We recently published a small book documenting our travels to Hong Kong, New Zealand and Tokyo last year; and it's been covered in this week's Design Week, in an article called "Publish it yourself":
In an era of blogging, print is still the first choice for many designers who are embracing the DIY ethic by producing their own independent publications. Liz Farrelly speaks to a selection of designers who have gone it alone …
Choosing the format of a facsimile passport to tell the tale of a trip to exotic locations on the other side of the world, is both a clever conceit and an ambitious aim. Alistair Hall, of graphic design consultancy We Made This, explains how 'Passport' happened.
'I wanted to create something for potential clients that could also be sold in [graphic design store] Magma - something that would evoke the mood and mindset of We Made This, and that was entertaining too,' he says.
With the freedom to shut up shop, he took a trip to Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand, amassed stacks of photos, along with some witty observations, and presented the results in passport format.
'Passports show where you've been, and hopefully let you go to some new and interesting places too, both physically and metaphorically', explains Hall.
Discovering that the manufacturers of real passports were 'understandably a bit cagey' about telling him their secrets, he found a friendly printer – Paul Haslam at Benwell Sebard – to help him realise the project, 'balancing costs against desires'. The end result, though, is very convincing.