Friday, 28 January 2011

Brighton 2010

I am attempting (in vain!) to clear some of the lovely things I've been sent in 2010 and not had a chance to write up on the blog yet.

This is an exceptionally well put together catalogue produced by the graduating students of 2010 from Brighton University - Illustration and Graphic Design.
Size is 165x220mm Portrait (economical out of B1) with a 4pp cover and a 144pp text and is section sewn. Cover is on Colorset Nero, 270gsm, hot foil blocked in a irridescent silver foil. Text is printed CMYK on Redeem 100% Recycled 100gsm. It shows an incredibly diverse range of work - and it does it really well - both illustration and photographic images working really well on the Redeem. It was printed by the eponymous Push.

And thanks to Joe Spiteri, Pete Dungey, Tom van de Velde and Millie Scarlett Davies who designed, art directed and produced the publication and did all the hardwork on behalf of everyone else on the course to put together this superb catalogue ...and thanks for the kind dedication as well:
Posted by Justin Hobson 28.01.2011

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Thank you for a thank you!

Earlier today I popped in to deliver some sample sheets that were needed for an urgent presentation to &Smith and was thanked in return by being given some very swanky bottles of a very posh brew!

They kindly put together a pack of beer which had been specially brewed for Coworth Park, a luxury hotel (part of the Dorchester collection) that &Smith did all the branding for ...including the labels on these lovely bottles of beer!

I haven't tried them yet (saving that for the weekend) but it was lovely to receive them from Rachel and Co as a thank you.

Interestingly, the beer is actually brewed at the Red Rat Craft Brewery in Suffolk and as I hadn't heard of them, I had a quick look on google and discovered that it is owned by brewer Kevin McHenry and Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame!

And many congratulations to Anna on getting engaged at the New Year.
Posted by Justin Hobson 27.01.2011

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Tate Britain Invitations

Following my post about the lovely Gauguin invitations last September for the private view at Tate Modern, here are two equally lovely private view invitations for Tate Britain. Rachel Whiteread Drawings and Eadweard Muybridge. Both were printed on our sturdy Omnia 320gsm and which (as you can see) faithfully reproduces the artists work and of course the solids... 
The invites are A5 size and 2pp. The above pics shows front and back. Designer is Michael Windsor-Ungureanu and the print production is by Push.
Posted by Justin Hobson 25.01.2011

Monday, 24 January 2011

Maurice Payne Colourprint founder dies

It was announced in Printweek today that Maurice Payne, founder of Theale, Reading-based Maurice Payne Colourprint, died this weekend (22 January), following a long illness.

He started his career in print in the late 1960s, founding Maurice Payne Colourprint in 1983. During his 27 years at the company he secured a number of firsts, including the UK's first five-colour press (yep, back in those days four colour presses were the norm) and the world's first installation of two 12-colour perfectors.

Although I didn't know Maurice Payne personally, he was certainly a legend in the UK print market. Our sympathies go to his family.

You can read more:
Posted by Justin Hobson 24.01.2011

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Granite Colour goes into Liquidation.

Sad news yesterday, as Printweek reported that Granite, a printing company based in Leigh on Sea in Essex, has gone into Liquidation (in laymans terms that means they've gone bankrupt).

It's very sad news as they have been an excellent quality print company in the design and corporate sector. In fact only last year, they won the award for "Brochure printer of the year" and "Report and Accounts printer of the year". Below are pictured Danny Kirk, Trevor Buck and Mark Shields accepting the awards (Hugh Dennis didn't work for them, he was giving out the awards!)
Last year they bought Good News Press which went badly wrong and ended up with Good News Press going bankrupt in August and being closed down leaving large debts to many suppliers.

I have worked on some very nice projects with Granite in days gone by, including the Rainforest Action Network job which won a Designweek award and other pieces which have appeared on this blog. They were an excellent printers, so I hope that all the staff are able to find new employment and that their suppliers haven't been too badly hit.

If you want to read more about it, here's a link:
Posted by Justin Hobson 20.01.2011

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

CIA Calendar 2011

This is a really lovely desk calendar produced by the Central Illustration Agency (CIA). There are 52 illustrations (one per week) and all the illustrations all relate to this years theme "If I were..."

The job is printed in four colours (CMYK) but it's been produced very well given the vibrant reproduction achieved. The cover is printed with a fluorescent pink and is Lasercut on our Astralux [1 sided] 250gsm and is designed by Kai and Sunny.
The 140mm square calendar is printed on our, 100% recycled, Colorset Light Grey 120gsm and the "tent card" (which is the commonly used term for the supporting cardboard frame) is made from a sturdy sheet of Trojan Whiteback 510gsm (below pic):
Production (at the CIA) was dealt with by the lovely Jules Beazley. Design is by Staziker Jones and print is by Hartleywilprint based in Wales.
Posted by Justin Hobson 19.01.2011

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Do I push Push?

Over the past few months I've had a couple of people ask me if I have some sort of "tie-up" or "special realationship" with London based printer, Push. So I thought I'd take the opportunity to explain what the score is!

I am happy to have a very good working relationship with the people at Push but not necessarily any better than many other printers that we work with and I know we aren't anywhere close to being their biggest supplier. "So why is their work always appearing on this blog?" I hear you ask. Well the truth is, they do produce nice work BUT the most important factor is they take the time and trouble to send me file copies when they have used our papers.

Generally speaking, a designer that I've been working on a project with, will send me some file copies (as you witness here on this blog) for which I'm very grateful. However, sometimes I find out about work done using our paper by accident or a casual "oh yes, we used your stuff on that job a couple of months ago" or even when I get told "I threw away that box of file copies printed on your stuff, just last week" (...Tom - you know who you are!).

So here's an example of what Push do: A nice note from Emma, sent to me with some file copies...
This particular job is a series of five invitations for the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) annual Scholars Exhibition. They are 406x288mm folding down to 203x144mm, printed CMYK and are really excellent printed samples on our Redeem 100% Recycled 70gsm
This was followed up a few weeks later with another note with some file copies of the catalogue:
The catalogue shows the work of the five artists and very cleverly utilises each individual printed (bound) section as a section for each artist. This is done by having a section sewn text with "open" binding. What has been cleverly devised with this piece is by mounting the text to the inside back cover of a loose 4pp cover (in a similar way that "swiss binding" works), it has protected the open binding and gives the catalogue an added degree of interest. Each of the colours on the introduction page match up with the individual sections.

Size is 143x205mm. 4pp cover is on Redeem 100% Recycled 240gsm and the 88pp text is on Redeem 70gsm. Designing a catalogue for an exhibition showing such a wide variety of work from different artists is not an easy task but designer Joseph Pochodzaj has made a really excellent job of this publication.
So, that brings me to the end of this piece about whether I push Push!  I write this blog to showcase the projects that use our papers and inevitably I can only write about projects if I actually know about them. So to the people that mentioned about me pushing a particular printer - Stop ya moaning, use some of our papers and most importantly, send me some copies!
PS - Thanks to Emma at Push for sending me the file copies.
Posted by Justin Hobson 18.01.2011

Friday, 14 January 2011

V&A and me

Here's a job which started life with a brief of a single sheet of paper folded in a seemingly random way (for which I was sent a pdf) like this:
Well that's how this amazing job for the V&A started for me. Michael Johnson and the Johnson Banks studio created this idea for display at the V&A museum during the London Design Festival last year. 

Many creatives find the V&A influential, so the idea to create different maps of the museum, based on notable people’s favourite items was conceived. This set of "maps" was devised for the project and ten different creative people were picked. The maps were then displayed on an exhibition stand.

...and this is how they turned out:
Size is A2 (420x594mm) folded to an unmeasurable size! An open example showing the inside:
...and how they are all displayed on the stand:

From a material point of view it was important to select a material which was substantial enough to take a machine crease but which was light enough so that the final fold wasn't too 'springy'. We made several dummies on a variety of different materials and StarFine White 100gsm was selected because it had the right feel and a good opacity.

Print production was by Gavin Martin Associates and so was the excellent print finishing. The complexity of this folding shouldn't be underestimated plus they had to be accurately punched.

Creative Director on the project was Michael Johnson. Senior Designer was Julia Woollams and the placement paper engineer busy folding up sheets of paper for days on end was Bethan Jones.

You can read more about the project and see more pics on the following link:
Posted by Justin Hobson 14.01.2011

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Rule Book

When someone is made a Freeman of the City of London they are presented with a small book entiltled: Rules for the Conduct of Life. This book was written by a former Lord Mayor, Sir John Barnard (circa 1740).

St Lawrence Jewry is the official Church of the City of London Corporation and ArthurSteenHorneAdamson were commissioned to produce a new design for the publication of this modern version.
Although there is only one book, they produced a series of eleven different coloured dustjackets (8pp) which wrap around the "real" 4pp cover and which makes a set. Each dustjacket is titled differently referring to a particular rule inside. The dustjackets are tint layed, printed in CMYK all on Colorset White 120gsm. The generic 4pp cover is on Colorset Bright Red 270gsm and hot foil blocked in gold metallic foil. The 64pp text (which looks beautiful) is printed on Offenbach Bible 60gsm.  The text was printed as CMY and used PANTONE black 3U as the 4th colour to get the crispest text. The text was printed in four colour, not because there are any pictures or illustrations, the text is all in crisp black and red, but there are some divider pages between sections which again are tint layed solids - they adjusted on press the mix for the divider pages to closely match the dustjackets. The size is A6 portrait. A well thought out and very cost effective solution.
Design is by AthurSteenHorneAdamson. Creative director is Marksteen Adamson, designer was Joe Hole and the project manager was Katy Hudson. The excellent print and production, including foiling, is by R.Young and Sons, based in Croydon. They are one of the few printers who have their own hot foiling machinery.

Although this may seem like a very old fashioned set of rules, they are amazingly pertinent to today's life. Rule 24 looks like it was especially written for me: "If you are very busy, don't panic: sort out the priorities and do one thing at a time". Easy to say, not so easy to do!
Posted by Justin Hobson 12.01.2011

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

SV Two Digital in Liquidation

It was reported in Printweek last week, that London-based Digital printer SV Two Digital has gone into liquidation less than six months after its litho sister company (Quantum Print UK) but which traded as SV2, closed. The printer, based in Beckenham has gone into liquidation owing more than £1million (wowee!) to creditors and with 12 jobs lost.
Many people in the design community will have known the SV2 name and the personalities behind the company, William Fletcher, Duncan Summers, Nicolas Ide and Rob Phillips.

You can
Posted by Justin Hobson 11.01.2011

Monday, 10 January 2011

I saw three ships come sailing by...

Here's one of the lovely pieces that I received at Christmas. Printed on Offenbach Bible 60gsm. To tie in with the ships theme, each of three ships is printed in a different colour, it is printed offset litho - and the colours are overprinted which also creates the effect of more colours.
Fenner Paper also supplied the snazzy C5 envelopes as well!
Overprinting (colour on top of another colour) was commonplace back in the days of letterpress, and when creating colours out of CMYK was very expensive. However it's a process which is rather forgotten nowadays - probably because it's nigh on impossible to create digitally and the results can only be seen on the press when it's actually being printed. Many people would wrongly assume that it's been printed silkscreen - but you wouldn't get the effect because (in general) Litho inks are transparent and silkscreen inks are opaque.

Design is by Maddison Graphic based in Ely and litho printing is by Identity in Paddock Wood in Kent.
Posted by Justin Hobson 10.01.2011

Thursday, 6 January 2011

The new It's Nice That...

Just received the January Newsletter about the tweaks on the "It's Nice That" site including the new listings section ...check it out:
Posted by Justin Hobson 06.01.2011