Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Fletcher's Cottage Spa

Fletcher’s Cottage Spa is the luxurious spa set on the Archerfield Estate, which is less than an hour from Edinburgh. The estate features a golf course and several houses which can be booked in their entirety for weddings and celebrations. The spa has been featured in the Sunday Times Travel Top 6 British Spas and the Tatler Spa Guide.

This is the pocket menu, which lists the stunning array of massages and treatments available.
The format is a 14pp, long concertina, held together with a 'belly band'. The finished size is 145mm x 100mm, folding out to 145mm x 980mm.
The birdseye view below shows how it works...
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Above shows the front cover. The clever way this concertina format works, means that you can view it in spreads, as you can see below....
The 14pp concertina is printed on Crush, Corn 200gsm and the bellyband is printed on Crush Coffee 250gsm, which are a perfect combination.
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Below shows the whole publication spread out, so you can see both sides:
Now one of the important things to point out is that this publication is printed digitally ...yes, even though it's 980mm long! It is printed on a Ricoh 5100 by DTP Print in Edinburgh and they have not only made an excellent job of the printing, there are a couple of other details that are worth pointing out too. The belly band is 45mm wide. The icon is beautifully die cut and it registers right over the printed icon ...just perfect!
Also, most bellybands are glued or stuck with a sticker, which makes them impossible to replace! ...however this band has a clever and well fitting die cut semi circle and slit, which works perfectly.
Creative direction and design is by Katherine Scott at Studio Thought Process based in Edinburgh.
If you aren't familiar with Crush, it is one of our ranges made by FAVINI in Italy and is made using 15% residues from the industrial processing of agricultural processing. As a result, the paper does have inclusions and a "rustic" feel, which you might just be able to see from the image detail below:
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With thanks to Sonya Beaumont at DTP Print for sending me file copies.

Posted by Justin Hobson 20.03.2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

Roksanda Accessories

In the decade since it launched at London Fashion Week in 2005, the ROKSANDA fashion house has evolved an unmistakable woman-centered design aesthetic. The brand is favoured by Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama and is described as "Sophisticated and feminine yet playful and effortless, its iconic ready-to-wear and accessories are instantly recognisable...."

This is the promotional literature produced for their accessories/handbag collection. The format is a very simple 8pp broadsheet. Size is 594mm x 420mm folding to 297mm x 210mm.
Above image shows the front, folding out to the spread below...
...and then out into the full broadsheet below:
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 there is no loss of detail, which is what can often happen printing on an uncoated paper, just superb reproduction. Printed one side only, the reverse is left plain white and unprinted.
Creative direction and design is handled by the in house team at Roksanda. Print is by Avenue Litho who are based in Hackney (London E8) - interestingly, they also have hot foil blocking in house!

Posted by Justin Hobson 16.03.2018

Monday, 12 March 2018

Season 03 Zine

This is issue 03 of SEASON  - a cross between a fashion magazine and a football zine. This publication reveals the preferences and rituals of fashion and football fans. Their perspectives on the world’s most popular sport are explored in thoughtful and intimate ways, focusing on why these fans care and what they wear.
Featuring interviews, essays, photography and more from up-and-coming creatives, SEASON aims to kick off a dialogue acknowledging how modern football and fashion play into each other. Issue 03 examines LOVE and how the reader demonstrates their love for football.  
Size is 240x165mm, portrait (very economical format on a B1 press). It uses lightweight materials sympathetic to the feel of a zine. It has a 4pp cover on 130gsm and a 68pp text on 100gsm. Both cover and text is on our Redeem 100% Recycled 100gsm and is printed offset litho. The paper is a neutral white shade gives the publication a 'newspapery' feel which really works with the images and zine design. 
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Many of the spreads which are purely type work particularly well with the paper - the neutral white just works with black type superbly.
At 70pp it is at the limit of saddle stitching - only because it can get a bit "gappy" in the middle. In my opinion this is acceptable, but were the gap or gape to get much larger, it could start to look a bit ugly.
As it is, the zine just flows beautifully. Pages turn easily and is an excellent example where the design, the print and the paper work in synergy. It has a wonderful quality about it - a really interesting, well put together piece of literature.
Season is published by Felicia Pennant. The designer is Natalie Doto. Production and print is by Park Communications

Posted by Justin Hobson 12.03.2018

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Although titled Industry, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre’s photographs are a dedicated study of the human story. These images are evidence of our footprint on the earth, they document the relics we leave behind from our endeavours, the shape of the past, the feel of history, an impression of an era on our minds, the ghosts of men, modernist shapes rising out of the ground that were once beacons of technological achievement, testaments to our advancement. Now these cathedrals of industry lay shattered, broken and forgotten, tombs to man’s hubris, a reminder that nothing lasts forever, a reminder that we all will perish and rot one day.

This is the invitation to the private view of the exhibition held at the Tristan Hoare Gallery in September. The front of the invitation is an image from the exhibition photographed by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre and shows Control Room, Kelenfold Power Station, Budapest, Hungary 2012.
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The size of the invitation is A5 (148x210mm), Landscape and is printed Offset Litho. The invitation is printed on our Omnia 320gsm and is triplexed (to 960gsm) making it over 1.5mm thick. The use of Omnia means that the image has reproduced faithfully, as you can see from the detail image below, however the invitation still has an uncoated tactile feel.
The below image shows the 1.5mm thickness...
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You can read more about the work and the exhibition here: http://tristanhoaregallery.co.uk/exhibitions/industry/

Printing is by Paul Martin at Jigsaw Colour printers, based in Bermondsey in South London

Posted by Justin Hobson 06.03.2018

Friday, 2 March 2018

Jobs from the past - Number 101

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. Here is a project from eight years ago...

Bally A/W 2010 collaboration with CSM
In 2009 BALLY tasked fifteen students from Central Saint Martins to submit designs for women's footwear. Challenged to create designs with high editorial value while maintaining Bally's heritage of exquisite craftsmanship. The selected students would have their work developed at the brand's workshops in Switzerland and Italy. 

This is the mailer piece produced to showcase the selected designs by Estefania Cortes Hawker, William Hendry Charles Youssef. 
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It is an 8pp concertina format, size145x215mm, folding out to 580mmx215mm. Below shows a birds eye view of the format...
The publication is printed on our Marazion Ultra 90gsm. This is a lightweight paper with a matt coating but which has an amazing bulk, tactile feel and excellent opacity for 90gsm. It feels just right for this project, because it just flops and sits nice and flat.
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The below image shows both sides spread out side by side...
The material is perfectly chosen with the Marazion Ultra having a lightweight, matt look and feel but with the images reproducing beautifully with great clarity and detail as you can see from the detail image below...
Design and art direction is by the in house creative team at Bally. Print is by Push printers based in Bermondsey, London.

Posted by Justin Hobson 02.03.2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Finchatton was founded in 2001 by founders Andrew Dunn and Alex Michelin. Their aim was to create the most exceptional homes in the world. They have since designed, managed and financed over 60 major development projects around the world, and completed over 75 private commissions.
Kingwood is a development of ten apartments in the heart of Knightsbridge, facing south over the gardens of Hans Place. The building has been completely rebuilt and immaculately designed by Finchatton. This wonderful book has been produced to show the development, the surrounding area and the wonderful interiors.
The size of the book is 345x245mm, portrait. It is case-bound and covered in a deep blue bookcloth which is hot foil blocked in metallic silver foil and beautifully debossed with a leaf design around the front and back cover.
The book begins with these lovely printed end-papers...
...followed by exterior images of the building:
The text is printed on our Omnia, White 150gsm throughout and is printed offset litho, beautifully.
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, beautifully crafted piece of literature, certainly not some "glossy property brochure"!
A cool grey solid is used throughout the book for the sections where the floorplans appear and these sections incorporate throw-outs...
...a throw-out to the right
...throw out to both right and left
The Omnia has worked brilliantly, in reproducing the exterior and interior photography.
As one might expect, the book is 'section sewn' and below you can see what a neat and tidy example this is:
The book has 86pp plus an additional six 'throw-outs'
The spine measures 15mm.
Birds eye view showing the ribbon and the section sewing plus you can see how many throw outs there are, but it has been very well bound, so it doesn't upset the balance of the book in the spine.
The excellent print, repro and finishing is by Gavin Martin Colournet, based in London.

Posted by Justin Hobson 27.02.2018