One of our favourite-ever projects
Fotovue work with the best landscape and outdoor photographers to produce and publish high quality visitor and photo-location guidebooks. One of their flagship projects of the last few years has been the mammoth tome, Photographing the Night Sky by world-famous photographer, Alyn Wallace.
This was a huge project for Fotovue – Alyn Wallace is a photographer of international renown – and a significant budget had been devoted to it. Supporting illustrations needed to be:
This is a given – for a technical manual, if an illustration is wrong or inaccurate, it is worse than useless. If an illustration is hard to follow, then it is worthless.
Dozens of photographers were featuring their best photos to the project, the illustrations needed to be bold and visually engaging if they were not going to detract from the finished book.
If the photos were to be great, the graphic design was to be great then, to the work justice, the illustrations needed to be beautiful too.
It turns out, the solution was Little Fire Digital.
Having impressed the client and author with some early visuals, Fotovue were enthused with our understanding and technical mindset. It was clear that we had the technical mindset and the visual flair to make this project work.
At every stage of the process we worked in close liaison with Alyn and the graphic designer, Nathan at Ryder Design (Probably the best multi-disciplinary graphic designer, specialising in book design®, in his street).
Working closely with Alyn we built simple diagrams in Adobe Illustrator. Keeping distracting detail to a minimum but the content clear and the image engaging.
We built composite images, merging photography (whose accuracy we could not match) and illustrations (for maximum clarity).
We wrecked our graphics cards and had a whole pile of fun.
The book is completed and selling … the clients are delighted. Alyn was nice enough to big us up on his YouTube channel.
The feeling is mutual …
Of course you do. You should treat yourself.
Of course you do. You should give us a call.