The Beauty of Engraving

If you are a fan of paper and print you will love this site from Neenah, thebeautyofengraving.com. The site showcases beautifully designed works featuring  – engraving.  Obviously the choice of paper plays a crucial role with this type of print technique – you’ll want use a highly tactile sheet, some would say go for one with a “toothy” feel to really play up the beauty of engraving.

In case you need more convincing, check out this video – it reminds us why this centuries old print technique is truly an art form.

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Domtar Dares You to DREAM

In Domtar’s DREAM promotion they ask the reader to think back to childhood – when they had no limits, no barriers to their expectations. Like children who play passionately and imagine anything is possible – Domtar asks us to explore a little more when it comes to putting ink on paper.

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From the moment you open the cover of DREAM – which is printed on Cougar 130# cover, four color plus varnish and clear foil – it’s apparent this piece pushes the limits of printing on uncoated white paper. You’ll see everything from solid, heavy black coverage with a registered silver foil, to four color process, to touch plates, to a clear foil using a double etch die for a dimensional feel (where the glitter is on her mask in the image below), to a domed embossed with a spot raised-image UV coating (so cool, feels kind of rubbery) – all printed offset with conventional inks.

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Make sure to check out our personal fave: Dream No.5 – Playhouse Dreamhouse, the birch trees look three dimensional, and the smoothness of the sheet really showcases the design elements featured in the photography.

Confessions of a (Design) Peeping Tom

I love walking the dog in the evenings. It’s not because I’m a health nut, it’s worse – I’m a design peeping Tom.  I love to see how my neighbors decorate their interiors.  My favorite time of year is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s – when holiday decor is in full swing.  I can catch a glimpse of the tree in the foyer all decked out in copper and green, or the fireplace mantel swagged in flocked cedar garland. All of this providing inspiration for my own holiday design.  The same holds true in my work – I love to see what designers are up to when it comes to print design.

So I was thrilled when I received the newest promotion from Mohawk featuring works submitted to their annual print design contest CRUSH – the Mohawk 12 Show Catalog, showcases what happens when designers lust after paper and print. The piece carries through the theme of the entire campaign – “A love affair with paper.”

The catalog details the winning entries, chosen from the best work submitted from all over the world.  Featuring documentary-style photography, the book showcases the work of eight winners and fourteen finalists who were chosen by the SHow 12 jury: Stanley Hainsworth, Tether, Seattle; Jorge Alderete, Illustrator, Mexico City; Michael Jager, JDK Design, Burlington, VT; and Susana Rodriguez de Tembleque, SY Partners, San Francisco.

The book houses over 90 photographs showing off the pieces that caught the eyes of the jury. Crush is printed on Mohawk Superfine, Eggshell Ultrawhite. The cover features a neon-esque fluorescent green, achieved by two hits of green which extends throughout the catalog to compliment the four-color process used for the photos.  The printer used a 20 micron stochastic screen to achieve the results.  Check out the works and catalog for yourself, sign up to join parse & parcel.