Tuesday, 25 July 2017


Verge is the name of the collaborative exhibition showing the work of the graduates from the 2016 BA Honours Photography course at the University of Portsmouth. The exhibition was held at Hoxton Arches in London in June 2016 and included a panel discussion on Collaborative Practice after University held on the Saturday.
The superbly produced publication is a professionally produced gallery catalogue. The size is 265x210mm portrait and it is perfect bound.
The 4pp cover is hot foiled blocked in metallic blue foil on the front cover and also on the inside front cover, listing the 26 photographers on the course. The 4pp cover is produced on Colorset Aquamarine 350gsm.
The 64pp text is printed offset litho on our Marazion Ultra 115gsm, which is a bulky sheet and gives the publication a spine of 5mm, although as you can see from the below image it flows really nicely.
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Marazion Ultra was chosen mainly because of it's matt flatness which would reproduce the artworks well without a glossiness which can often detract from the images. The combination of the Colorset and Marazion Ultra is a simple but effective choice of materials.
Anca-Ioana Pirvu
Krasimira Butseva
Emma Durrant-Fellows
It's not been possible to reproduce all the spreads in the publication, so there are just some of my favourites here. As you can see from the spread below, even when the images are very dark and saturated with CMYK, the detail has been retained.
Sarah Benstead
For readers not familiar with Marazion Ultra, it's a fully coated paper but it really does have a dead flat MATT surface. There are many papers on the market which profess to be matt (and some which incorporate the word matt in the name, but aren't!) ...but this really is - and if you don't believe me, just ask for a sample!
Chris James
Detail showing the 5mm spine
Catalogue design is by Éloïse Parrack. Print was handled by Philip Herridge at printing services at the University of Portsmouth. Print is by PPG who are based in Portsmouth. 

Posted by Justin Hobson 25.07.2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Gillian Hyland cards

Originally from Ireland, Gillian Hyland began her career in publishing, where she worked as a fashion stylist and features writer for a number of well-known national magazines. This led to a move into the television industry, and later into the film industry.

As an artist and photographer, she creates supernatural staged images, presented as film stills or dramatic moments. Hyland’s unsettling mise-en-scene are full of sex and desire, sadness and nostalgia. Last year Gillian won a Royal Arts Prize and is represented by Saatchi Art.

This series of 2pp, A6 size cards are printed on Omnia 280gsm. The images have lots of detail but are all quite dark and therefore it was important to retain as much detail, especially in the dark areas. This is the reason that Omnia was chosen rather than a regular uncoated board, Omnia gives the uncoated look and feel but with great colour reproduction.
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Unlike many of the printed items featured on this blog, which are printed offset litho, this series of cards 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.
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Although Omnia was never originally developed for digital printing, 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. 
All the cards have the artwork details printed in black on the reverse, as you can see above.

Design is by Gillian Hyland Creative. Printing is by Chadbon Printing based in London.

Posted by Justin Hobson 20.07.2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Delicious new swatch...

We now have a wonderful new swatch for our Dolcelicious range of papers. We launched this new range at the PrintweekLive! exhibition in March after being appointed as the UK stockist
Dolcelicious is a tactile and beautifully coloured range of high quality, certified food contact papers - suitable for contact with dry, moist and fatty foodstuffs developed by Britain's master papermaker James Cropper.
Innovation is at the heart of everything James Cropper does and this range of papers reflects this ethos. Having identified that what was lacking in the packaging market was a high end, luxury option for the food sector that was certified for food contact and readily available, they started product development.

The range they developed is an uncoated range in seven different paper shades, and four film laminates (matt/gloss, gold and silver).
The new swatch shows all the colours and the metallics, together with printed examples, die cut and embossed samples.
Richard Burnett, market development manager at James Cropper, said "We have been working in the food packaging market for a number of years, making lots of bespoke papers for customers. But we recognised that there can be a time delay for a bespoke product and what we needed was an own range that is ready certified for food contact yet was suitable for the luxury end of the food market. Dolcelicious can be used for things such as confectionery, drinks and high end bakery items – in fact it is suitable for contact with dry, moist and fatty foodstuff."
The new Dolcelicious food contact-approved paper range was first shown by Croppers at the Luxe Pack trade show in Monaco last year. A range of sample packaging has also been produced using the range to demonstrate how the material can be used.
This is the first and (..so far) only, luxury direct food-contact paper available from stock and is a fantastic addition to our range. If you would like to see samples, please let me know: justin@fennerpaper.co.uk

Posted by Justin Hobson 17.07.2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Simone Rocha Exclusive Book

http://simonerocha.com/Simone Rocha was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1986. In 2008 she graduated with a BA in Fashion from The NCAD in Dublin followed by an MA from Central Saint Martins in 2010. Simone debuted at London Fashion Week in September 2010 and her collections can be found in some of the most prestigious stockists in the world.

Last year at the British Fashion Awards Simone received the “British Womenswear Designer Award” as well as the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar Designer of Year Award. This year Simone opened her first USA store in Soho, New York.

This superbly conceived publication is a limited edition production. The scale is a luxuriously large 420x305mm, portrait format, which flops and rolls beautifully.
Front Cover....
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Simone works on seasonal imagery and produces limited edition printed books featuring the works of collaborators and inspirations. Contributors for this book are Jacob Lillis, Eoin McLoughlin, Colin Dodgson, Louise Bourgeois, Perry Ogden, Ross McDonnell.
The publication is a collection of loose 4pp, forming spreads which Juxtapose the different subject. It is loose bound using a rubber band which holds it all together remarkably effectively for the size. The publication is a self cover, all produced on Omnia 120gsm.  Below you have Flowers and Cars (Jacob Lillis) with Pony Kids (Perry Ogden).

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The publication is printed offset litho on our Omnia White 120gsm, the result is superb. The look and feel of the whole publication is very uncoated and tactile but there is absolutely no loss of detail in the images.
Above you have Simone Rocha collection on the left page (Colin Dodgson) with Louise Bourgeois on the right page. When the publication is disassembled, you can see the whole spread ...as you can see in the below image
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Below shows the publication separated into individual 4pp with the band removed.
The below image shows the outside back cover and the way that the band holds the folded 4pp unbound sections in place:
Art direction and design is by Simmonds. Print production, including the binding is by Pureprint.

Posted by Justin Hobson 13.07.2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

ISTD Student Awards 2017

Last Friday, I was invited to  the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) Student awards ceremony, hosted by Pentagram at their wonderful studio in Notting Hill with Pentagram partner, Angus Hyland, 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 is 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.
Below is ISTD education officer John Paul Dowling talking through the judging process.  
Pentagram partner, Angus Hyland, presented all the certificates and also an excellent goody bag. There were students from universities from all over the country and further afield, with one student from Moscow. The Vincent Steer award, which is the highest accolade, was awarded to Conor Foran a student from NCAD.
Contents of the goody bags was excellent, with items generously supplied by Cass Art and a copy of Logo published and donated by Laurence King.
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 10.07.2017

Thursday, 6 July 2017

My Africa

This book called 'My Africa' is published by The Mo Ibrahim Foundation in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the charity. The book is a result of a competition run by the foundation where entries were submitted from all over the African continent from professional photographers, amateurs and students.

The charity was founded in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa and was founded by Dr. Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese philanthropist and businessman. As Mr Ibrahim says in the introduction "We were determined not to produce yet another impressive coffee table book, with beautiful pictures of Africa - there are already so many of these. Instead we wanted to see our continent and our future, through the eyes of our fellow citizens"

The end result is a superbly produced piece of print designed by
Maria Tsirodimitri and overseen by Pentagram in London.
The book is 275x230mm, portrait with a 27mm spine. It is casebound with a mid grey book-cloth over the cover. There is a two thirds height matt laminated 'dustjacket' around the cover.
Introduction pages....
The paper used for the book is our Shiro Echo, White 160gsm. This paper is made from 100% recycled fibres and also has FSC Mix certification, made by Favini in Italy.
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The paper is a neutral white shade which is perfect both because books really should not be bright white (high whites are great for advertising but not relaxing to look at and read) and the paper works very sympathetically with the images. 
It is not possible to truly demonstrate the quality of the images (which, don't forget, are from professionals, amateurs and students - and all Africans) but I also can't do justice to the quality of the printing, which is absolutely superb. I hope the image above and the detail image below demonstrates a little of what I mean.
Image by Marco Silva (Cabo Verde)
I would like to suggest that you follow this link where you can see all the images, which will look a lot better than what I can show here: http://mo.ibrahim.foundation/my-africa/
There are four sections in the book, each separated with a solid colour spread of which this is one. Superb printing of a solid made out of CMYK.
This also happen to be the middle of the sewn section, so you can see the thread running neatly down the spine...
Image showing the 27mm spine with the sections and the ribbon marker.
This book has really succeeded in being a 'coffee table book' however it's been achieved with content supplied by ordinary people, thoughtful design and exemplary print and binding - not just another glossy book about Africa, so I think Dr Ibrahim's aims has been achieved.

Design is by Maria Tsirodimitri. Pentagram in London oversaw the project (Domenic Lippa's team). The superb printing is by Leycol in London with Richard Davey handling the print.

Posted by Justin Hobson 06.07.2017