Friday, 22 July 2016

Royal Ascot Festival Guide

188 Bet is an international betting website based in the Isle of Man. They cover sporting events and also offer casino, poker and bingo online. As an online company, they rarely commit to paper, but for the occasion of Royal Ascot, they produced this festival guide for their customers, which also included some exclusive offers.
The outer folder is hot foil blocked in metallic copper foil with the company logo and is printed on Colorset Natural 270gsm
...which folds out to a 6pp folder like so:
The middle panel has a tipped on page which is printed on the same material as the booklet. On the right hand side there is an open sided pocket, with logo shaped die cut, which holds the booklet in place. Here is the booklet out of the pocket:
The booklet is 140mm square, it has a 4pp cover on Colorset Natural 270gsm, which is hot foil blocked to match the folder.
Inside is a 16pp text which is printed on our Stardream, Crystal 120gsm. Stardream has a pearlescent finish, which when printed on makes the whole image pearlescent.
...hopefully you can just about see the reflective pearlescent effect on the below image:
The brochure was produced and printed by Herts and Essex printers who are based in Hertford. The text is actually digitally printed on their Nexpress - which interestingly can print up to a size of 340x905mm.
Posted by Justin Hobson 22.07.2016

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Sprayed Catalogue

Now this is going to be quite a long article, but as it's almost certainly the best piece of work that's appeared on this blog this year, I make no apologies....
This is the sublime catalogue produced to accompany last Summer's exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London, called Sprayed. I wrote about the invitations, earlier this year.
This extensive exhibition spanning four generations explores the myriad ways in which artists have employed the impulsive yet de-personalized and non-gestural forces of spray. It begins with Paul Klee's work on paper Seltsames Theater (1929), where he improvised with a blowpipe to achieve hazy background effects in a circus scene. This tentative experiment presaged the bold and diverse artistic licence that would come with the post-war advent of aerosol paint as a consumer product and the use of the industrial paint compressor. (Gagosian)
Size of the catalogue is 295x250mm, portrait. It contains 232 pages in total and remarkably contains 16 different colours of our Colorset 120gsm, as text pages. 
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The below image of the fore-edge of the catalogue gives you some idea of just how much colour is in the whole publication.
The majority of the artists work is printed on a Gloss coated paper, called Garda Gloss 170gsm, with the Colorset pages used for references, quotations and also for reproducing some images, as in the pic above, where the right hand page is printed on Colorset Natural.
 Below image showing Pantone 877U (Silver) printed on Colorset Nero 120gsm
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To further complicate the collation and binding, there are a number of 'throw-outs' throughout the catalogue.
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The below image shows the acknowledgements and publishers information - printed on Colorset Indigo (in Pantone silver 877U) and Colorset Ash120gsm
The exhibition features works from over fifty artists and is organised by Jona Lueddeckens and Greg Bergner. There are two essays: Conjugating Spray by John Corbett and Aerosol by Nicholas de Monchaux. The below image shows Aerosol, printed in Blue 072U.
The 8pp cover is also printed on our Colorset Nero 270gsm and was specifically ordered as a 'Short Grain' sheet so the grain direction is correct. The 'jacket' only appears on the front of the book and is affixed along the spine, wrapping around the cover with the flap tucking inside the front cover. The jacket is printed on Chorus Lux Silk 130gsm.
The pictures below attempt to show the way the jacket works...
The job is PUR bound, showing the colourful contents superbly:
Design is by Graphic Thought Facility in London. They regularly produce publications for the Gagosian and you can see many other superb catalogues on their website. I doubt I could do justice in attempting to explain the way in which GTF crafted this catalogue. I will however, just explain that to accomplish this masterpiece, they produced litho printed proofs on more than the 16 colours of paper they ended up using - proofs that were CMYK and also in four special colours - pictured below.
Of course it goes without saying that this result was only possible thanks to the relationship that GTF has with the printer of the project, Pureprint. To have met the exacting standards of reproduction for the gallery and each of the artists involved plus producing over half the book on a multiple of different coloured papers is really quite some achievement. The whole project was printed Offset Litho in CMYK and, according to my notes special colours!
Posted by Justin Hobson 19.07.2016

Friday, 15 July 2016


Archive Homestore and Kitchen is a design-led lifestyle store offering a unique and fresh collection of interesting and beautiful homewares, stationery, bits and pieces for children, food and drink. The outlet is located in a former military arch space in Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour. Archive particularly showcases and champions Kent’s designers, makers, growers and producers and they also do amazing lunches and lots of cake.
BOB  Design named this Kentish treasure trove and created its visual identity — an arch housing all forms of form and all forms of fun ...and this is where the paper comes in! the swing tags, price tickets, cards and menu sheets are all printed on our Plexus 350gsm, which is a rich, recycled, brown coloured board.
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 They have all been silkscreen printed by Harvey Lloyd Screenprint, who have made a beautiful job of printing the many different vibrant and mainly fluorescent, colours.
Transformation of the space is by Haptic, a firm of Architects who have appeared on this blog many times before. Bob Design applied the identity throughout the interior and across print and web and you can see more on this link:

Design is by BOB Design in London. Creative Director is Mireille Burkhardt. Print is by Harvey Lloyd Screenprint.
Posted by Justin Hobson 15.07.2016

Thursday, 14 July 2016

ISTD Student Awards 2016

Last Friday, I was invited to  the ISTD Student awards ceremony, hosted by Pentagram at their studio in Notting Hill with one of the newest partners Luke Powell, presenting the certificates to the successful students and tutors.

It was a beautiful summer evening, and as with all ISTD events it was a very warm and friendly occasion with beer, wine and nibbles all laid on.
This presentation evening was for the main Student Assessment scheme held in the UK and Ireland. Students from Universities and Institutions around the UK and Ireland answered a number of briefs written by the ISTD's Education team. This is an international education scheme and the assessments for other regions of the globe are on-going and in fact on Friday, there were two awards made to two young ladies who came all the way from Sri Lanka – Sushanthi Dissanayake and Fathimah Azmah Nihar from Academy of Design, Columbo, Sri Lanka.
ISTD organisers and board members, Freda Sack and John Paul Dowling (education director) talked through the judging process and gave their thanks to the tutors, without whom the scheme would surely flounder. 
Awards being presented by Luke Powell:
 Importantly, there were two commendations awarded to Chia-Lin Lin (who also picked up the Vincent Steer award) from London college of communication (LCC - tutor: Tony Pritchard) and Emile Toledo from University of West England, Bristol - tutor: Gabriel Solomons.
My thanks to the ISTD board for inviting me and as I have said many times on this blog before, it's very important to support organisations such as the ISTD and events such as this. A big thank you to all those members of the ISTD who freely give their time for the benefit of others, in particular, Freda Sack, who has been such an important figure in the society for so many years.
Posted by Justin Hobson 14.07.2016 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

SWD - Design for the Arts

SWD is a graphic design company based in Holborn London. They have a wide and varied client base and their work covers an extensive range of disciplines. This piece of literature is one of a series of promotional pieces - and this one is particularly aimed at 'Design for the Arts' where they have  broad experience.
Printed offset Litho in CMYK plus a special pale green. It's printed on Omnia 120gsm, which gives it a lovely tactile feel but the images have reproduced superbly. Finished size of the piece is 140mm square.
Folding out to 420mm...
and out again...
to reveal the centre spread - an image promoting The Rabbit Hole at the Hampstead Theatre.
Below image shows the reverse of the mailer.

Design is of course by SWD, Creative Director is Shaun Webb. Printing is by Chadbon Printing based in London.
Posted by Justin Hobson 12.07.2016