The Ambiguous Black Book

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These are the full 15 images from my first book, which I created using the service ubyu.

Created for the purpose of course criteria, it was the opportunity to design and produce my own self published book. Ubyu were not exactly on the ball (still in beta form), anybody who used them came to find them arduous. Constant problems were scratches on pages, bad reproduction of the digital files and the guttering. But I came out fairly lucky on the other side of production, after paying a bit more for a large hardback landscape book, with a more textured quality of paper (the cheaper matt option). The book worked as black pages, with one blank page on the left then the image on the right without border so the image bleed into the black pages (this worked extremely well). The covering of the book, I gave it a cloth wrap with no image or text, this was a semi-conscious decision in which post-production would have to suffice (taking it somewhere which could do debossing, as the company hadn’t started the option yet).

But my first and only copy has still no impression of text or design, and has stayed as an ambiguous black book.

The book will soon be available from the book store, but that is yet another thing yet to be open, but when it is…


6 Comments on “The Ambiguous Black Book”

  1. anonymous says:


  2. Keep up the good work on this blog!

  3. […] my series of images for my book project. Although it didn’t make the final cut for my book, it did make it into my portfolio. I’m not entirely sure what changed for me about this […]

  4. Simon says:

    A year later and Ubyu seem to still have issues with scratched pages. I recently ordered a large hardback book with glossy pages. Both the front and back pages had a lot of scratches, with various other pages showing smaller scratches. The images looked desaturated and all the pages had strange tramlines running through the centre.

    I was very disappointed with the quality.

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