Thursday, 15 January 2015

Poster Project

It was last year when I discussed with Dan McCabe at University of Portsmouth about the idea of seeting a brief for the second year students on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course. So in September, with some serious input from Dan, we set a brief to explore the relevance and role of the poster as a cultural artefact within the 21st Century.

Part of the brief runs as follows "The poster has a rich history within graphic design and has strong traditions in Europe. Its visual impact within the urban landscape is highly significant, and posters are considered by many as being visual barometers of social issues and attitudes. The purpose of the design was to celebrate and communicate the existence of the poster as a popular and prevalent cultural medium for the expression of ideas and beliefs. In other words, convince people of the power of the poster."

The design was stipulated to be an A2 size poster to reflect this brief and convey the power of the poster as a visual medium. After briefing the students, I received an email from Dan saying
"I briefed the project in yesterday, so we're up and running. They all looked a bit terrified", an interesting start!

All the posters were to be A2 size and produced on our Redeem 100% Recycled 130gsm, ensuring a level playing field for the production of the finished pieces.

In November I went to see the results which were displayed in the Eldon gallery space:
The quality of entries was superb. The research and thought that had gone into the finished pieces was inspiring - truly a group of second year students with real talent. I was privileged to be asked to judge the entries together with the course teaching team; Dan McCabe, Mike Harkins, Estelle Taylor, Alex Tibus, Andrew Denham and course leader Sarah Houghton.
Following much deliberation, 18 posters were short-listed with 3 special commendations. For the week after the judging, the short-listed posters were put on display in the canteen gallery space.
There was an awards event in the canteen of the Eldon Building on the 8th December. Catherine Harper (Dean of the Cultural and Creative Industries faculty) presented the commended students with their awards on Fenner Paper's behalf.
The fantastic commendation award was designed and made as a collaboration between Senior Lecturer Dan McCabe and Principal Workshop Technician Michelle Littlewood and incorporates the Fenner Paper logo which has been laser cut out of 300gsm Redeem 100% Recycled!
Commendation awards being presented by Catherine Harper, Dean of the Cultural and Creative Industries faculty.
Dorsa Pedari
Kai Yik Chan & Wing Yung Wincy Kong
Another incentive for the students is that design of the overall winning poster is to be professionally litho printed as a poster and this distinction goes to Lucy Pittard for her 'Generation Poster'.
Lucy Pittard
Congratulations to all the shortlisted and commended students and thanks to all the staff for involving me in the project and making me so welcome.

The short-listed students are: Rhys Davies, Katie Hockley, Johannes Leismann, Gus Van Manen, Safiah Gheriani, Amie Lee Murphy, Dorsa Pedari, Simon Young, Shahad Milibari, Kai Yik Chan & Wing Yung Wincy Kong, Harry Lewis-Irlam, Zoe Fouracre, George Parry-Stoner, Ryan Robinson, Lucy Pittard, James Kelly, Yanne Moreira, Hannah Anderson and the three commended students are: Dorsa Pedari, Kai Yik Chan & Wing Yung Wincy Kong and Lucy Pittard.

Posted by Justin Hobson 15.01.2015

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

No Smoke Without Flowers - Tessa Packard

Tessa Packard London, is a fine jewellery brand started by Tessa Packard in 2013. The beautiful pieces are all made and finished in workshops in the UK.

This is the lookbook for the 'No Smoke Without Flowers' collection launched last year. The format is a very simple 16pp broadsheet, designed in such a way that it opens easily and displays the maximum number of printed panels.
Technically I believe it should be described as a '16pp concertina fold', but that's just jargon! Size is 594mm x 420mm  folding to 210x148mm. The birds eye view above should give you the best idea of the format and the way it works.
The paper chosen is our Omnia 120gsm because it would work with the rich detail that is present in the images but that would give a natural look and tactile feel. It is printed offset litho in four colour process (CMYK) and as you can see from images, some of the photography is quite dark, but there is no loss of detail, which is what can often happen printing on an uncoated paper.
As you can see from the image below, the reproduction of the metallic gold on the Omnia  is just superb. Excellent detail and a beautiful tactile metallic look without a glossy sheen is what makes this piece really special.
Art direction and design is by a London based studio established by Mike Bone. Printing and Finishing is by IPW1.

Thanks to Mike for sending me some file copies.
Posted by Justin Hobson 13.01.2015

Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Story of Fundraising

More Partnership are experts in philanthropic fundraising. They help organisations which are typically charities, universities, museums and schools to be more effective in raising money. As the title of this book reveals, it is about stories, which as they say in the introduction, lie at the heart of persuasive fundraising.
The size of the book is 150mm square, which is a friendly and manageable size. The cover only contains a modest 24pp text (saddle stitched) but to make this more a more substantial piece of literature, it has our Kemikal Cotton White 1500microns mounted to the front and back cover. The spine has been left exposed by 15mm on the front and back cover as can be seen in the picture below.
The cover is on Colorset, 270gsm (100% Recycled) and the 24pp text is printed four colour offset litho and printed on our StarFine Natural White 150gsm.The text paper was chosen because it is a neutral white, uncoated paper, which works in harmony with the cover materials and the beautiful illustrations by Jenny Bowers (Peep Show Collective) which run throughout the book.
There are four different Colorset colours used - just by simply changing the colour of the board used, it suddenly makes a series!
The outside covers are simply silkscreened in one colour black. It works just beautifully on the Kemikal Cotton White which is 1.5mm thick!
The below picture shows the foredge and the overall thickness which is 6mm.
Design is by NB:Studio, where the Creative Directors are Nick Finney and Alan Dye. Designer on the project is Kirsty Whittaker.
It has been beautifully printed, silkscreened and finished by Absolute Ink who are based in East London. The cover was silkscreened by Bob Eight Pop, who are part of the Absolute Group.
Posted by Justin Hobson 08.01.2015

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Jobs from the past - Number 63

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...

Metropolitan Hotel Brochure
2007 & 2009
This is definitely one of the most luxurious looking brochures that I have had the pleasure of being involved with over the years - it has an amazingly opulent feel which is almost entirely due to the cover.

The Metropolitan is a boutique hotel on London's Park Lane and is one of the international Como hotel group. The hotel has 144 rooms and suites and an exclusive COMO Shambhala spa and wellness centre.

The brand colour of the Metropolitan is a chocolate brown. Flockage Litho was the material chosen for the cover of the brochure to give the cover an extravagant, velvety feel.
The size of the brochure is 270x210mm, portrait. It has a 24pp text printed on a gloss paper (printer's house stock) but the cover is on Flockage Litho 300gsm. For those not familiar with Flockage, it is a flocked paper and board range with a soft feel that really does feel like velvet. The standard material is white and you can print (offset litho) onto it - either solid colour or CMYK images, no problem. The flock coating is on one side and the reverse has an uncoated finish.
Where the material used for the cover of this brochure differs is that on discussion with the printer, the flocked side was being printed in a single colour, the chocolate brand colour. Thanks to Tony Fenner's discussion with the printer about how the job was being produced, we were able to have a special making of the board produced using a self-coloured flock, it happened that there was a standard fiber colour close to the shade required ( ...this also saved money on overs and make ready sheets!)

On the outside cover, the logo is simply hot foil blocked in matt white foil, which looks beautiful.
Below are images of the text pages with beautiful photography by Martin Morrell.
The reason that the cover board needed to be the litho print quality as opposed to the Flockage Colours (which is not litho printable) is because the inside front and back covers were printed.
Above and below show the solid colour and reversed out type printed on the inside back cover.
The brochure is section sewn and has a spine thickness of 4mm.
Art direction and design is by Rashna Mody-Clark, who is a London based designer who has many years experience in editorial and print design. Print is by Matthews the Printers, based in Chingford. It was first printed in 2007 and re-printed on the same materials in 2009.

Thanks to Linda at the Metropolitan for sending me some file copies.
Posted by Justin Hobson 06.01.2015

Friday, 2 January 2015

Fenner Paper 2015 Diary

If you are a wonderful customer and therefore a deserving user of our papers, you should have already received your new 2015 diary in the post, here's a sneak preview, if you haven't yet received it.
As in previous years, the diary is 230x162mm, portrait and retains the popular 'month to view' format. The cover board is on a 'special making' of our Stardream metallic/pearlescent board with a linear embossing called Canneté. There are four different covers (on Lapislazuli, Onyx, Anthracite & Bronze) all on 285gsm and all printed offset litho in Pantone 877 silver.
The 40pp text is simply printed in one colour, offset litho, on our lovely Offenbach Bible 60gsm. Superb opacity and a truly lovely writing surface makes this an ideal paper for a diary or notebook.
If you haven't yet received a diary and feel you deserve one because you use our paper, please email me.

If you aren't a user of our papers and just fancy one anyway! ...they are available for purchase, just e-mail me for prices.
Posted by Justin Hobson 02.01.2015

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

ITV Programmes 2014

ITV Studios is the UK's biggest production and distribution company, making distributing and selling over 40,000 hours of television around the globe. The worldwide business is growing fast and they now have studios in London, Paris, Stockholm, Cologne, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and Hong Kong together with partners in other regions

ITV Studios don't just make TV shows for ITV, they make them for a wide variety of broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Sky etc.
This brochure shows the wide diversity of formats and programmes that they are responsible for, showing images and emphasising the company's capabilities.  
 Size is 220x170mm, portrait. it has a 4pp cover with 92pp text and is section sewn. The cover (above) is matt laminated.
The material used is our Neptune Unique FSC, which is a VERY high white, smooth uncoated paper which reproduces colour fabulously (well I would say that!). Cover is 350gsm, text 160gsm. An uncoated material, gives the publication an engaging 'booky' feel and given the variety of source material, makes the images work together well, whether commissioned photography is sitting next to a screen grab, it has a consistency in look and feel. Printed offset litho in CMYK with a special light blue grey (on the cover).
The spine is 13mm thick and the text is section sewn, as you can see from the image below:
Creative direction and design for this and all ITV Studios new marketing collateral and events is by Theobald Fox. Creative Director is Pete Owen. Production and project management is by Sam Stocking. Print is by Principal Colour.
Posted by Justin Hobson 31.12.2014