

Photography – I am outsourcing some photography to local photographers, as well as taking some myself. I will also purchase some stock imagery to use within the book and associated artwork.

Fees – Kickstarter need to make something for their amazing service too, so they deduct a fee to the total amount raised if the project is successful. I will also have to factor in a cost that the bank will charge for handling the money.

I want this book to be a beautiful object that people will treasure, and I will do everything I can with the money raised, to make that happen.
Thank-you.

Chrissy Jensen, Shop Owner, double page spread
Chrissy Jensen, Shop Owner, double page spread
Karishma Kusurkar, Fashion Designer, double page spread
Karishma Kusurkar, Fashion Designer, double page spread
Pat Connor, Rapid Response Nurse, double page spread
Pat Connor, Rapid Response Nurse, double page spread

Risks and challenges

The main challenge for this project is getting the book printed in a format that is both amazing and also on budget; whilst also being practical to ship around the world. I am confident though that I can deliver a beautiful book with the target amount I am aiming for.

Due to the weight of the book, shipping is proving to be quite expensive. I have tried my hardest to keep all shipping costs the lowest they can be for international backers. I may need to use International Economy Postage for worldwide shipping of the book. This shouldn't affect the April delivery date; however, if that happens, I will be sure to keep you updated every step of the way.

I will stay in touch to keep you updated on the print, production and shipping process, and look forward to creating an amazing book, and products, for you to enjoy.

I have also gained full copyright permission for the exclusive use of all materials in the book. {All artwork may be subject to tweaks and changes.}

Thank-you.

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    THE DONATION

    Your donation is most appreciated; it will bring me one step closer to making the book a reality.

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    THE DIGITAL BOOK

    The Five Things Book in PDF format.

    Read it from your tablet, smart phone or computer.

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    THE GICLÉE PRINT

    An A3, Five Things typographic Giclée print.

    Based on a submission to the website by New York designer – Mike Joyce. The print features the names of five legendary graphic designers.

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    THE FIVE THINGS BOOK
    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    The Five Things Book. A design-led, typographic coffee-table book, showcasing over 100 people's Five Things.

    Five Things bookmark included.

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    THE T-SHIRT

    Five Things t-shirt; printed on a navy, organic cotton t-shirt.

    Featuring the Five Things logo, and other typographic elements. This t-shirt is limited to Kickstarter backers and won't be available after the campaign.

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    THE FIVE THINGS BOOK

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    THE FIVE THINGS BOOK WITH YOUR NAME IN IT

    The book, with your name (or business name) included in a list of 'backers', on a designed page within the book.

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    THE GICLÉE PRINT & THE T-SHIRT

    An A3, Five Things typographic Giclée print & the Five Things Navy t-shirt.

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    The print is based on a submission to the website by New York designer – Mike Joyce. The print features the names of five legendary graphic designers.

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    The Five Things t-shirt is printed on a navy, organic cotton t-shirt.

    Featuring the Five Things logo, and other typographic elements. This t-shirt is limited to Kickstarter backers and won't be available after the campaign.

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    THE FRAMED PRINT

    A beautiful, limited edition, framed Giclée print. Inspired by a submission to the book by esteemed designer/writer Adrian Shaughnessy.

    The perfect gift for music fans!
    Limited to 25. SHIPPING IS FREE!!

    Size: Frame 30x40cm | Window 20x29cm

    This reward should be ready and shipped in time for Christmas, although we cannot guarantee that.

    (As the print comes framed, it is only available within the UK unfortunately – sorry!)

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    THE FIVE THINGS BOOK (2 COPIES)

    2 copies of The Five Things Book. A design-led, typographic coffee-table book, showcasing over 100 people's Five Things.

    2 x Five Things bookmarks included.

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    THE FIVE THINGS BOOK & THE GICLÉE PRINT

    The book, with your name (or business name) included in a list of 'backers', on a designed page within the book.

    Plus the Giclée A3 print.

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    THE FIVE THINGS BOOK & THE T-SHIRT

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    THE LOT

    The Five Things Book with your name in it.

    An A3, giclée, Five Things print.

    A Five Things limited edition t-shirt.

    Five Things bookmark.

    Digital Version of the book.

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    THE PERSONALISED PACKAGE

    The book, with your name (or business name) included in a list of 'backers', on a designed page within the book.

    A bespoke A3 Giclée print, designed specifically for you, by me.
    You choose the text, statement or quote, and I will design the one-off print.

    Also includes:
    The T-Shirt
    The Digital Book
    The Bookmark

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    THE KRISTIAN

    The Five Things Book with your name in it. This version of the book will be extremely limited, as it will be signed and personalised by Kristian Nairn (DJ / Hodor in Game Of Thrones). Kristan has written the foreword for the book.

    This package also includes:
    A Five Things t-shirt
    A Five Things A3 Giclée print
    The Digital Book
    The Bookmark

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    THE FIVE THINGS DESIGN TOUR OF BELFAST

    A walking design tour of Belfast with lunch at Kaffe O.

    Covering various iconic design places, areas associated with the Five Things story and other interesting places a long the way.

    Everyone on the tour also gets:
    2 Five Things Books per person
    A Giclée print
    2 Bookmarks
    A Digital version of the book
    Lunch & Coffee in Nordic design-led café Kaffe O.

    As well as that, a beverage at the end of the tour will be included! A fun and informative tour for a small business or a group of friends.

    The tour is based on 5 people. For each additional person simply add £50 to your pledge.

    (Travel to Belfast is not included, get in touch for more information. This tour is available during summer 2016. Maximum 10 people per tour.)

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    THE FIVE THINGS TALK

    I will travel anywhere in the UK or Ireland to deliver a one hour talk, and Q&A, about the Five Things project.

    As well as that, you will receive 20 BOOKS, 5 five t-shirts and five A3 giclée prints

    (Travel, venue hire and accommodation not included in pledge amount – get in touch to discuss options)

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    THE FIVE THINGS GRAPHIC DESIGN MASTERCLASS

    A full day graphic design training course with myself (for up to 10 people).

    Covering:
    Overview of the Adobe Creative Suite
    Graphic design basics
    Layout for printed materials
    Preparing files for print
    Plus loads of other tips that will help your business create professional artwork.

    Includes refreshments and snacks; will be located in Belfast City Centre (travel not included).

    Includes The Five Things Book for each attendee.

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