Today Designers use a unique ink

Wdd Logo.
November 20, 2013
Today Designers use a unique ink.

thumbnailDutch design studio Today Designers has printed a book using a very special kind of ink—squid ink.

The book, entitled Naar Inkt Vissen (which translates to “Fishing For Ink” in English), contains 48 pages full of sailor stories written by Menno Smit and Edwin de Voigt. In order to add even more nautical flair, the 700 screen printed copies of the book were bound with fishing wire using a Japanese stab-binding technique.


This is not the first time that Today Designers have delved into the stranger side of printing. In 2012, they produced Het Vulkanen Boek, or “The Volcano Book”, which was printed with a special ink developed using ash from an Icelandic volcano.

How much squid ink does the printing of 700 books require? According to Today Designers, this task was accomplished using only one and a half liters of ink, which the studio sourced from a fish auction in Scheveningen, a town on the Dutch coast.


However, as unique as this book of fish tales may be, you might not want to own a copy; the designers spoke to Dutch magazine de zeen about the book’s only flaw:

It smells, stinks and reeks. We are talking about a penetrating fishy smell here, caused by the squid ink with which the book is printed.

Though the fishy smell only enhances this particular book’s specific oceanic theme, it’s probably not something most people will want to keep on their coffee table.

What do you think of printing with squid ink? Would you buy this book even though it “reeks” of fish? Let us know in the comments.

Featured image/thumbnail, ink in water image via Shutterstock.

WDD Staff

WDD staff are proud to be able to bring you this daily blog about web design and development. If there's something you think we should be talking about let us know @DesignerDepot.

Read Next

3 Essential Design Trends, December 2023

While we love the holidays, too much of a seasonal theme can get overwhelming. Thankfully, these design trends strike a…

10 Easy Ways to Make Money as a Web Designer

When you’re a web designer, the logical way to make money is designing websites; you can apply for a job at an agency,…

The 10 Most Hated Fonts of All Time

Remember when Comic Sans wasn’t the butt of the jokes? Long for the days when we actually enjoyed using the Impact…

15 Best New Fonts, November 2023

2023 is almost over, and the new fonts are still coming thick and fast. This month, we’ve found some awesome variable…

Old School Web Techniques Best Forgotten

When the web first entered the public consciousness back in the 90s, it was primarily text-based with minimal design…

20 Best New Websites, November 2023

As the nights draw in for the Northern hemisphere, what better way to brighten your day than by soaking up some design…

30 Amazing Chrome Extensions for Designers and Developers

Searching for a tool to make cross-platform design a breeze? Desperate for an extension that helps you figure out the…

Exciting New Tools for Designers, November 2023

We’ve got a mix of handy image helpers, useful design assets, and clever productivity tools, amongst other treats. Some…

The Dangers of Doomscrolling for Designers and How to Break Free

As a creative professional, navigating the digital realm is second nature to you. It’s normal to follow an endless…

From Image Adjustments to AI: Photoshop Through the Years

Remember when Merriam-Webster added Photoshop to the dictionary back in 2008? Want to learn how AI is changing design…

3 Essential Design Trends, November 2023

In the season of giving thanks, we often think of comfort and tradition. These are common themes with each of our three…

30 Obsolete Technologies that will Perplex Post-2000s Kids

Remember the screech of dial-up internet? Hold fond memories of arcade machines? In this list, we’re condensing down 30…