The reflection of crop marks: Marginalized labor

Poster. 2007/2008

Crop marks are typically used to trim the bleeding edges off of printed pages. It’s a method for keeping pictures, pages, colors cut to the exact specifications of a designer and for the consistency of the formal appearance of that printed matter. A colophon page represents some of the finer details that went into the production of the associated printed matter. But sometimes, the colophon also represents a division in labor in terms of the printing process. This division of labor shows that some of the efforts going into the book are marginalized within this mass production system. I have used here crop marks is a signifier that my own laboring has the potential to be marginalized.

There are several options to select crop marks within the printing system. These marks similar cut out some important details that shed light on the labor involved to print a particular piece. Some of this information that is trimmed, is actual time data revealing when when and by whom a particular document was printed. By separating my labor and production from the actual work, I become an author. Thus, the evidence of my laboring similarly disappears as it does in a mass production system. This poster examines both my marginalized labor and the anonymous printers’ work as well. I constantly work and print, but my laboring is never revealed. I use crop marks in a poster as a metaphor of the larger marginalized labor process.

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 Marginalized labor     
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 Process 01. Options of crop marks     
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 Process 02. The crop marks