Archive for October, 2009

Simple but complex

October 5, 2009

One of the most interesting jobs Wintry ever printed, from a production point of view, was a simple 2 color booklet. The complex nature of the job came in with the quantity being in the millions, and the need to come off press with a finished press product for both economy and speed. The second complication came with and odd number of pages (26 total), and 4-6 (depending on which issue) of those pages folding out from the back of the booklet. Not many presses can accommodate this type of folding on press, along with the glue binding, all in one pass through the press. Of course, binding after the job comes off press was an option, but as I mentioned, not a good one-binding the job off-line would have taken the proverbial forever. Once all the preliminary production issues were worked out the job ran well. The make-ready took about 24 hours, with narrow ribbons of paper looping through the press at high speed and marrying together at different points along the press. An amazing printing & engineering feat-almost Rube Goldberg like, but I don’t want to relate Wintry printing too closely to Rube Goldberg. An interesting job to both produce and print.

Harold Cjayefsky

Another Interestingly Different Job

October 2, 2009

This job is actually similar, and was inspired by, the fabric covered eyelet bound book I talked about recently in the 9/22 post. Wintry produced this new book (showing another impressive private art collection), but the requirements were somewhat different. This book had more than twice as many pages-128 plus a cover-and the quantity was much smaller-only 200-300 finished books. The size was a standard 8 1/2 x 11, the printing on the inside, because of the quantity was done digitally on the new Indigo. Wintry had to color correct quite a bit, but the images reproduced beautifully on the 80# dull coated stock. It was a simple, clean design, with black type left page talking about the art & the artist, and the artwork itself on the right. What set this book apart was the choice to once again mount binders fabric (this time a soft orange/rust color) onto heavy uncoated cover stock, and foil stamp the front cover and spine. The results were impressive. Printing the inside pages digitally was much more economical (still no beauty lost), and made the fabric, foil stamping and perfect binding affordable creating a great and unique finished piece. I’m always amazed at what can be accomplished with design creativity, and collaborative discussion.

Harold Chayefsky