Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Brucker - Type Specimen Book

Since 1998 Jeremy Tankard Typography has been designing award-winning type and producing typographic solutions for clients across the world. His latest typeface is called Brucker and through it's robust presence, is designed to create an aggravated and expressive text image. The family has 4 weights in 2 styles all with a disjointed baseline and charged rhythm.
The size of the booklet is around A5, but what is hard to show here in the images is that the foredge is trimmed asymmetrically as I hope you can see in the detail image below...
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Size of the book is 210x140mm, portrait going down to a minimum width of 125mm at it's narrowest point, the asymmetry of the foredge emphasising the disjointed baseline and charged rhythm of the typeface itself.
The publication is a 16pp 'self-cover' printed on our Redeem 100% Recycled. This paper has a warm off-white tone which softened the glare that high whites often have and worked perfectly with the ox-blood brown and minty turquoise palette used.
Printed in three colours, offset litho by Langham Press in Cambridge. They also worked out the best way to work out how to produce the asymmetrical edge. The booklet is saddle stitched.
This is a really superb piece of print. Simple, effective and using an interesting technique (asymetric foredge) to create a difference and relate to the actual subject of the publication lovely to see a project NOT in CMYK!
Posted by Justin Hobson 14.08.2019

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Atelier Augé - Moon Daisy

This is one of collection of new range of greeting cards produced by Bath based artist Lucy Augé. Known for producing large bodies of life work, her collections are exhibited internationally and Lucy is attracting a loyal following. This new collection of cards is from her Botantical archive and is based on her own exhibition invites which proved extremely popular.
The 4pp cards are 148x105mm (A6) portrait and this card is printed on our Crush Grape 350gsm from Favini. Crush Grape contains 15% residues from the processing of grapes for wine and food combined with 30% post-consumer recycled waste and FSC certified virgin fibre. The paper is produced with 100% green energy.
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The above image shows the credits printed on the reverse of each card.

The cards are beautifully and simply printed in just one colour and using Letterpress resulting in a slight indentation giving the cards a tactile and engaging feel. You can just see a little of what I mean in the detail image below...
The cards are printed Letterpress by Opal Print based just outside Bath and below you can see the letterpress printing plate together with the inking rollers on the press.
Image courtesy of Lucy Auge
...and you can buy the cards here!
Posted by Justin Hobson 10.08.2019

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Maghreb, Les Terrasses du Ciel

This is the exhibition catalogue of a show by photographer François-Xavier Haage. The exhibition titled "Maghreb, Les Terrasses du Ciel" (Maghreb, The Terraces of Heaven) was first shown on June 30, 1987 and shows photographs taken during trips to Algeria and Morocco between 1985 and 1987. The exhibition ran from April 30 to May 31, this year at Hang'Art in Paris.

The catalogue is a 28pp self cover publication printed on our lovely Offenbach Bible 60gsm. The size is 230x190mm, portrait and is saddle stitched. As you can see from the image above, the pages just flop and roll over beautifully.
Offenbach Bible 60gsm has a very high opacity for it's light weight, but the show through can be used as part of the design...
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The inside back spread (below) is the key as to where the images were taken
You probably won't be able to guess, or even believe, is that it's digitally printed! The job was printed and finished by digital print company Typecast Colour, based in Paddock Wood, Kent. It was printed on their Xerox digital press and the result is superb. For a limited run, printing digitally makes a project such as this viable - and on a a material like this, which many litho printers are scared of!...just look at the print result in the detail image below...
Designers Marti Perez and Carole Haage collaborated on the design of the catalogue.
Posted by Justin Hobson 06.08..2019

Friday, 2 August 2019

Jobs from the past - Number 118

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.

Venture 3 - 2009
Venture Three is a branding agency based in London. This is a "newspaper style" piece of promotional literature, produced in 2009.
The problem looking at an image like this is that you miss the scale of it! The size is 575x400mm, which is HUGE! ...and which is why there is an image below with a 12 inch rule so you can get an idea of scale! 
So that makes each of the following spreads a whopping 575mm x 800mm, which is more than enough space to show spreads of their work.
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This is one of those projects that is hard to do justice to on this blog. The print image quality alone has left anyone that I have ever shown this job to, seriously impressed. It is a 24pp 'self cover' which has a deliciously floppy and tabloid newspaper feel. It is printed on our Redeem 100% Recycled 80gsm. Just look at the solid print coverage in the image below....
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Given that Redeem 100% recycled is at best, off white and 100% recycled and 80gsm, the reproduction on this paper is superb. Below shows the fleshtone detail from a Myspace ad (remember that?).  It is printed CMYK throughout. Printed offset litho by London based Push.
As well as being a self cover format it is also completely unbound, so it flows beautifully in the hand.
Needless to say art direction and design was done in-house at Venture Three. Print is by London based printers Push and is superlative.
Posted by Justin Hobson 02.08.2019

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Community Clothing 03

Patrick Grant photographed by Richard Tymon
Founded by British Fashion Designer Patrick Grant, Community Clothing is a social enterprise with a simple mission - to make excellent quality affordable clothes for men and women, to create great jobs for skilled workers and by doing this help to restore real pride in Britain’s textile communities. They do this by working with under utilised UK factories during their quiet periods. What a wonderful concept.

This is Community Clothing's lookbook and catalogue and it is an absolutely superb publication, wonderful art direction, photography and printing.
The size is 330x230mm, portrait and is a 32pp self cover which flops and rolls really nicely in the hand....
The publication is printed on our Shiro Echo, White 90gsm which is 100% Recycled and also carries the FSC Recycled classification.

Shiro Echo is available in two shades; there is a white shade (which is a natural/off white) and similar to the old shade of Cyclus and a Bright White shade which is similar to the old Cocoon range.
Centre spread is a map showing the locations in the UK where the factories are located.
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 Solids look excellent
Below is a detail image which shows the excellent image quality - note the excellent fleshtone reproduction.
Very nicely finished too as you can see from the wire stitching
Credits for the Design and paper...
Design is by Moving Brands. Printing is by Principal Colour. A really superb piece of design and print.
Posted by Justin Hobson 30.07.2019

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Laings receipt wallets

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. I wrote about the covers of the brochures here and these are the receipt wallets used throughout the stores.
The 4pp wallets are 148x105mm, portrait with a half height pocket on the inside back cover....
The wallets are digitally printed in white ink plus an all over digital varnish with the L monogram - the result is superb as the white is strong and the varnish subtle.
The receipt wallets are printed on one of our new Colorset shades - Colorset Deep Blue in 270gsm. Print is by Kestrel Press, as with Laings, Kestrel are also a family owned company based in Irvine in Scotland and founded over 40 years ago. My thanks to Graeme Ferguson at Kestrel for sending me these copies.
Posted by Justin Hobson 25.07.2019

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

The Tube - new range

Many readers of this blog will know that we stock a range from Favini called The Tube. For those not familiar with this range, The Tube is engineered to give a gorgeous flawless matt effect. The smoothly tactile surface exudes luxury.
The range has just been revised and is available in nine shades and is available as a single or double-sided finish of paper and board.
The below swatch shows the new colour palette....
As well as the new shades, there is the new Hide finish which replicates the look and feel of real leather giving a luxurious touch and matt finish, in five shades. The below image shows the Hide finish.
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The Tube is suitable for most major printing techniques including screen printing and foil blocking and is perfect for adding value and luxury to premium print and packaging applications!

...if you'd like a new swatch, just email me
Posted by Justin Hobson 23.07.2019