I’ve hinted several times over the past few months about a big project I’ve been working on but since Simon at The Titfield Thunderbolt book shop has let the cat out of the bag I feel now is the time to share more on the title…James Hilton
My friend James has every reason to feel excited. One of the great privileges of our time is the ability to access so many channels to convey our body of expression but those ones that have always mattered still do and there’s something about ‘on paper’ and ‘in print’ that really means something. I have had a chance to preview this book and I can share that this one is different. I’ve often remarked that the feeling of holding the right tool for a job, a good tool with which you’ll do good work, is something you feel the moment you first hold it and before it’s even been applied to the task. The time James has invested into this book establishes that kind of feeling of care in its pages–a book on design should itself feel designed.
I trained as a draftsman. My career path guided me toward analytics and sometimes I’m asked about the movement from one to the other. I like to reply how they’re really not that different–my work today is still about finding ways to use ink as an agent for story. Design is like that. This book does the same but using its ink to do more than just fit shapes into boxes but as a way of using the layout as an expression of imagination. I believe we’re ready for books in this hobby that are for thinking and reading and not just to be burned up and consumed as fuel during the making of things. This is that kind of book. I’ll be adding a copy to the library here for sure. It’ll sit with books from Eric and Mike and be those that I return to because, on their pages, is a conversation that invites me to enjoy how good it feels to dream the dream of model railways and all the places our model trains can take us.
Well done James. You should be proud of this. It’s good work.
James has shared some fun notes on the book over on his blog. For those and so many more reasons you should go check that out: https://paxton-road.blogspot.com/2022/06/in-print-my-own-book.html
James and I have been collaborating on a series of posts that have been a real joy to be a part of. I have a category for them here on Prince Street and am reading through them now while I wait for August to come: https://princestreet.wordpress.com/category/hilton-mears-duo/
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