Sometimes it's the little things in life that bring us the most joy. Mini Stories, a new book from London design studio Scout Editions, invites readers to dive into the hidden histories of the everyday objects and wonders that surround us. With a passion for RISO printing, and fun, vibrant colors, Scout Editions draws inspiration from folklore, visual storytelling, and the joy of discovery.
Released by UK publishers and online book shop Counter-Print, Mini Stories is brimming with super-cute designs that illustrate enchanting stories and fascinating facts about the world we inhabit. Did you know, for instance, that ice cream cones were invented during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, when an ice cream vendor sought help from a nearby waffle vendor due to overwhelming demand? Or that the longest game of chess ever played lasted a brutal 20 hours and ended in a draw?
Each bite-sized anecdote is accompanied by a stunning array of vibrant illustrations, originally printed on a RISO printer to impart the images with a delightful textural quality. Reproduced by book photographer Thom Atkinson, the eye-popping illustrations come to life across all 288 pages of Mini Stories.
As a special treat, Mini Stories is packaged in eight distinct belly-band designs, so readers can choose their favorite cover. These thoughtfully designed belly bands fold out to reveal a black and white poster showcasing a collection of icons, specially crafted by Scout Editions.
An homage to simple pleasures, Mini Stories features a durable casebound cover and plenty of magic within its pages. Whether you’re a lover of history, an art enthusiast, or simply someone with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Mini Stories weaves pocket-sized tales worth telling.
All photos published with permission of the artist(s); photos: Thom Atkinson.
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