Hackathon: Great Things Come From the Freedom to Fail
09 Feb 2016

Hackathon: Great Things Come From the Freedom to Fail

Each year at Blurb, we set aside one week where we don’t chart a production course for each day—normally they are pretty exact. We don’t scope how much development work will be required to complete tasks generated by our product team; we don’t hold daily stand-up meetings; product doesn’t determine our priorities. For one week, we step away from the normal ceremonies of planning, and...

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Why I like Magazine
04 Feb 2016

Why I like Magazine

Not that you were asking but I’m going to share my magazine thoughts with you…again. Why? First, I’m amazed at how many people don’t know we make a magazine. Second, this format is SO unique in how it looks, how it can be designed and what it means to those who receive it. And third, there are SO MANY people who have the drive and...

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Choose your own Icelandic adventure
02 Feb 2016

Choose your own Icelandic adventure

One of my absolute favorite things about working at Blurb is seeing how people completely reimagine a typical book genre. Today, we’re looking at the noble—yet often staid—travel book. Take Emily Russell’s Choose Your Own Adventure book of Iceland. It isn’t like the rest of the books in the class. Russell takes her 827-mile journey on Iceland’s ring road and turns it into a Choose...

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Bonjour, Paris College of Art!
28 Jan 2016

Bonjour, Paris College of Art!

As part of the Blurb Road Show tour in Paris, the trio of Dan Milnor, Kent Hall, and I held a book-making workshop at the Paris College of Art for 40 students and faculty. They were an especially welcoming bunch—whip smart, creative, and multi-lingual—many from France, but others from the UK and as far away as South Africa and Texas. They study design, architecture, and...

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Author Spotlight: Jena Cumbo & Gina Tron
26 Jan 2016

Author Spotlight: Jena Cumbo & Gina Tron

Did you know that, on average, Americans spend over 11 hours on the internet every day? Our era is a digital one, so it is no surprise that a lot of love is found online. Authors Jena Cumbo and Gina Tron, of We Met on the Internet, are fascinated by these modern love stories and how much of our life is spent online. Jena noticed...

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