Design Decision: Chemise $70 Reallocation
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Here are a few ideas. If anybody has another idea, please feel free to post it!!!
Stem: Tell Mark (the designer) that he has more leeway with the layout – e.g. increased page count, more multicolor printing – and ultimately leave the specifics up to him.
Stem: Switch from Johannot to a more expensive paper – e.g. Khadi or Velke Losiny.
Stem: Leave the decision up to Glacierman, the proposer – i.e. Glacierman Rex, dictator.
Stem: Do nothing. Leave the funds until the edition is finished and then decide what to do.
Also, if this wasn’t already your plan, consider taking the top 2 or 3 polling options and doing a run-off for which option to pick.
I'm in favour of some delegation to the experts, rather than trying to manage every detail through votes.
I.e., my preferences would be:
1. Upgrade to handmade paper
2. Let the designer upgrade the design at his discretion within the additional budget.
3. Refund the extra money.
I used to be a regular on LT for several years. However, in the past few years frequency of my visits decreased and became irregular. Lately I’ve been extremely busy with various things and haven’t posted on LT since December, I think. I found out about the vote to switch from Algernon to Sinuhe only from email. That email prompted me to check LT for the first time in months to see what was going on. During ranked voting Sinuhe was my #1 choice, so I was perfectly happy with the switch. However, even then I was going to write an LT post thanking ambyrglow for throwing the wrench into LT vote (quoted below) even though I was only happy to vote for Sinuhe – specifically because I didn’t want to miss any future votes or decision-making points requiring member input.
I am going to be the one to throw a wrench in the works, I guess: I think the decision to switch titles is big enough that it deserves being put before the entire membership, and I have no reason to believe that most members check this forum on a daily basis. I don't object per se to Sinuhe but I do object to skipping the balloting process.
Unfortunately, I never got a chance to get to writing the post thanking ambyrglow and emphasizing the importance of letting members now their input is required. Only today I finally got some free time to check LT - luckily more or less on time for some more decision-making already going on.
Case in point - we're already discussing how to allocate freed money, while there is a financial question worth $70 USD (refund or use) that was not officially brought up to the membership, with only 40-something members having voted on it. Currently the distribution of votes is such that the result might possibly be different from what it is now if all members vote - even if you narrow down the voting base to only those who placed orders. Not that I think the voting base should be narrowed down - perhaps some members who haven't placed orders yet would do so if the price does drop by $70 and I think they should have a voice in this as well.
I think all members deserve the right to know such decisions are being made and their input is required. A simple email directing members to the forum would do the job.
Velke Losiny is a tried and true (maybe the tried and true) handmade paper. It is widely available, won't break the bank, and should add that extra bit of handicraft to put The Tale of Sinuhe over the top as a topnotch fine press edition. I'm all for it.
We're waiting to hear back from the mill on some details, but things are looking up.
What I meant is that as soon as I saw Velke Losiny as a possible option in the beginning of the thread, it immediately sounded like a particularly good idea. However, not being a professional bookmaker, I didn't want to jump on the bandwagon right away, and before voting in the poll in >4 grifgon: wanted to check what you, the designer of the book, think about it. Perhaps it might not have been a good fit because of size, compatibility with the chosen letterpress method/machine, etc.; or perhaps you had alternative ideas. I knew who you are and was actually thanking you for your response )
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