The Last Free Place in America

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Each month for Wayward Arts magazine, a different award winning Canadian design studio is given the finest paper and print craftsmen to produce the magazine of their dreams. For Vol. 3, Issue 6, Jim Ryce Design & Direction and Flash Reproductions teamed up to create a 12-foot accordion-style publication.

Titled “The Last Free Place in America,” the issue features Jim Ryce’s photographs in a format that conveys the expansive nature of the desert in which he shot them. The wide-open perspective of the images is complemented by the lengthy print format, which is comprised of 36 8.25”-x-11.75” pages. The publication was offset printed using four colors on Chorus Art Silk 100 lb. Cover, then hand-assembled and spliced.

The magazine features a variety of image sizes, some full-bleed, some two-page spreads, and others with multiple images or accompanying text or quotes. The different image formats fool the eye, with some wrapping around the folds and thus cleverly hiding the spliced areas. All the images capture a stretching blue sky, which ties the pages together and further emphasizes the drawn out accordion-style effect.

So what did the creative team learn during the six weeks it took to design and produce the piece? Says Flash Reproductions’ Derek Emerson: “Beautiful pieces take time and patience to produce but do wonders for one’s soul in the long run.”

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Project Details

Title The Last Free Place in America Client Wayward Arts Magazine (Volume 3, Issue 6) Date June 2016 Design Jim Ryce Design & Direction Inc. Print Flash Reproductions Ontario, Canada Paper Burgo Chorus Art Silk 100 lb. Text

Production Details

Dimensions 148.5 x 11.75" flat Page Count 36 Print Quantity 2,500 Production Time 6 weeks Printing Method Offset Number of Colors CMYK Finishing and Binding Hand assembled, spliced




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