Menus

In 2016 I did an Eblast about menus and why they should be of interest to graphic designers and printers.  The restaurant menu market continues to grow!  Increasingly people are “eating out.”  Increasingly people want something new.  Increasingly people want a better experience.  Part of the “restaurant experience” is the physical menu. Our supplies are consistently expanding the number of…

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Perfect Bound Books

Perfect bound books, as far as the bindery is concerned are fairly boring. 99% of them are simply a front cover and back cover with a printed spine.  The following pictures shows creative ways to make a cover interactive, stand out, get noticed and invoke a real spark of interest! Pictures #1 and 2 show some creative ways to make…

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Shopping Bags

What do “Shopping Bags” have to do with a bindery?  It’s simple…we make them! I feel the production of custom designed “Shopping Bags” has potential for future business for graphic designers and printers. As you can see from these pictures “Shopping Bags” come in very conceivable size;  narrow, square, odd shaped, some are sewn (see pictures #1, 2, 3), some…

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Book Binding Materials

We find that we are producing books and boxes with a wider range of materials.  In no particular order of frequency the following pictures display unusual, durable, effective and creative ways to use unusual materials. Picture #1 is a “Sheeted cork.”  It can be a flat “cover” sheet as pictured or as pictured in #8.  Cork can be made into…

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Acco Fasteners

What are Acco Fasteners (sometimes called “Acco prong paper fasteners” or “Acco 2-piece prong fasteners” or “Acco 2 hole fasteners”)?  All Acco fasteners consists of two pieces of metal (almost always shiny silver).  Two flat “prongs” are slid through 2 round holes drilled in paper.  The second metal piece called a “slider” has both prongs inserted through; bent and two…

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Pin-hole perforating

What is pin-hole perforating?  Pin-hole perforating is perforating but with a difference.  Round “holes” of paper are actually removed.  You’ll recall that (Postage stamps are minimally used) were pin-hole perforated. The commonest uses are for “postage-stamps” as pictured in #1,3,4,6,8,9,10 and 11. Other application for “pin-hole perforating,” would be for coupons (picture #7), wraps (picture #13), tear-off panels (picture #14)…

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Clipboards

What do clipboards have to do with a bindery; more than you might think! Clipboards can be a marketing/sales tool. The “board” can be made of metal (see picture #22), plastic, wood or slate. As you can see from these pictures the “clip” portion can be metal or plastic; various colours, various styles, various surface textures and various opening mechanism…let…

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Plasticoil

What is “plasticoil” binding.  Plasticoil binding is a plastic spring which is inserted into PUNCHED paper that has a line of punched holes.  Ninety-nine percent of the holes are round.  Sometimes (only rarely) there are holes that are flat on 2 sides and rounded at the ends. Plasticoil is one of four styles of binding called “Mechanical binding” that are…

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Sunken Labels

What are sunken labels (or embossed position)? Labels that are “sunken” or labels in a “debossed position” are labels (of any shape) that are glued into the cover of a book at the “bottom” of a embossed “valley” which has been embossed “stamped” previously into the cover. The following pictures show various sizes and shapes of labels. If for instance…

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Book in a Box

This project required creative input, a very fast turnaround and tremendous attention to detail. The image below shows a fabric casewrapped, casebound book that is housed inside the box. The next image shows a long black satin ribbon, which is positioned under the book. The client requested that the book fit tightly inside the box. How can the user get…

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