Thursday, 30 March 2017


Monohaus is a development of one, two and three bedroom apartments in Hackney by Union Developments. Don't Panic Partners (DPP) created the branding for the development, including the design of this lovely piece of literature. DPP say this about the project... "Avoiding a manufactured marketing approach, we took a black and white look at the world with our Monohaus branding. Capturing the colourful characters of Hackney in all their authentic glory. Real people, real words, real life branding"
The size is A4 (297x210mm) portrait and is perfect bound with a 4pp cover and an 86pp text. The cover and floorplans are printed on Ebony 350gsm and 135gsm ...from that other well known Hull based paper merchant!
The 32pp white text section is printed on Shiro Echo, Bright White 160gsm, which works beautifully with the black and white concept. Shiro is made by Favini in Italy.
With the exception of the colour images of the building, all the 'colourful' characters photographed for the publication are reproduced in mono.
The project is printed by Gavin Martin Colournet and is produced on their HP Indigo press. This means that although it looks mono, the images are actually printed in CMYK throughout.
Gavin Martin's HP Indigo is fitted with a white ink unit, which means that all the type and floorplans reproduced in the back section of the publication is also digitally printed.
The below image shows the spine, the perfect binding and the split of pages visible on the book edge.
Design is by Don't Panic Partners (DPP) based in London. Print is by Gavin Martin Colournet.
Posted by Justin Hobson 30.03.2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

Corrigan Co - 120 years

In 1896, John F. Corrigan founded a small plumbing shop in St. Louis, Missouri. Corrigan’s reliability consistently delivered quality work by skilled craftsmen, on time and within budget. Today, Corrigan is among the largest full-service mechanical contractors in the United States and still provides the value of reliability for America’s advance manufacturing, energy, technology, commercial and institutional needs.

They commissioned a small booklet to mark the 120th anniversary, explaining the history and philosophy of the company.
Size of the booklet is 170 x120mm, with a 4pp cover - there are four different colour covers, all printed on our Colorset 270gsm Light Blue, Spring Green, Deep Orange and Solar.
The text is printed is just one colour, offset litho. Design is a story timeline which follows on from spread to spread. So simple but really effective.
The 16pp text is printed on our Avebury Recycled Wove 135gsm. It's a part recycled text and cover paper made using 30% recycled fibres, with a very tactile feel.
It's worth pointing out that the different colour covers have no definitive meaning, they were just run on different colours - it's a great way of creating a 'series' at little or no extra cost.
To go with the booklets is a series of postcards, again just printed in one colour, offset litho.
Reverse sides
Design is by Kiku Obata & Company, a studio based in both London and St. Louis. Founded in 1977, the studio remains an intentionally small, design-led consultancy specialising in identity, editorial and environmental design. This project was designed and produced in the London studio.

Print is by Tradewinds, based in south east London. It's a really nicely finished piece of print, very simple but well printed and finished with some nice touches, such as the copper wire used for the saddle stitches
My thanks to Sarah Newitt at Kiku Obata & Company for kindly making sure I received file copies.
Posted by Justin Hobson 27.03.2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

10 Park Drive

10 Park Drive is a residential development in Canary Wharf, London E14. This exquisite building is designed by award winning architects, Stanton Williams. The development includes 74 studios, 115 one-bedroom apartments, 141 two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom apartments, is anticipated to complete in 2019. Award winning interiors firm, Make Architects, has ensured the lobby and apartments are unique in appearance, yet exquisite in design and quality.

This superlative promotional brochure gives a flavour of the development, showing the interiors, surrounding area, lifestyle and floorplans etc. 
The size of the brochure is 340x240mm, portrait in a limp bound cover. With a 102pp text, this makes a spine of 12mm thickness, which is a substantial book size.
It is 'section sewn' in 8pp sections as you can see above.
The cover is hot foil blocked on a Cool Grey, linen embossed 350gsm board from that other well known Hull based paper merchant! It has a full flap on the inside front cover (above pic)
The text is printed on our Omnia 150gsm. Reproduction is superb whilst still having an excellent bulk with a tactile and engaging feel. Printed offset litho throughout.
Click on images to enlarge
The striking commissioned photography has reproduced brilliantly on the Omnia whilst not losing the tactility and natural uncoated feel that was required. The look and feel is a confident piece of literature, not some "glossy property brochure"...
There is a section spread with throwouts left and right to show the panoramic images.
...opening out to:
Section dividers are all bright and vivid
The superb art direction and design is by London based graphic and digital design group Socrates Communications.
The excellent print quality and finishing is by Kingsley Print and Design, based in Egham in Surrey. Sales Director is Bradley Vaughan. It's the first time that a piece of their work has appeared on this blog and if this project is indicative of the quality of their work, I'm sure there will be many more pieces of their work on this blog in the future!
Posted by Justin Hobson 21.03.2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

Printweek Live!

Last week Fenner Paper had a stand at the at the PrintWeekLive! exhibition held at the Wasps Arena in Coventry. This was the inaugural event and was acclaimed as a success, with over 2,000 visitors across the two days. Visitors were attracted by combination of a show floor featuring the latest technology, workshop theatres and a conference schedule boasting several inspirational speakers.
On the Fenner Paper stand we showed all our product ranges including those from Cordenons, Favini and Koehler and many more. Fenner Paper is now the UK distributor for all the graphical ranges produced by the Reflex mill in Germany, including Zeta, Efalin, Spectral, T2000, Medley etc... all of which were displayed.
...also on our stand, we launched our new luxury direct food-contact paper from James Cropper, called Dolcelicious and we even had cakes and chocolate on the stand!

If you would like to see samples of any of these ranges, drop me an email:
Posted by Justin Hobson 20.03.2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

De Worde

This is a type sample booklet for a brand new typeface by type designer, Jeremy Tankard. Designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Wynkyn de Worde Society, the De Worde typeface takes inspiration from the italic that the printer publisher Wynkyn de Worde used. He was the first to introduce this letter style to English publishing with his printing of Lucian’s ‘Complures dialogi’ of 1528.
Size of the publication is 255x150mm, portrait and is three hole sewn, in keeping with a style of binding that would have been familiar even in the 16th century ...before the invention of staples!
The cover is printed on our brand new Remake (Smoke) 250gsm from Favini. It is a mid grey with a subtle fleck. Remake is made from the discarded residue of the leather manufacturing process and is a revolutionary example of ‘upcycling’. This unique and innovative paper replaces 25% of wood tree pulp with leather residues.
The text pages are printed on another Favini product called Shiro Echo, white 120gsm which is a 100% recycled range. It has a 'neutral' white shade which is perfect for the reproduction of type. 
Below shows the centre spread with the red thread on the three hole sewing.
Detail showing the binding.
Text is printed two colours, red and black throughout, including the fabulous solid red spreads.  Printed offset litho throughout.
The cover is printed offset litho and hot foil blocked in white and red.
Design is by Alistair Hall at We Made This. Printing is by Typecast based in Paddock Wood in Kent and the hot foil blocking is by Benwells.
Posted by Justin Hobson 17.03.2017