Somnio: The Way We See It

Art Book Layout + Design

This project was presented to me by a diversely talented bunch, who organize themselves as TiPSY Press, a collaboration between four artists currently living in Edmonton; three poets and a printmaker. I thought, what a lovely party to play a part with. 

The three poets, Pushpa Acharya, Sharmila Pokharel, and Yukari Meldrum exchanged words with each other and Tiffany Adair, a wildly talented print maker and artist. In turn, they translated and interpreted each others work and created original pieces in response. What came out was a collection of 19 images, (primarily lithographs) and 42 poems that span the English, Nepali, and Japanese languages.

They needed help in bringing the pieces together in a cohesive and digestible way so it could be presented in book format. I had worked with Tiffany previously with the design of the UofA, 2014 Bachelor of Arts graduates catalogue and exhibition, Affinities, and was all in when she asked me if I wanted to be a part of their creation. So we chatted, worked out the details and scope, and got to work.

My main creative focus for this collection was to have my design disappear. Tiffany's works are beautiful, and detailed, and intricate; simultaneously dreamy and harsh. Combined with the flow and aesthetic of the letter-forms, there was plenty of visual information to take in already and I didn't want to distract or detract from this. Minimal titles and labeling, abandoning the serifs on the letter forms, plenty of white space, and the removal of any unnecessary flourish or ornamentation. What came out was something that we were all proud of and excited to be a part of. A 68-page art book that could be distributed and consumed by whomever gets their hands on it. Don't you just love it when the ending is all squishy and happy?

If you would like to get your own copy of, or learn more about Somnio: The Way We See It, or TiPSY Press, check out their website at

And check out the artists websites at:

Tiffany Adair
Pushpa Acharya
Sharmila Pokharel
Yukari Meldrum


Many thanks all. This was a ball!