Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Edinburgh Napier University 2017 Prospectus

Edinburgh Napier University is home to over 19,500 students from over 140 countries. Established in 1964, Napier now boasts six specialist schools, each an impressive institution in its own right, with world-class facilities, academics, researchers and international links.
This article is about the nine individual prospectuses they have produced for the 2017 academic year, each one for a separate school or course selection and each of these books is very special indeed!
Click on images to enlarge each of the books has a section with all the course information printed on a different colour of our Colorset 100% Recycled text, as you can see from the images below:
The books are all 235x165mm, which is an economical format on a B1 press using B1 size paper. They are portrait and are perfect bound. The prospectuses vary in pages from 50pp up to 82pp using a mixture of 115gsm uncoated offset paper printed litho in CMYK and Colorset in one colour litho (black)
Computing - Colorset Lemon
Engineering & the Built Environment - Colorset Lime
Criminology, Psycology & Law - Colorset Light Grey

Tourism - Colorset Mango
Business & Languages - Colorset Acquamarine
Arts & Media - Colorset Solar

Design - Colorset Pink Ice
Health & Social Care - Colorset Light Blue
Life & Sport Sciences - Colorset Spring Green
So what we have here is a really special collection of prospectus books. The self coloured text pages make each individual book clear and engaging - giving power and clarity to the text.
The books are all perfect bound (it's not possible to section sew with the variables in the quantity of pages)
Art direction and design is by the Marketing, Brand and Communication Department at Edinburgh Napier University.

Print and production is by J. Thomson Colour Printers in Glasgow and they have made a superb job of both the print and finishing.
Posted by Justin Hobson 15.02.2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Coast Lookbook SS|16

Established in 1996, Coast is one of the leading occasionwear brands for women. Coast now boasts 52 stand-alone stores with 184 concessions and 46 international stores. This is the lookbook forSpring Summer last year and is a really superb piece of literature
The cover is printed on our Astralux board - this is a one sided 'Cast Coated' board which means it has a high gloss surface and an uncoated reverse. The outside cover is completely unprinted and features just the most amazingly executed blind emboss - see the detail below:
The cover is printed on Astralux [1 sided] 350gsm. Size of the publication is 240x170mm (which is an economical size to be printed on a B2/B1 size press). The below image shows the inside front cover printed on the uncoated side of the Astralux opposite page one of text, which is all printed on Omnia.
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The text material chosen was our Omnia, which would beautifully reproduce the photography with the delicate patterns and dark colours superbly - without forgetting the fleshtones ...and it looks wonderful! The 42pp text is on Omnia White 150gsm, printed offset litho in CMYK throughout.
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There are four translucent paper section dividers throughout the publication, printed offset litho in one colour on Spectral, White 130gsm.
Image reproduction is paramount but it was also important that the publication also projected the tactility of the clothes and in the image above and below the detail of the handbag and the extraordinary reproduction of the metallic gold. An ordinary feeling silk or gloss coated paper wasn't an option, so Omnia fitted the bill perfectly.
Omnia is a very bulky paper, so even though it is only 42pp, the Omnia 150gsm gives it a 5mm spine thickness. With most publications of this quality, they are section sewn, however because of the 'tip ins' on the translucent, this book is perfect bound. Below is a close up showing the spine and end of the book:
Another impressive detail is on the outside back cover which is neatly embossed in type which can be no larger than twelve point and which you can see from the image below is beautifully executed - great attention to detail.
Art direction and design is by Coast. Printing, neat embossing and careful finishing is by Identity Print based in Paddock Wood.

Posted by Justin Hobson 09.02.2017

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Quaderno Notebooks

RISOTTO is a risograph print and design specialist based in Glasgow established by Gabriella Marcella. Riso printing has grown in popularity and is probably the cheapest of the "craft" printing techniques, enabling entry level creative projects to happen. You can read more about Riso printing here: 

Risotto has produced this lovely series of eight "Quaderno" notebooks using our Colorset 100% Recycled 270gsm for the cover materials.
Size of these super little notebooks is 180mm x140mm. The 4pp covers are on Colorset and there is a 40pp text. Covers are printed in just one colour (black) on front cover and the reverse
Below image shows detail of the imperfectly perfect result that you achieve with Riso printing. The effect is like a cross between letterpress and silkscreen.
The text pages are printed in a different style for each book.
The notebooks are saddle stitched and well finished.
Thanks to Gabriella for sending me copies and the lovely note...
You can buy the notebooks individually or by the set here:

...and you can find more about Risotto and the Riso print studio here:
Posted by Justin Hobson 07.02.2017

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Jobs from the past - Number 88

Regular followers of this blog will know that my first post of every month is a "job from the past" so that I can show some of the really good work from years gone by.

Orla Kiely Spring/Summer 2008
Orla Kiely is the London based fashion designer, who's name has become synonymous with colour and pattern. She has created an instantly recognisable brand, in part due to her trademark print, the retro-tinged "Stem" graphic which is found on many items from clothing and accessories to homewares.
This is the invitation to the Spring/Summer 2008 private view. The size is 148x210mm folding out to 592x420mm (A2). 
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Printed offset litho in just two colours, fluorescent orange one side and a dark gold/brown special on the reverse 
It is printed on our Offenbach Bible 60gsm and it looks and feels gorgeous. The format, combined with the paper, gives the publication a light, malleable, tactile feel and as I'm sure you can see from the above image, the solid is amazing ...on 60gsm! flows and flops beautifully
Design was by the in-house design team at Orla Kiely. Designer on the project was Mary Leonard. Print is by Gavin Martin Colournet.

...yet another one of those projects that looks as fantastic now as it did ten years ago!
Posted by Justin Hobson 02.02.2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Balvac 80th Anniversary

The use of concrete doesn't sound like the most exciting of subjects, but this book is about exactly that and it is a fascinating story.

Established in 1933, Balvac is a leading specialist contractor undertaking repair, strengthening, refurbishment and protection of civil and building structures throughout the UK. Their work includes road and rail bridges, tunnels, highways, marine structures, power stations, water treatment works, multi-storey car parks, residential and commercial buildings, and heritage structures. They are now part of the Balfour Beatty group.
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The size of the publication is 245x180mm, portrait. The cover is printed on our Colorset Light Grey 350gsm, with a 56pp text printed on Omnia 150gsm

Designer on the project is Paul Grogan whilst at Manchester agency Make Complex Simple. The piece is profiled on his website as "a design project to make concrete sexy". Paul goes on to say... "It was a graphic designers dream. All this amazing source material to play with. The only problem was there was just too much to play with. The after wading through countless stories, news clippings and slides, we were finally able to agree a budget and page plan. The stories include the famous Summit tunnel fire in Lancashire, secret bank buildings, and a stolen dogs ear!"

The cover is beautifully blind embossed and it works perfectly with the black binding tape around the spine.
The cover has 135mm wide flaps on the inside front and back covers, which covers up the embossing on the inside. It also gives a "limp bound" publication, such as this, a "bookier" feel.
Below shows detail of the black binding tape around the spine.
The book is organised into spreads which tell a particular story, either of the company
...of a product, this is about Gunite
or of particular projects
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The text is printed offset litho on Omnia, which looks and feels just beautiful. It perfectly shows the images, illustrating the stories - lots of detail and excellent reproduction and great solids - no patchiness or mottle. It is totally in sympathy with the rough concrete interiors - tactile and engaging.
The binding is section sewn and below shows the detail:
The publication is made from just the right weights, it flows in the hand and the pages turn over easily.
Photography is by Claire Wood Photography. Printing and finishing is by Galloways Printers in Poynton. You can read more about this project here:
Posted by Justin Hobson 31.01.2017