A Second Book of Boat Designs by Paul Gartside
After the runaway success with the first volume of Plans & Dreams, hallmark boat designer and builder Paul Gartside asked us create Volume II. Visual Creative managed the entire production from design to layout to print-readiness, and coordinated delivery to New York State, where the author is based. The book was launched in October 2018, right on schedule for early Christmas orders and continues to sell well and steadily to wooden boat dreamers and builders all over the world.
Plans & Dreams Volume II: 20 Ready-to-Build Boat Designs is available in book stores and directly through the author’s website, gartsideboats.com, which Visual Creative designed for him in 2011 to sell his stock boat plans. It is also for sale via WoodenBoat Store’s online shop.
A primary challenge in the design and production of this book series is the requirement to render hand-drawn plans with crisp legibility at a much reduced size. Readers must be able to build directly from the book if they choose (although they are offered a discount if they choose to order full-size plans). Mike O’Brien reviewed the book in WoodenBoat Issue #267 (May/June 2019), and describes our work here:
Gartside draws by hand with H-grade pencils on rag vellum. The results are crisp and clean. Some of the sale plans seem to jump right off their pages. This is art as well as technology, and the images are great fun to study. Production of the book is top drawer as well. Rami Schandall/Visual Creative handled design and layout, Stuart Ross edited the text, and Friesens Corporation did the printing in Canada. The author cites all three on his publisher’s page. This seems a welcome courtesy as book designers, editors, and printers often don’t receive their deserved credit.
Well, we’ve reached that point where reviewers are expected to offer criticism. I have none. If you are into boats, Paul Gartside’s new book belongs in your library. Period.
(Find the full review here (pp 88-90).)
Thanks to junior designers Brynn Schandall-O’Donoghue and Bevin Anderson for their essential layout and production support. Thanks to Stuart Ross for expert copy-editing and proof-reading, and Friesens Corporation for masterful printing — right on time despite global paper shortages.