In addition to the exhibition, I always had in mind that I wanted to do a book. Luckily, from a creative point of view, working with G . F Smith’s Make Book service was just a dream. Because their books are handmade, the quality is just beautiful. I could choose the exact specification of how I wanted it to be made: the quality of the paper, the size, the colours, everything.
Designing the book
I wanted the book to be quite big – as a coffee table book, it’s not something that you can pick up in a shop – but I also think the subject matter deserved that size. So we settled on an A3 portrait format. This applied to the image size, too. I wanted to make sure that these people are represented in a way that didn’t require cropping. The large image sizes, for me said: “We’re strong, we’re powerful and we’re proud.”
The design of the book was done by Paul Hogarth, one of the creative directors at ad agency, Publicis. And the typography was done by a friend of mine, Michiel Van Wyngaarden, who is a graphic designer. The three of us would sit in my living room until two in the morning, drawing, making things and brainstorming for hours. Michiel created the font for the book, which has little bits of the letters missing, to engage with the fact that those are people with disabilities and limbs missing.