A book, On Margins
A book, On Margins

On Margins is a podcast about making books, hosted by Craig Mod.

We're making a book.
The margins are important.
Do you know how important?

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Gray318 — Jon Gray's Infinite Covers


An interview with award winning book cover designer, Gray318 (Jon Gray).

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ep. 009

Lynne Tillman and What She Would Do

Lynne Tillman

Men and Apparitions

An interview with novelist, essayist, and cultural critic, Lynne Tillman.

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ep. 008

Jessica Hische and Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

Jessica Hische

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

An interview with designer and letterer Jessica Hische, author of the best-selling children's book, Tomorrow I'll Be Brave.

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ep. 007

Lisa Brennan-Jobs and the design, production, and writing of memoir

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Small Fry

An interview with Lisa Brennan-Jobs, author of the best selling memoir, Small Fry. Lisa and Craig Mod discuss the design, production, and writing of this fascinating book about family, identity, and the complications of growing up in Palo Alto as the daughter of Steve Jobs.

Koya Bound: Eight days on the Kumano Kodo - cover

ep. 006

To make a book, walk in the woods with a book

Craig Mod

Koya Bound: Eight days on the Kumano Kodo

A walk in the woods with Craig Mod, talking about the economics and production of his book made in collaboration with Dan Rubin, Koya Bound.

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ep. 005

Jason Kottke — Twenty Years of kottke.org

Jason Kottke


Jason Kottke has been distilling his brain into kottke.org for twenty years.

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ep. 004

The making of Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli is the co-creator (along with Francesca Cavallo) of Timbukutu Labs, a company that used to make apps and now makes international best selling books.

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Kevin Kelly, photographing and backpacking through Asia in the 1970s

Kevin Kelly

Asia Grace & Vanishing Asia

Technologist, futurist, author, and photographer Kevin Kelly discusses traveling during the golden age of global exploration. We cover how photography has changed over the years, his decades cavorting through Asia in the 1970s and 80s, and how he self-produced (eventually getting it published by Taschen!) his Asia Grace book in the 90s.

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ep. 002

The new golden age of bookmaking

Frank Chimero

The Shape of Design

Designer and author Frank Chimero discusses the process behind his seminal design book, "The Shape of Design." We dig into the normalization of paying creative people to make things via crowd funding and patronage platforms, and why there's never been a better time to make books.

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ep. 001

The years-long road to the Field Study Handbook

Jan Chipchase

The Field Study Handbook

Researcher and author Jan Chipchase has a new book — "The Field Study Handbook." We discuss how he came to produce this 500+ page magnum opus — a distillation of his life's work — and why he is self publishing.