A Random Walk

Mark Epstein for the National Graphene Institute


The work of Nobel Prize winning scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov using Graphene, a form of carbon, is causing a stir around the globe. The National Graphene Institute champions the material and its ever-expanding applications and uses. Produced to accompany an exhibition celebrating the creative individuals who research and experiment with this ‘wonder material’, this book is a gift to the delegations of scientists, industrialists and world leaders who regularly visit the institute.


Documentary photographer Mark Epstein told the story of the team behind Graphene though series of short interviews, illustrated with dramatic black and white portraiture. Our challenge was to create a book and a layout that linked the portraits to the roles and to the material itself. We also needed to consider how to create bespoke extras for the book to reflect the importance and significance of VIP recipients.


  • Consultancy to plan the book and exhibition.
  • A ‘tailored’ Hurtwood book using our Landscape format 235 x 300mm.
  • Printed on Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell 176gsm.
  • Bespoke page design and endpapers by Carter Wong Design.
  • Fully bound in Colorado dark grey linen with matt white pigments foil.
  • We employed our own unique, bespoke curves (an image reproduction technique) for the creation of stable and strong black and white images.
  • The paper grain runs parallel to the spine and, along with the use of cold glue, the book opens easily and is fully archival.
  • Presented in a bespoke gift box.