Thursday, 27 June 2019

The Monocle Shop

Monocle is a premium mediabrand with print, audio and online elements, not to mention their ever expanding retail network and on-line business. The Monocle Shop is at street level in six cities - London, Zurich, Merano, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Toronto. The shop keeps everything from luggage and clothes to stationery and furniture.
This piece of promotional literature shows what is available at the shop. The finished size is 216x102mm, portrait and is a 16pp folded format folding out to a flat size of 402x432mm.
The above folds out to reveal the first spread below...
 ...and then folding out again, left and right.
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 and then folding up to reveal the full spread below.
The whole publication is all printed offset litho on our Offenbach Bible 60gsm ...and it looks and feels absolutely gorgeous - it flops and folds in a delightful way when handling the publication as I hope these images demonstrate. The below image shows the way it folds.
The below image shows both sides.
 The print quality is superb as I hope the below image demonstrates.
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Design is by Loi Xuan Ly at Monocle. The publication is printed offset litho, CMYK throughout. The excellent print is by Park Communications, who are based in East London,
Posted by Justin Hobson 27.06.2019

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Charles Hotel - Munich

Set within the verdant Lenbachgärten quarter and close to the historic Königsplatz, the effortlessly elegant Charles Hotel in Munich is where contemporary style meets traditional Bavarian hospitality. Centrally located by the Alte Pinakothek and the Lenbachhaus, The Charles Hotel also enjoys the calm backdrop of the Old Botanical Garden. Built on the site of a former university library, the hotel was created in 2007 and named in honour of Sir Rocco Forte’s and Olga Polizzi’s father, renowned hotelier Charles Forte.

This the brochure for the hotel, which follows the new branding by Pentagram.
Size of the brochure is 266x204mm, portrait and is saddle stitched. The cover is an unusual format as there is an 8pp cover with 140mm wide flaps and there is an outer jacket, only 210mm high, also with 140mm flaps. It is the first time I've seen this combination and the effect is superb...
The materials used for the covers is our Dali range, which is a 'felt-marked' paper with a linear effect and a natural, tactile feel. If you click on the image below, you will be able to see the texture in the paper.
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The cover is on Dali Nero 200gsm and is hot foil blocked in matt white and copper foil. The jacket is printed on Dali, Candido, 160gsm and is litho printed in CMYK on one side only.
The 16pp text is printed offset litho on our Marazion Ultra 135gsm, chosen because of it's dead matt flatness which would reproduce the interior images well without a glossiness which would detract from the classic look and feel of the hotel.
The brochure has a beautiful, quality feel and flows in the hand superbly. The combination of photography, materials and quality print makes this a wonderful piece of print.
Posted by Justin Hobson 25.06.2019

Friday, 21 June 2019

The Burlington Arcade

The Burlington Arcade in London dates back to 1819. Designed by Samuel Ware “for the sale of jewellery and fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the gratification of the public.” It was commissioned by Lord George Cavendish, Earl of Burlington and owner of the adjacent Burlington House, as a safe place for his wife and other genteel folk to shop. Today it continues that tradition, with a host of luxury shops.

"Just the cover makes the difference" is a phrase I've used many times on this blog about many projects where the cover "makes the difference" and this is just one of those projects. The cover is printed on one of our new Colorset shades - Charcoal in 350gsm.
Brochure size is 240x170mm, portrait. The outside cover is simply (but beautifully) hot foil blocked in a rose gold metallic foil - Foilco Ref 6037
There are some really nice features to this project. Firstly the brochure is encased in a bespoke envelope (250x180mm) made from the same material as the cover and is also hot foil blocked on the outside and a beautiful touch is the foiling on the inside of the flap. Quite an extensive area to foil but the Foilco Foil (6037) looks superb...
Another quality element is the three hole sewn binding, which is superbly done and holds the 16pp text securely in place. Identity Printers actually do this at their in-house bindery.
...and on the inside front and back covers the Burlington monogram is hot foil blocked in clear foil.
Detail showing the monogram
Just look at the precision of the scoring on the outside flap of the envelope. It gives the whole project a wonderful, quality feel.
Print and hot foiling is by Identity Print, based in Paddock Wood with Paul Martin handling the project.
Posted by Justin Hobson 21.06.2019

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

World Cup Wallchart

Our Typographic Wallchart that we have produced for the Women's World Cup has been going down a storm with all you football fans out there

This A1 size typographic wallchart is very simply produced in just two colour offset litho and is printed on our new Creative Print, Diamond 90gsm from German paper manufacturer Euler and is made using 100% recycled fibres.

The wallchart has appeared on the Koehler website here

...and our wallchart has also had professional recognition! Below you can see the wallchart at Sutton United FC, where it is proudly displayed on the door and the bar
Design of the wallchart is by David Coates, who is also an ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) board member and my thanks to Dave for making it all happen - a perfect way to combine his love of type and football! Printing is by Typecast Colour in Paddock Wood.
We are now coming to the end of the group stages and the competition is really hotting up now. We have a few of the wallcharts left, so if you would like one, you can email me
Posted by Justin Hobson 18.06.2019

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Burns Series

The Burns series is a range of greeting cards produced in Scotland by Solway Print who are based in Dumfries and Galloway. The cards feature quotations by Robert Burns accompanied by a small illustration. What makes these cards extra special is that they are printed letterpress.
Here are two cards from the series. The cards are 125mm square and are left blank on the inside. The outside of the cards is letterpress printed in 2 colours, black and deep red. Each of the cards has an explanatory note about each of the quotations on the reverse of the card.
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The cards are printed on our Pure Cotton 350gsm, which is a range made using 100% cotton fibres. The board has a wonderful feel and prints letterpress superbly as cotton papers have a wonderful compressibility, allowing the type to sink into the paper (without having to crash/bash it!) You can see from the image below, just how good the crease works.
The cards are designed by Miranda Cloy who is a designer and illustrator at Solways. Many thanks to Miranda for giving these cards to my colleague Kerry and allowing them to be shown.
Posted by Justin Hobson 14.06.2019

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Naomi's Poem

This project is a collaboration between Tom Sharp – poet, writer and founder of The Poetry of it all and Katherina Tudball, Creative Director at Superunion
In a limited edition of 200 copies, the publication confronts some cliff-edge health news Tom’s sister received in August last year. Through poetry, Tom began documenting the siblings’ emotional journey – as fears, nostalgia, regrets and love became the focus of their conversations.
The size of the book is 230x100mm, portrait.The only immediately readable type is the title and a short introduction on the inside front cover (above) each section of the poem is bound within a French-folded text printed on our lightweight Offenbach Bible 60gsm, meaning that it is hidden from sight and requires the reader to tear the paper in order to read. Below you can see the torn pages revealing the poem.
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‘Naomi’s Poem’, is a single epistolary poem in twelve sections, shared between brother and sister as part of a therapeutic creative conversation.

The text is made from 12x 4pp French folded sections. Below shows one unopened book and one with the torn pages...
Rich with drowning imagery, the poetry is set in 8pt Doves Type, the typeface famously lost under the waters of the Thames for 100 years before being rescued and accurately recreated by Robert Green.
The truly amazing binding is stitching that mirrors surgical patterns. As part of the design process, Katherina and Tom consulted with Fleur Oakes, Imperial College’s Vascular Surgery Department’s Lacemaker in Residence.
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The printing, finishing and binding is by Boss Print who are based in West London and it is truly superb - yes, they managed to sew the book like this! The text is all printed on Offenbach Bible 60gsm and the cover is printed on Colorset Natural 270gsm

This is a highly personal project which has been produced in a truly amazing way. I am very grateful to have received my copy - No 172 of 200.
Posted by Justin Hobson 11.06.2019

Friday, 7 June 2019

Laings 2018/19

Just the cover makes the difference! I've written on this blog about many projects where the cover "makes the difference" and this is just one of those projects....

Laings is a prestigious family-run jewellers with over 177 years’ experience in the industry. Established in 1840 they are now one of the largest independent jewellery businesses operating six stores across the UK.
The cover of their latest catalogue is printed on one of our new Colorset shades - Colorset Deep Blue in 350gsm. The size of the catalogue is 250x200mm, portrait and is perfect bound with 102pp text, printed on 'house silk' coated 170gsm paper.
The cover is beautifully hot foil blocked in silver metallic foil...
...and the spine is also foiled
Print is by Kestrel Press, as with Laings, Kestrel are also a family owned company. They are based in Irvine in Scotland and were founded over 40 years ago. My thanks to Graeme Ferguson at Kestrel for sending me these copies.
Posted by Justin Hobson 07.06.2019