Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Esme Winter Stationery

Esme Winter is a London-based designer partnership creating lifestyle accessories and stationery. Esme, working with Richard Sanderson produce items that are crafted with hand-binding, weaving and beautiful print. You can see their work here: http://www.esmewinter.co.uk/
They have recently printed their own stationery items on our lovely Flora Giglio 160gsm (paper) and 350gsm for the board. Flora is a 50% recycled paper (and FSC accredited) with natural, deliberately visible, inclusions & fibres - looks just great with this simple, classical use of type.  
The bespoke envelopes are 255x190mm (which I guess fit the notebooks they produce) and are produced on 160gsm, as are the compliment slips which are A6 (148x105mm) and the business cards are traditional 85x55mm on the 350gsm

The elongated cards (170x55mm) which could double up as compliments cards and bookmarks are also on 350gsm and are printed on the reverse in a variety of their 'trademark' designs.
Printed offset litho by Whitechapel based Aldgate Press.
Thanks to Richard and Esme for taking the time to send me some file copies of the various items and their lovely note. Just another excellent example of the correct choice of paper enhancing design.

Posted by Justin Hobson 22.07.2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

What is ...3 hole sewn?

What is ...Number 7
Regular followers of this blog will know that in the middle of the month, I publish a "What is ....? post. The article covers various aspects of paper, printing and finishing in greater depth. However, many of these subjects are complex, so these posts are only intended to be a brief introduction to the topic.

What is ...3 Hole Sewn?
Three hole sewn is a binding technique which goes back to the earliest days of printing and binding. It is a highly efeective and strong binding method which can give a project a 'crafted' look and feel and by using a coloured thread it can add a further dimension to a piece of printed literature.

Three hole sewn projects have appeared often enough on this blog so that many of the pictures here are from posts on this blog:
Effectively this is a process which can be done entirely by hand - you quite literally just need a needle and thread (ideally a thicker 'twine' like thread). The picture below demonstrates the way it works - from the inside of the book you go out of the middle hole, up to the top hole in and along the inside and out of the middle hole again, down to the bottom hole and up to the middle again and tie a knot ...simple! 
Some binderies have adapted a sewing machine so that it can be produced as a 'hand operated, machine process'. In common with other binding methods where binding is through the spine, it's produced over a 'saddle' - so the book sits on an upturned V.
A stack of 'three hole sewn' brochures
The below picture shows a dummy made using red thread and using two 'banks' of three hole sewing. this is worth considering on publications with a longer spine - over A4 for example. The reason for this is that some movement of text pages can occur if it's only held, relatively speaking, in the middle.
Picture shows inside (below) and outside (above)
Below is a project using yellow thread and two 'banks' of three hole sewing.

Below is another project, where there is a smaller A5 section bound in the centre spread, so the 3 hole sewing (2 x banks) is not centred and is offset towards the foot.

One thing to bear in mind are that it is a binding method more suited to publications with less pages - depending on the materials used - 32pp is probably about the limit.
Posted by justin Hobson 18.07.2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Café Royal

This year, Café Royal has re-opened as a 5 star hotel. Still in it's original 19th century building in the John Nash designed terrace in Regent Street, the building has recently been transformed under the direction of David Chipperfield Architects. The hotel now boasts 160 contemporary guestrooms, including 49 suites, five restaurants and bars, two banqueting suites and an amazing well-being centre.
This brochure is A5 size (210x148mm), has an 8pp cover and a 16pp text. Cover is printed on Curious Metallics Gold 250gsm from Arjo. The text is printed on our Marazion Ultra 150gsm - if you're not familair, 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 me for a sample.
The quality of the photography and reproduction is excellent.
Design is by Pentagram in London.

The project was printed by Gavin Martin Colournet (with Mr Gary Bird) and as you can see above, they've made a superb job of it. The brass wire used for the saddle stitches is a really lovely touch - which brilliantly compliments the gold hot foil blocking and metallic cover.
Posted by Justin Hobson 17.07.2014

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Glory Through Suffering

It is particularly apt to be writing this piece as the Tour de France is in progress. This piece is basically what is often described a 'leaflet' or 'flyer' so what makes it so special and why does it deserve space on this blog? Basically it is simple, well written, beautifully designed and exquisitely produced piece of literature and printed on lovely paper!

Produced by Rapha, the specialist cyclewear brand, it is an essay written by the author and broadcaster, Graeme Fife, who has written many books on cycling and the Tour de France in particular. Titled in Latin 'Ex Duris Gloria' (Glory through Suffering) the essay is about the pain and suffering that road riders endure on their bike.

Size is A5, portrait and it is a 2pp, yes, just a single sheet of paper. Printed Offset litho in two colours, black and a grey special for the background tint which reads 'Kings of Pain'.
It is printed on our lovely Offenbach Bible 60gsm.
It is used, very simply, as a supporting piece of branding that Rapha uses in a variety of ways, including sending it out with online purchases - a very nice touch.

Art direction and design is by the in-house team at Rapha. Printing is by Generation Press.

Posted by Justin Hobson 15.07.2014

Friday, 11 July 2014

The power of the paper poster

Today, one of only three surviving 'BRITONS - Lord Kitchener Wants You' First World War recruitment posters has been sold. A London collector paid a record £27,540 in an online sale by Dorset-based auction house Onslows. The incredibly rare poster has become one of the most iconic images of the First World War, although apparently only 10,000 were actually produced which is far less than many other WW1 recruitment posters. Only three original posters are known to survive; one in the Imperial War Museum in London, one in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, and this one.
The powerful image started off life as the front cover of a September 1914 edition of magazine 'London Opinion' (a popular weekly magazine with a circulation of 300,000 copies) which had commissioned graphic artist, Alfred Leete, to design and illustrate the cover. In response to requests for reproductions, the magazine offered postcard-sized copies for sale. The Parliamentary Recruiting Committee obtained permission to use the design in poster form and the rest, as they say, is history....

Interestingly, author and historian James Taylor published his book only last year called 'Your Country Needs You' disputing that these posters were ever even used ( in a similar vein to the eponymous 'Keep Calm and Carry on' posters from WW2)

I had a quick look on the auctioneers website (Onslows) and was rather more impressed by the design of this striking poster below.
This is a poster promoting an exhibition of war pictures by CRW Nevinson, the official artist on the Western Front. It's an original lithograph poster 1918 760x 510mm, although I don't believe the designer is credited. Unfortunately it's not for sale.

Posted by Justin Hobson 11.07.2014

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

R4 Invitation

R4 is the Plastic and Visual Arts Portal on the exciting new arts and media development in the heart of Paris. Île Seguin is a unique place, located in a loop of the Seine in the western part of Paris, forming part of an urban project that is being developed on the site of the former Renault factory.
For this festival, R4 is entered into partnerships with the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies of Harvard University, the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (Geneva), the Beaux-Arts (Paris) and Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing), as well as with the Galerie Jousse (Paris), the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, the Centre d’art contemporain Genève (Geneva) and the Swiss Embassy.

The R4 Video Art Festival took place on 26 June at La Pagode experimental art cinema in Paris and these are the invitations for the event.
The invitations which are printed on our Omnia 280gsm. They are printed in 2 special colours, offset litho blue and red, with the image produced as a halftone. The red type on the front cover is hot foil blocked in a striking matt red, opaque foil. This invitation is a 4pp, portrait, A5 (210x148mm) format and the result is an invitation with a matt tactile look and feel.
Design and art direction for the this R4 project is by Zak Group, who are a London based studio which works internationally. Creative Directors are Zak Kyes and Grégory Ambos. Printing is by Push.
Posted by Justin Hobson 09.07.2014

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

ISTD Student Awards 2014

Last Friday, I was invited to  the ISTD Student awards ceremony, hosted by Pentagram at their 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 was 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 and in fact on Friday, there were two awards made to students from Sri Lanka.
ISTD organisers and board members, David Coates, Freda Sack and John Paul Dowling (new education director) talked through the judging process and gave their thanks to the tutors, without whom the scheme would surely flounder.

Before the presentation, Angus gave a short inspiring talk about his experiences in graphic design. Each certificate was awarded by Angus Hyland, of which there were over 100 and the students were each given 'goody bags' kindly provided by Cass Art. Fenner Paper also supplied some bags for the tutors (made from our Colorset Lemon 270gsm) which you can see hiding under the table...

Above is Eric Downer being presented with his certificate. Eric is the graduate from University of Portsmouth who won the top award at 'New Designers 2014' that I wrote about on this blog last week - he's had a busy week! (www.eric-downer.co.uk)

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 08.07.2014