The day the printer’s proofs for G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design arrived from Italy was rather exciting.
In the same cell we’d been cooped up in for months of editorial and lay up – where, only a few weeks before, we were on manic all-nighters to finish a good index – we finally could see, feel and smell the real thing, although in the strange, seemingly random large sheets of the printer’s world.
There was something very satisfying about the fact that this final stage of our part in the production could only be completed with a scalpel, a straight edge and a cutting table; hands-on tools, instead of a mouse and a glaring screen.
What brain power remained was required one more time to ensure that the sections were in the correct order, and – not really amazingly, because we were in greatly experienced hands at Copper Reed Studio, and their printers – all was well.
One month later we had the completed masterpiece in our hands.
It’s a very beautiful thing this book, the result of much painstaking work: in the researching and writing by Martin Black, in the editorial and production work by “the team” and by our printers.
It makes a wonderful gift.
Read and see more, and purchase online here.
~ Iain McAllister ~