Making zines with riso scanner – part 3

So, now that I’ve described an abject failure and an accidental success, it’s time to move on to the winner – meaning the zine format that actually worked well with riso scanner.

Out of the three experiments, this one was by far the simplest. Line drawings and only one colour – I printed samples with both black and medium blue. The best part about this zine, however, was the paper. I chose brown craft paper for black ink and off-white for blue ink. The black turned out to be far nicer – and the dark tone of the paper gave the opportunity to add highlights with white pencil.

I have printed the ‘dark edition’ for two local zine festivals and it has sold out both times – people seem to like the feel of the rough craft paper. And to add to all the praises – this zine was also the easiest to make.

All the pages are drawn on separate B4 sheets (standard copy paper in case anyone is wondering) with a black fineliner pen. I use the originals as blueprints for printing. After all the pages were done, I simply taped them together with a paper tape as an almost life-size dummy of the zine.

At first in pairs,


and then in fours.


On the back it looks like this:


I print it on A3, trim the edges with ruler and X-Acto knife after printing and use saddle stitch binding with two staples pr zine. (There’s a special long-armed stapler for this.)


Here you go. This one comes with a recommendation. 🙂

Some more poetry

Heaven came down
no, not heaven
I’m exaggerating
just the ceiling in my bathroom
just before
I went in
I could not fall asleep
that night
Kept my guard up
eyes open
Had it been a coincidence
a sign
a warning?
But apparently
good things come to those
who wait


Only nostrils above water
no, don’t move
don’t make waves
convulsions, panic
take energy
make waves
you’ll go under
and there’s no time for that
breathe calmly
force your body to obey
because fear
is not your master
you are
conserve energy
and wait


I searched my soul
then I searched my heart
but I didn’t find it
It felt like empty space
in my chest
felt like
How do I know now
how to love
when the photograph
is gone
and memory not to be trusted
Maybe love
passed me by many times
stepped on my toes, apologized
and I never knew

Afternoon melancholy

Some days
darkness comes close
and makes a circle
around me
so I cannot move
I cannot see any way out
I walk in a cloud
Should I cry?
Tears give me headache
for days
There is nothing else
to do, so I whisper
to myself
expecto patronum
expecto patronum
expecto patronum


Life, it seems to me
is like a ship
it starts as a
paper boat
simple origami
turns at any gust of wind
but then it grows
into a rowing boat
fishing boat
but easier to steer
yet more and more difficult
to turn

Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now

We live in interesting times. This goes for technological development, societal currents, politics… more or less everything seems to be coming loose, floating weightlessly, hovering without any clear direction. Design is no exception to it. So, as curiously enough I was invited to participate in the Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader, I’ll use the chance to throw in my two cents. My bias is clear – I love paper, I love handmade things and I’m bored stiff with the current trendy web design. Luckily there seem to be promising times ahead.

It seems to me that there are three main design currents at the moment gathering strength.

First of them is the return of the handmade. The slick perfection of vector lines and the cold clinical minimalism are getting boring. We’ve seen them over and over again and now we want something real, warm and human. Imperfect even. So there’s an increasing amount of hand-drawn textures being used to make web design look like something hand-made, edges are left uneven, color overlaps unfixed, mistakes are made on purpose. Hand-made infographics are used to show statistics, hand-drawn illustrations and comics to humanize the legalese of official documents. Stop-motion and claymation have and will continue to have a steady niche.

Second is an increased focus on tactility. This one I’d predict mostly for books and stationery. As a paper-lover, I’m well aware there might be a degree of wishful thinking in it, but I believe that there’s a momentum to it. Paper goods will become even more luxurious and offer the buyers something that the web cannot – tactility. Printed books will start to regain their status as beautiful objects of desire and works of art, embellished by quality materials and luxury techniques like embossing. Steve Jobs understood this aspect well in his time, deliberately designing Apple products to be nice to touch and hold. However, this would apply for hardback special editions, not all books.  Popular paperbacks will probably still struggle against digital versions.

Third is a desire for authenticity that is starting to tear away at the superficial perfection of the modern web design. In a way it’s the underlying reason for the two previous ones. We want something raw, something real, unadorned. Thanks to the current canon of good web design and readily available templates most websites look interchangeable, more or less the same with the same stock photos, same layout, similar writing style. I believe that web design will see a phenomenon akin to Dogma movement in filmmaking, one that will concentrate on the pure essence of information and strip away everything besides bare necessities.


*As already noted above, this blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader.