What is Pinball Publishing?
Pinball is a Creative Publishing Company.
Our Portland, Oregon headquarters include an integrated printing plant, design studio, editorial offices, and a book manufacturing facility. Within its walls, we combine craft and ingenuity to produce results of the highest quality.
Fueled by a passion for ink, paper, and collaboration, Pinball powers Scout Books and its editorial arm Good Ink, as well as a variety of custom projects. With all of these endeavors, we use 100% recycled papers, vegetable-based inks, and renewable energy sources.
Over the past decade, we’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of amazing people and businesses all over the world, and logged thousands of hours producing our library of projects.
Our ultimate goal is the manufacture of beautiful, meaningful things. We’d like to work with you next!
What do we do?
Scout Books are a powerful, pocket-friendly publishing platform that allow you to create custom book and notebook projects. Scout Books transform your big ideas into tangible tools for marketing, communication, and notetaking.
Good Ink is the publishing division of Scout Books; a unique venture designed to create new opportunities for contemporary artists, connect with our literary and publishing history, and showcase the power of the Scout Book format.
View some of our favorite projects.
Seeds on Hard Ground
Seeds on Hard Ground: A Chapbook by Tom Waits. (Yes, that Tom Waits.)
Seeds on Hard Ground was inspired by Michael O’Brien’s photographs of the homeless. Designed by Johnny Brewton of X-Ray Book Co., carefully crafted by Pinball and expertly released by the team at Anti-Records, this chapbook’s sales raised nearly $90,000 in assistance for the homeless.
The chapbooks are completely sold out, but you can read a re-arranged version of the poem alongside O’Brien’s portraits in his book Hard Ground.
Good Ink: American Shorts
GOOD INK is the new book imprint of Scout Books; a unique publishing venture designed to create new opportunities for contemporary artists, connect with our literary and publishing history, and showcase the power of the Scout Book format.
Our inaugural series, American Shorts, mines 100 years of the U.S.A.’s literary canon of immortal short stories, from the horrific (“The Fall of the House of Usher”) to the heartwarming (“The Gift of the Magi”), with many stops along the way. Each 32-page volume of the 10-part American Shorts series will pair a classic American author with a modern illustrator, creating a unique artistic collaboration across the years. The books will be released in limited edition, published twice a month from September-December 2011, culminating in a special boxed set release in time for the holidays. A perfect fit for literature lovers, design connoisseurs, or just about anyone who could use a great book for their pocket.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Punch Cards. Brew Guides. Screen Printed signs. Newsletters. Postcards. We’re grateful to have an amazing relationship with Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Postcards for the Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel has locations in Seattle, Portland, New York and Palm Springs. The Portland Ace is located in historic downtown, near Powell’s bookstore, PSU and the Pearl District. It has a charming atmosphere that includes both modern and vintage inspirations. This postcard was designed by the wonderful OMFGco and features a historic illustration of the hotel reproduced in full color process printing on a natural linen paper. You can pick one up in the lobby!
Beer. Wine. Coffee. Cheese. Whiskey. Portland designer Dave Selden of 33Books has built a series of fantastic tasting journals utilizing the Scout Book format.
33 Books are designed for portability, ease of use, and feature a custom flavor wheel to help quickly recall unique flavors long after consumption. They are excellent!
The Sketchbook Project
The Sketchbook Project (run by Art House Co-op in Brooklyn, NY) collects and archives sketchbooks from across the globe. Their collection includes thousands of creative works, which have been catalogued and organized into a traveling exhibition.
In 2011, Scout Books worked in collaboration with Art House Co-op to create a custom-designed sketchbook featuring 100% recycled papers and wire binding.
All images courtesy of the Art House Co-op Blog.
The 826 Pocket Activity Book
826 National is a non-profit tutoring, writing and publishing organization that works with students in urban centers across the country. Started in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, the program has grown to eight locations across the United States and now serves thousands of students with after-school tutoring, in-school workshops, field trips and other programs designed to improve writing skills and create lifelong learners.
In collaboration with illustrator Will Bryant, we created a Pocket Activity guide for 826 National’s after-school programs.
Nikki McClure Posters & Cards
Nikki McClure is a Pacific Northwest artist who creates gorgeous, intricate paper cuts from a single piece of paper with an x-acto knife. Her powerful imagery transfers beautifully to two-color offset printing. Pinball is proud to work with Nikki and Buyolympia to produce beautiful posters, note cards, and art prints featuring an ever-changing array of her illustrations.
Art prints and cards are available from buyolympia.com.
Jill Bliss Posters & Cards
We are lucky to create posters and cards for the talented artist, illustrator, designer and educator Jill Bliss. Together with Jill, we’ve worked to create a meticulous 5-color process that ensures accurate reproduction of the vibrant colors in Jill’s original artwork.
Art prints and cards are available from buyolympia.com.
Doane Paper Goods
We have the pleasure of working with designer Chad Doane to create utility notebooks using his signature lines + grid page design. Printed using vegetable-based inks on Environment PC100 100# Cover and Quinault 60# Text, these notebooks are super hardy and perfectly pocket-sized. Pick up some up in the Doane Shop.
Our Designer Card series features the work of some of our favorite contemporary artists and illustrators on 3.5″x5″ pocket postcards. Each piece utilizes unique paper and printing options—everything from fancy felt weave to hardy chipboard, with fun metallic and fluorescent vegetable-based inks.
These pieces show off our creative approach to the offset printing process, as well as allow us to create stunning pieces of print with some of our favorite makers.
Designer cards feature the work of: APAK, Emily Martin, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Ian Lynam, Lisa DeJohn, Carson Ellis, Melani Brown, PatternPeople, Jess Hirsch, Jill Bliss, Nikki McClure, and Aaron Draplin, among others.
We are an awesome team.
Yup, that’s right—an awesome team of passionate print-lovers who will guide your project to awesome results. We are talented printmakers, writers, artists, illustrators, designers, cross-country cyclists and treehouse builders.
Creative Executive Officer
View some of our clients and collaborators.
Need to get in touch?
In addition to the printed goods available via Scout Books, we’re also excited to collaborate on a small number of custom print projects. Please get in touch with us to discuss your ideas.