Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Univeral Works S|S 2017

https://www.universalworks.co.uk/Universal Works produce contemporary menswear. From their beginnings working from a kitchen table in 2008, their clothing has a following and is now stocked from Los Angeles to Seoul, with three of their own shops in London and Nottingham.

I've written many posts on this blog which includes the phrase "...just the cover makes the difference!" ...and this is one of those pieces of work. The whole job is superb but the cover is really stunning.
Size of the book is 297x210mm (A4) portrait. The cover is printed offset Litho in one colour (black) on our Colorset Bright Red 270gsm (100% Recycled). The book is completely unbound, just relying on the fold on the spine holding it all together - some people see this as a brave move and designers often feel their clients won't go for it, but on some projects (such as this) it just works....
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Another really interesting facet of this job is the use of our Offenbach Bible 60gsm as a completely unprinted flysheet. It beautifully layers the text and conveys an understated quality - not over the top , just a nice little addition which, being unprinted, is also particularly economical!
If you click on the image above, you'll be able to clearly see the Universal works logo showing through.
The unbound 24pp text is printed offset litho in CMYK on PhoeniXmotion Xantur 115gsm and because it is unbound, it can be mixed up, used individually and even stuck on the wall.
The below image shows the way Offenbach Bible works on the inside back cover
Outside back cover....
Design is by Nottingham based Waste Studio.  Print is by Pureprint with Rob Squires handling the project.
Posted by Justin Hobson 23.08.2016

Friday, 19 August 2016

Jimmy Choo - Bridal 2016

Founded in 1996, Jimmy Choo is now an iconic luxury fashion brand defined by an empowered sense of glamour and a confident sense of style. This is the beautiful new brochure for the 2016 bridal range....
The size is 210x148mm (A5) portrait and is saddle stitched. The publication has a 4pp cover with a 16pp text.
The 4pp cover is printed on our Omnia 280gsm. The cover is printed CMYK on the outside cover and is unprinted on the inside covers. The front cover is embossed where the Jimmy Choo brandmark appears - unfortunately my photographic skills (and equipment!) mean I can't capture this, however the image below shows the embossing as it appears on the inside front cover. Omnia is a very bulky sheet, so it embosses superbly, taking a deep embossing superbly.
The 16pp text is also printed on our Omnia in 120gsm. The weights are just right, 280gsm and 120gsm combination opening nicely with the pages turning well.
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It is printed offset litho in four colour process throughout. As always (...this is the plug for the paper!) the images look superb on the Omnia; the fleshtones and the reproduction of the voile, jewels and metallic images is great - keeping all the detail in those heavy areas of CMYK together with uncoated paper tactility which would be lost on other papers.
...below is a small detail from the spread above - superb reproduction.
Another piece of nice detailing is the use of copper wire on the saddle stitching - just a lovely touch -not a high cost extra, but demonstrates great attention to detail.
Art direction and design is by the design studio at Jimmy Choo and the designer on the project is Sinnie Chong. The peerless print and print production is by Gavin Martin Colournet.

Posted by Justin Hobson 19.08.2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Big Book Bonanza Catalogue 2016

The Big Book Bonanza is the showcase of new books from Harper Collins and this is the 2016 catalogue. I wrote about the  bewitching invitation for the launch at the Ham Yard Hotel here.
The catalogue is 148x265mm, Landscape and is saddle stitched.
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The catalogue has a 4pp cover with a 56pp text, all printed on Colorset Natural 350gsm (cover) and 120gsm (text) printed offset litho in CMYK throughout.
The illustrations commissioned for the catalogue reproduce superbly on the Colorset Natural and is bright and vivid, the colours really lifting off the page.
Bearing in mind this job is printed on Colorset Natural, which is our 100% recycled coloured paper range which doesn't have any particular surface enhancements for printing, the areas of solid CMYK black look amazing:
The 4pp cover is blind embossed, where the text and filigree for the "garden gate", which is where on the invitation, the same area was lasercut - unfortunately this isn't something that you can photograph!
Colorset is a bulky paper, so with a 56pp text, this is about as much as you can really use with a saddle stitched binding. It works, but if it were any more pages, it would be too "gappy" in the centre.
Art direction and design is by London based studio, Design by St. Creative Partners are Steve Fenn and Tom Pollard. The excellent print and production is by Hampshire based Senator Press.

Posted by Justin Hobson 16.08.2016

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Ace Sandbanks brochure

Situated on the illustrious Sandbanks peninsula, ACE is a collection of nine three- and four-bedroom apartments offering views across Poole Harbour and out to sea. With a curved, panelled fa├žade and light spaces, the landmark building has been inspired by the area’s yachting heritage. The open-plan apartments have spacious living areas with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies that take advantage of the far-reaching coastal views.
This is the absolutely fabulous sales literature produced for the development which is completing this month. Size of the brochure is A3 (420x297mm) portrait and is a 36pp 'self cover' on Omnia 120gsm and is saddle stitched.
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The apartments at ACE benefit from a private gym, pool, jacuzzi, sauna and private outdoor terrace, whilst also having direct access onto Sandbanks beach. It was important that the images showing the exteriors, interiors, beach shots etc. all reproduced superbly, while still having a tactile uncoated look and feel - and this is where Omnia has really performed...
The mono image with a blue cast looks amazing
The quality of reproduction of the interiors is wonderfully impressive with metallic fittings looking metallic and a photographic quality to the images.
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Floorplans have a tint (made out of all four colours) which is even and matt, allowing the reversed out white areas to "jump out".
The large A3 format size with the 120gsm Omnia and the saddle stitched binding make the whole property brochure 'flop' in a beautiful way. The pages turn easily and it flows superbly in the hand, as I hope the image below demonstrates:
Another point worthy of note is the logo on the front cover is gloss UV varnished. Unlike most uncoated products, you can successfully gloss UV varnish on this paper (with a single hit) and it works really well - as you can see in the below pic...
Art direction and design is by London based branding agency Smith Dawson. Print and print production is by Push Print based in London. Printed offset litho in four colour process.
Posted by Justin Hobson 11.08.2016

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


Although not actually about a Fenner Paper product, I thought this was such a noteworthy project, that I must write about it....
Animail is a set of six animal stamps designed for the Royal Mail to appeal to children and adults alike. The creatures' hands, feet or tails are designed to fold around the edge of envelopes, giving them the appearance of holding on to the post.
Image courtesy of Osborne Ross
The instructions about how to fold them over the edge of the envelope is on the reverse of the stamp pack, pictured in the image below
The project commissioned by the Royal Mail was designed by our friends at Osborne Ross, a design studio based in West London. Design partners are Deborah Osborne and Andrew Ross You can read more about the project here:

Image courtesy of Osborne Ross
Postcards are also available to buy from post offices (which I did!). You see, design can be fun!
...and you maybe one of the lucky ones who receives some samples from us with an added bit of fun! As you can see, we've been monkeying about with these in our post room! (actually, I think that should be Orangutaning around)
Posted by Justin Hobson 09.08.2016

Friday, 5 August 2016

Ruder Finn Brand Manual

Ruder Finn is one of the world's largest independent global communications and creative agencies with dual headquarters in the U.S. and China. Founded in 1948 the company also has offices in London, Singapore and India. 

The London office has recently moved and expanded their creative department and this is a project I was recently involved with - a very simple but effective piece of literature. Simply produced to explain their new branding internally, they decided that they would produce a piece of print rather than just distributing the information as a pdf.
Finished size is A5. The format is a long concertina, being an 8pp concertina fold. The flat size is 592x 210mm.
The material chosen is our Redeem 100% Recycled 80gsm. If you are not familiar with the paper, Redeem is at best, off white and 100% recycled and 80gsm, so the feel that the paper exudes is one of simplicity and purposefulness. Due to the small quantity required, it was printed digitally and the reproduction is superb.
Designed in house at Ruder Finn in London. Design Director is Alexandra Boylan, designer on the project is Jamie Buswell.

Repro, print and finishing is by Kent based Zone Graphics .
Posted by Justin Hobson 05.08.2016