Monday, 21 August 2017

The Kensington

The Doyle Collection is a carefully curated collection of eight Irish family-owned luxury and urban hotels. Each hotel has a strong identity that is closely connected to its location. Set in the heart of one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods, The Kensington’s grand stucco façade is characteristic of this affluent 19th Century district. With 126 guest rooms and 24 suites, this is a wonderfully luxurious hotel.
Branding agency, Brave New World  undertook an extensive re-branding exercise of the parent brand and of each individual hotel. The work included everything from strategy to interior design, website, high-profile advertising campaigns and the literature for each hotel.

The size of the brochure is 260x185mm, portrait and is saddle stitched. The cover is printed on an uncoated 300gsm board.  
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The text material chosen was our Omnia, which would beautifully reproduce the photography with the rich interiors and exteriors superbly  ...and it looks wonderful! The 20pp text is on Omnia White 150gsm, printed offset litho in CMYK throughout.
The brochure is saddle stitched using three stitches:
Image reproduction is paramount but it was also important that the publication also projected the tactility of the interiors and in the image below the detail of the upholstery and the extraordinary reproduction of the mirrored surfaces. An ordinary feeling silk or gloss coated paper wasn't an option, so Omnia fitted the bill perfectly.
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Omnia is a very bulky paper but with a 20pp text and the saddle stitching, it lays nice and flat allowing each spread to be enjoyed without 'fighting' against the binding.
Branding and creative direction is by Brave New World. The designer on this project is Caroline King. Print by 21 Colour, based in Glasgow.
Posted by Justin Hobson 21.08.2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

Oxford Mathematics - Notebooks

William Joseph were commissioned to create a world-facing identity for the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. Their solution was to use Sir Roger Penrose’s P3 tiling to form the basis of an identity that can be applied flexibly across different materials.
One of the items that the identity was applied to is this neat little set of notebooks.
The notebooks are A5, portrait and are simply printed offset litho in a silver special only (1 colour) on the cover and 'bellyband'.
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The use of the silver is amazingly effective:
The cover of the notebooks are printed on our Colorset 100% Recycled 120gsm and the colours used are Spring Green, Solar and Flint.
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Each of the notebooks has an 8pp cover, which is on the 120gsm. Combined with the 64pp text which is unprinted on our Shiro Echo, White 80gsm, they have a wonderfully unstructured feel which means they flow beautifully but don't feel flimsy.
...they flow
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Design is by London based design company William Joseph and the creative director on the project is Stéphane Harrison. Print and notebook makeup is by Pureprint.
Posted by Justin Hobson 18.11.2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017


Today I had a bit of a shock when I went to visit one of our favourite customers in East London. I was delivering some samples into Gavin Martin Colournet when I was greeted by a very good looking fellow, who looked just like me!
I wasn't actually aware that a celebrity face mask kit was available for me and it turns out that sadly they aren't available in the shops ...Dave Miller had actually made a Justin Hobson facemask!

Using their excellent repro and printing skills, I think they actually managed to make me look slightly better (definitely shorter) than I do in real life! -  thanks for brightening up my day!

Do have a look at the new Gavin Martin Colournet website which shows lovely work and has a wonderful new film by Jonathan Arundel:

Posted by Justin Hobson 17.08.2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Workshop Fun

Last week, I organised for a small group from The Partners to spend the evening in the print workshop at the St Bride Foundation. There were about twenty of us in all and after an introduction and briefing by Michael Clayton the group were encouraged to have a go at setting type, inking up and printing.

For those not familiar with the St Bride Foundation, it was established in 1891 to fulfil social needs in the Fleet Street printing area. Facilities included a library, baths and a swimming pool (as hygiene was poor) and a printing school which was the forerunner of the LCP. Nowadays, this historic building houses a world renowned printing library with a large letterpress collection, a community theatre space, a bar, print workshop, meeting and conference rooms. It is still located in the original building, just off Fleet Street.
As well as printing, Andrew Long demonstrated lino-cutting and most people had a go. As the name suggests, this technique is actually engraving into a piece of floor linoleum, which is then inked and used to print from. The results can be amazing! can see the concentration at the lino cutting bench below:
Andrew, selected one of Stanley Donwood’s London Flood prints. The engraving which was divided into 15 pieces which were then individually cut by different people over the course of the evening. I even had a go and this was my section (as you can see, I initialled it with a cheeky J!)
At the end of the evening the pieces were assembled and below, you can see Marc Spicer printing the result: 
...and here he is holding up the finished result:
Below is the comparison with the original on the right hand side
You might have spotted there is a head floating in the river which looks like me! Thanks to Nick Eagleton's lino cutting skills, he used his piece of lino to produce a likeness of me, which he also used to print me a card below
You can read a far more erudite version of the evening on The Partners blog written by Marc:

It was a really fun evening, where everyone got a chance to have a go and join in. We had some food and a few drinks laid on at St Bride's and a few of us even made it to The Old Bell on Fleet Street afterwards!
My thanks to all the staff and friends at the St Bride Foundation with special thanks to Mick Clayton, Andrew Long and Bob Richardson who made the evening really good fun.

I just wanted to note that Peter Smith who is resident wood engraver at St Bride was unable to join us as he is recovering after an operation but I want to wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Posted by Justin Hobson 16.08.2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Beau House

Beau House contains eight luxury appartments situated in Jermyn Street in London's west end. Developed by Dukelease, the Architects are Brimelow McSweeney with interiors by Oliver Burns. This book is for the Brummell Penthouse, so named after the Regency dandy Beau Brummell. This magnificent publication has a casebound cover. The size is 320x245mm, portrait.

The book has a 96pp text, plus printed endpapers.
The text is printed on our Omnia 150gsm. As you can see from the images, there is lots of colour and images with the exterior and interior images looking great on the Omnia, retaining detail in the dark areas.
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The text is 'section-sewn' in 16pp sections which you can see beautifully bound together with the ribbon marker.

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The brochure is printed offset litho in CMYK plus one special colour throughout and as I'm sure you can see from the images, the reproduction is superb.
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...even the relatively plain pages for the floor-plans feel good printed on the tactile uncoated surface of the Omnia:
The cover has a foil and de-boss over the whole front and back cover. The cover is covered in Fibremark Setalux 1780 over a 3mm board.
Design is by London based branding agency Identity, Design Director is Lisa Roser. Print is by CPI

This is an exquisitely produced book which uses a great choice of materials and print finshes. The project is printed offset litho throughout. Print is by CPI Colour with Simon Reid handling the project.
Posted by Justin Hobson 15.08.2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

Something for the Weekend...

I've written about the London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) on this blog before here. The LCBA has been set up by Simon Goode Ira Yonemura and is an open-access educational and resource centre dedicated to book arts.

The LCBA is based in East London in a place called Fish Island in Bow, close to the Olympic park. It's a fabulous space - light and airy, not a dark and dingy corner. This centre offers access to letterpress printing, hot foil blocking and binding facilities, processes which many practising designers and artists wish to utilise but is normally difficult to access.

THIS SATURDAY they are holding an Open Studio event to which everyone is invited and where they are also launching their new book which is very exciting!
Titled "Making Books" it is written by Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura and is a step-by-step guide to creating books by hand at home and is based based on their popular workshops.  Accessible enough for complete beginners, while full of inspiration for those with more experience, this is the ultimate guide to making beautiful books by hand.
Starting with an introduction to the bindery and a useful inventory of necessary tools and equipment, you’ll also learn about different paper types, and special finishes such as cloth coverings, headbands and ribbon markers. You’ll then find clear step-by-step instructions for six different hand-made book types, from simple pamphlets and concertinas to more elaborate multi-section bindings. Each project includes ideas for variations, resulting in over 20 different possible outcomes. There are also details about more advanced techniques and specialist bindings, as well as handy layout and design advice.
Making Books is published by Pavilion. Photography by Yuki Sugiura, Illustrations by Jay Cover and design by Makoto Yamada on the design. 

So why not go to the Open Studio tomorrow and pick up a copy for yourself? 

London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) Unit 18, Ground Floor Britannia Works, Dace Road, London E3 2NQ
Posted by Justin Hobson 11.08.2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Vive L'Espresso Martini!

To create GREY GOOSE vodka, François Thibault maintains an unrivalled level of craftsmanship, using only the very finest ingredients. Its signature smoothness and distinct character are the result of an extraordinary passion for spirit making and an unparalleled commitment to the highest possible quality.

Grey Goose have a list of cocktails that can be made using their Vodka and they also have a range of featured "Holiday Cocktails". and this 8pp menu/recipe card is for a L'Espresso Martini.
The size is 195x105mm portrait and is an 8pp concertina format printed on our Omnia 280gsm. Omnia was chosen because it would work with the rich detail that is present in the images but that would still give a natural look and tactile feel. As you can see from images, the photography is quite dark, but there is no loss of detail, which is what can often happen printing on an uncoated paper. The "Grey Goose Blue" is rich and the solid has printed beautifully. Printed offset litho throughout.
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Omnia 280gsm is a very bulky board with a thickness of over 400microns. As you can see below it creases beautifully and this has been professionally matrix creased.
Birds eye view below:
Creative direction and design is by London based branding agency Ragged Edge.
Printing is by Identity, based in Paddock Wood, Kent and they made a superb job of it - colour reproduction and solids are superb.
..and if you are over 18 (!) you can watch a video about the Coctails here:
Posted by Justin Hobson 08.08.2017