Creative: ROAM Media on New Wheels

One of the many good things about my job is I get to meet a lot of very interesting, very talented folks. Another fun aspect of my job is that I get to give talks. A lot of talks. A … Read More

Create: Uruguay Journal

People make books for all kinds of reasons. Some reasons are solid, thought out and make complete and total sense. Other reasons are based on pure emotion, make no personal or financial sense but certain people feel they need to … Read More

Create: Flemming Bo Jensen Magazine Test

I’ve featured a lot of publications here at Shifter and I will continue to do so. There are a myriad of reasons NOT to print. Most are complete nonsense. Most involved inabilities. Inability to edit. Inability to sequence. Inability to … Read More

Create: Journal Test

I’ve made hundreds of books with the Blurb system. And many with Magcloud as well. And now that I think about it, I’ve been making books and magazines since 1996. I’ve used dozens of platforms. None of which were perfect … Read More

Create: Blurb Unboxing Test

Yes, you read that correctly. A book unboxing. I always tell people that one of the best parts of bookmaking is seeing the book on your doorstep. And even after two hundred plus encounters it never gets old. In this … Read More

Create: Albania Magazine, v1

Okay, now things are beginning to feel complete. Not quite fully complete, mind you, but we are getting closer. I’ve already posted in regard to my Albania project and the methodology, technique, and ideas I deployed to bring this baby … Read More

Creative: The Albania Project, Part Three

Copy that. Roger. Copy. And stop calling me Roger. So, what have we covered so far? The main dish, double exposures. The appetizer, the stand-alone single images, and now we move on to perhaps the most important and most personal … Read More

Creative: Notebook and Journal Report

You know me. I’ve been journaling daily since 1993 and first started putting pen to paper in elementary school. It’s in my blood. I had my system down. I really did. Same trim size, same brand, for YEARS. Until Blurb … Read More

Creative: Between the Lines, Frank Jackson

You probably know Frank Jackson as a photographer. I do. But he’s got illustration skills too. Hence, “Between the Lines.” I love this book. I actually think Frank could make as much of this as he wants. These illustrations are … Read More

Creative: Selfie Book, Esben Melbye

Esben is Danish. Need I say more. This means he’s eccentric, speaks an ancient, impossible to learn or understand language and is prone to bouts of cycling, beer drinking, and wild adventure. You would like him. I badgered him for … Read More

Creative: Curtis III by Andrew Kaufman

There are few things in life I enjoy more than busting Andrew Kaufman’s chops. I try to do this every single day. We talk most days, and the days we don’t we trade insults via every form of communication ever … Read More

Creative: Flemming Bo Jensen, LayFlat Dreams

We all know Flemming. He’s got Viking blood. He presses the button for a living. He makes the occasional book. See how easy this secretly transitioned into a Blurb-related post. I’m so clever. Blurb layflat test book from Flemming Bo … Read More

Creative: Book Fail, Sicily v3

I’m in the midst of packing up a ton of books. Consequently, I’ve found a myriad of my past sins, including this baby. A version of my Sicily book that should have never seen the light of day. Thankfully I … Read More

Creative: Innards, Janet Neuhauser

This is not a post about Janet Neuhauser’s photography. That I will leave to you to research and understand, but just know she is a committed pinhole photographer and someone who has been at the photographic trade for many years. … Read More

Creative: What’s the Blurb Holdup?

As you know, I’ve made a lot of books. Heck, there are some people who believe I’ve made TOO many books. But perhaps there are a few who wish I had made even more? My point is I don’t have … Read More

Creative: Update, New Publishing Project

Okay, one step closer to the prize. Not sure what that prize is but that is another matter. This is the second post in a series about my new publishing project. Need to say this again, right up front and … Read More

Adventure: Travels with Tacoma

I don’t want to be anywhere else. The West is being developing at an astonishing rate. If you too want to see this place you better go now because it won’t be long before vast swaths will be off-limits, gobbled … Read More