Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Annoushka Treasure...

This is a beautifully produced catalogue from a leading UK contemporary jewellery brand. Annoushka was founded in 2009 by Annoushka Ducas who was originally one of the founders of Links of London. There are now two London boutiques plus concessions in many luxury shops and hotels including Saks in NY and the Mandarin Oriental in HK.
The size of the catalogue is 165mm square. The cover is printed on Plike Black 330gsm, hot foil blocked in gold foil. The 76pp text is printed on our Omnia 150gsm, which is just simply stunning with the images used.
The pieces, which include many types of precious stones, are all produced from 18 carat gold, hence the way gold reproduces in the printed catalogue is incredibly important. Equally the solid colours, especially black which is used for many of the backgrounds needs to also print superbly ...and as you can see below, it does!
Reproduction of the metallic gold on the Omnia 150gsm is just superb. Excellent detail and a beautiful metallic sheen which is as close as you can get to the real thing.
The quality of the art direction, photography, repro, print and finishing is superb. The paper also happens to have performed brilliantly - fleshtones and jewellery details equally looking superb...
The below image really showing the sort of detail I'm talking about:
Even though it is a small size brochure it flows well and pages turn nicely in the hand.
The spine is 7mm thick and it is perfect bound with PUR glue. A very nice neat job as you can see from the image below.
Creative director is Annoushka Ducas. Graphic design is by the Annoushka in house design team. The excellent print is by CPI Connect with the project handled by James Howe.

Posted by Justin Hobson 20.06.2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

Aldo Filiberto Cards

Aldo Filiberto is renowned portrait photographer and film director specialising in editorial and talent portraiture. His work has appeared in a wide range of newspapers and publications including The Guardian. Originally from Italy, he is now based in the UK.

Fact is the London based studio of Matt Morgan and they created a bold identity for Aldo Filiberto by creating a printed frame over the image.
The series of 2pp, A6 size cards (of which this is just one) are printed on Omnia 320gsm. Unlike many of the printed items featured on this blog, which are printed offset litho, this has been digitally printed on an HP Indigo press. The colours are strong and punchy and the cards have a tactile look and feel. Being a digital print process it also means that small quantities can be printed economically and updated frequently, without the pressure of having to do a large print run.
Although Omnia was never originally developed for digital, we now keep it as a stock item with "sapphire treatment". This treatment is often applied to more unusual papers and provides a "key" so that the inks (which are different to litho inks) work on the paper surface. The great thing is the job just doesn't look and feel like a digital job. Above is a detail shot showing the excellent reproduction in the dark areas.
...and as Matt says in his note "they look great - Fact!" You can read more about the project on the fact website here: https://www.factstudio.co.uk/aldo-filiberto/

Printing is by Identity Print, based in Paddock Wood in Kent.

Posted by Justin Hobson 16.06.2017

Monday, 12 June 2017

COS Greeting cards & wrap

Swedish label COS was launched in 2007 and has since become a real presence on high streets and shopping centres. COS (it stands for Collection of Style) is part of the H&M group which is one of the world's largest retail clothing groups.

Having started purely in clothing, COS now also offers a range of accessories and homeware. This article is about a simple range of greeting cards and wrapping paper.
There are just two designs - a speckled snow scene and a stripe. The size of the wrapping paper is 670x470mm. Printed offset litho in one colour on the front
...and on the inside the FSC credit. The wrapping paper is printed on Shiro Echo, White 90gsm 
The designs are produced on A6 (148x105mm) 4pp cards. The cards are printed offset litho on Shiro Echo, White 300gsm.
The cards come with C6 gummed envelopes, produced from Shiro Echo, White 120gsm
One of the things that it's difficult to show here is just how wonderful the cards feel as the design is superbly embossed. The snow dotty pattern is shown below
...and you can see the rich embossing on the inside of the card below
...and the stripes printed below
with the embossing below
Design is by the in -house design team at COS. Printing is by Severn Print who are based in Gloucester and have a variety of environmental certificates. The project was handled by Anita Barry at Severn Print.
Thanks to Anita for sending me the file copies and the lovely note.

Posted by Justin Hobson 12.06.2017

Thursday, 8 June 2017

OK by Supermundane

I've just received a beautifully produced silkscreen print from Gary Parselle at The Private Press.

This print is one of the series called Editions which is Gary's own collection of exclusive, hand-pulled limited edition screen prints, featuring a carefully chosen selection of artworks by leading contemporary artists. Working collaboratively with the artists, Gary aims to use this series to showcase the possibilities of creative screen printing using interesting inks, papers and techniques.
This print is by Supermundane: “I’m a big fan of screen printing and how physical a process it is. I’ve had the pleasure of working with The Private Press on a few projects in the past so I was excited to be asked to be involved in this new project. My print is part of my on going ‘You Made This’ project which explores our fears and desires. This time I’ve hidden the term OK in there that represents the word and a mouth and body of sorts at the same time."
The print is silkscreen printed in three colours onto our Colorset (100% Recycled) White 270gsm board. The yellow and blue inks overlap and combine to make green in select areas.

The below image shows before and after on the drying rack! On the left - yellow and blue, on the right - overprinting black.
The size of the prints is A2 (420x594mm) and is a limited edition of just 50, signed and numbered by the artist. My thanks to Gary for sending me this print and his lovely note...
The Private Press is a small Brighton-based screen printing company, established in the summer of 2013. The studio was established by Gary Parselle, who has more than 10 years of screen printing experience. Before setting up the Brighton studio, Gary worked extensively in some of London's most renowned graphic design and advertising agencies where he specialised in print production and this is where I met him (...at Interbrand I think). This is the reason that Gary has an in-depth knowledge of print, paper and finishing techniques.

The Private Press specialises in high quality, hand pulled screen prints for artists, illustrators and graphic designers. Below are the other prints from the 'Editions' series...
Posted by Justin Hobson 08.06.2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

Jobs from the past - Number 92

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.

Tuna - Published in 2000
Why is this tin of Tuna appearing on this blog, which is usually about printing? - I hear you ask. Well it might look like an ordinary tin of Tuna, but it's anything but.
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Image showing the bottom of the tin:
This project might look like a humble tin of Tuna, but it is in fact a book published by photographer Marcus Lyon. Photographed in Tsukiji Market, Tokyo in 1999, it tracks a day in the life of the single largest covered market in the world. Tsukiji market in Tokyo is the home of the world famous Tuna auction where much of the world’s blue fin Tuna is sold.
The book has tin plates fixed front and back and is silver edged, which makes for the perfect tin facsimile - it really does look and feel like a tin. To get the rounded shape, the bound book blocks were 'ram-punched' to achieve the rounded corners.
You can see from the images above and below just how good the silver edging looks. The print production was handled by Phil Le Monde at Gavin Martin and I recall Phil telling me at the time that they had tried traditional gilding with silver gilt but it wasn't robust, especially on the spine, so they ended up clamping each book and spraying the edges using silver spray paint for cars!
The below image shows close up detail of the edge, showing the individual pages, but unless you get close and personal, you really can't tell it's a book.
The size of this tin of Tuna is 100x140mm portrait with a depth of 22mm. Including the cover (which have the tin plates affixed) the whole publication is 42pp. The 'pages are made up by 'back to back' laminating sheets together, which then form a 'hinge' which forms the spine - which, as a result, is no thicker than the top, bottom or foredge of the rest of the book. Below image shows the 'spine' which also demonstrates just how well the silver paint has survived.
The below image shows the way the sheets are back to back laminated to form the pages.
...and now for the paper bit! It was printed on a coated paper range of ours called Aerographic Twin 380gsm, which was a two sided coated board range we used to stock made by Tullis Russsell, who sadly went bust in 2015. The bulky board laminated together makes each page 900micron thick.
The publication is printed CMYK throughout, the images having all been printed in mono. The result is an amazingly evocative set of images of the market throughout the day...
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I had no idea that Tuna fish were so large
The timeline and credits for the publication are listed on the inside back cover, as is the limited edition number - this was an edition of 100. Now it turns out that my 'file copy' is un-numbered which either makes it worthless or worth more!
This project was recently shown as part of an exhibition in San Francisco in 2015 at RayKo Photo Centre. As part of the exhibition, they made this video which shows the project page by page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9O5KulyVmE

The project was designed by The Partners and the lead creative designer on the project was Greg Quinton. The team credited in the book is as follows: Kaz Naito, Julia Pae, Matthew Stuart, Dana Robertson, Greg Quinton, Tony de Ste Croix, Christina Boyes, Kumiko Yamamura, Louise Irving, Kevin Leighton, Hannah Davies and Kirsten Young.

Print and most importantly the amazing production is by Gavin Martin Colournet with Phil Le Monde handling the project.

The project was the subject of much coverage in the design press and appeared in many awards. It was highly commended in the Design Week Awards 2002, New York Art Directors Club Gold, 2002 and it was published in the D&AD book 2001.

A truly amazing project - I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing about it.

Published by Justin Hobson 05.06.2017