I’m Michelle one of the founders of Crooks Press, I found your post online and I’d like to respond.
We are a small, independent business originally from Melbourne, Australia. We started our career as freelance designers and the publishing company was created in part after we were approached by a number of artist directories. After looking at their product and delivery, we thought we could do it better (and we think we do!) We started the business from home in 2015, and every day since then we’ve been working on how to make it better for the creatives and business we work with. We’re also proud to donate 100% of proceeds from book sales to Book Aid International
For those that don’t know, a creative directory is a publication featuring a selection of artists and designers working in a specific creative discipline. Creative directories are commonly sent to a range of businesses, agencies and brands for free to use as a resource to use to hire external creatives. As the potential clients receive the books free of charge, the production and publication costs are offset by the payment the artist makes to be included in the publication. This is common practice in the industry and other creative directory titles include Luerzers Archive and Workbook.
We take immense pride in the crafting our publications. All Capsules books are hardback directories printed on FSC certified paper stock and housed within a slipcase incorporating foil stamping or embellishments and delivered in bespoke branded mailer packaging. We’ve spent A LOT of time on this, and we think it’s totally worth it - as creatives we know, appearance is everything!
Head over to our website or our Instagram to see testimonials from the creatives we have featured in our books speak for themselves in regard to their experiences and how they have professionally benefitted.
Whilst you’re here - I’d also like to let you know about our range of free artist creative resources including vector and texture packs which you can download with no obligation! They are completely free of charge for you to use commercially and we offer a new pack every month to download. You can access these here: https://capsulesbook.com/resources
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