Swiss/Euro Binding

This product is called Swiss/Euro binding.  As shown, the book bound in this style can be bound with tape, exposed glue, flat wire stitching, side thread sewing or Smyth sewing.  The distinguishing feature of these books is that the spine of the cover is not glued or attached to the spine. When the book is opened, the cover “falls off” the spine. The cover is only glued to the back of the book!  Why do people want this style…beats me.  Is it the novelty of the style, the fact that the book may lay flatter in a small percentage of this style?  With adage “the customer is always right”, we will bind this style if that is what you want.

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

Swiss/Euro Binding

 

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

The books I pictured here and shown in the video, is a process that is printed on the press sheets during the normal printing process. The printing could be either offset or digital. If you want a book that is case bound or perfect bound, that is “printed”, on the head, face and tail; talk to us. We’ll explain to you how to position pattern or marks on different panels. It won’t affect your print running cost.

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

I believe that books with a printed, head, face and tail with patterns or titles or names are very memorable, highly unusual, customer engaging and cost effective. As I’ve said frequently, a genius is someone who knows the difference between a fad and a trend! Is this a trend or a fad.

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

Box Liners

As shown in this video there are three different styles of box liners.  I can’t say which is the most common but the following is something you should be aware of.  Of the three kinds of liners 1. Die-cut paper 2. Foam 3. Vacuumed formed plastics, die-cut paper is the fastest, by far the cheapest, most environmentally friendly of the three processes, it allows for more detailed colourful and precise graphics.

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

The printed die-cut paper is something that printers are obviously much more aware of than foam or vacuumed formed plastic. Usually when we’re commissioned to do a box job with a liner, we do a mock-up and/or test different materials.  If the client wants foam there, are different textures colours and pliability of the foam.  For vacuumed forming, because there’s different gauges or thickness of plastics, we sometimes test to see which thickness holds the product appropriately.

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

A box with a liner with a product in the liner has a much more positive response from the consumer/user than a box with no liner that has a product loosely “banging around.”  If you need boxes made, along the liners, give us a call.  We can help!  We do these jobs regularly.

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

Box Liners

Pop-ups

This week’s focus is pop-ups.  As our video, shows pop-ups almost universally elicit a positive response from a user.  Our present day, jaded consumers, think they’ve seen it all, so graphic designers and printers need to work a little smarter to build an emotional connection through the printed image.  When your client’s message must be noticed it is essential to have a printed product that sets the product apart from every day “promotional stuff.”  In my opinion one of the most effective formats is an interactive brochure than “pops-up” when opening!  Experts tell us that physical motion drives buying emotions.  Interactive pop-ups fold does indeed trigger interest and this helps drive emotional connections.

Pop-ups

Pop-ups

Pop-ups

Pop-ups

Pop-ups

Pop-ups

Pop-ups

Pop-ups

Pop-ups

Basic 4-page: The 4-page pop-up fold brochure is easy to plan and produce and can be used as a standalone brochure or incorporated into perfect bound and saddle stitched products. A notable design characteristic of the basic 4-page style is the “missing corner” when closed.

Multiple-panel: This design is where the pop-up is incorporated into a multi-panel gate, accordion or roll-folded piece. Properly designed, the multiple-panel style will temporarily hide the missing corner when fully closed and create intrigue as the piece unfolds.

Concealed corner: This double thick, glued-concealed corner design is considered the premium pop-up style because the missing corner is permanently concealed, completely hiding the pop-up image when closed.

Basics: Pop-up folds are interactive diecut pieces that automatically “pop-up” when opened

Benefits: Printed products containing pop-up folds drive emotion, and emotion helps drive desired behavior.

Variants: A concealed corner pop-up is an extra backing panel formed by a double parallel fold to conceal the missing corner in a standard pop-up design.

Max & mins: Max pop-up width is nine inches. The height of the pop-up (from the bottom of the “V” to the top of the pop-up) cannot be higher than the final folded width of the piece or the pop-up will stick out of the side of the product when folded.

P.S. Angled perforations are necessary. Choose a stock between 6 and 10 points. Perforation depth is always important, but especially so on thin or thick stock. Intricate die-cut patterns could impart feeding of material, reducing production speed and increasing waste.

Canadian Binding

Years ago I heard the expression “Canadian Binding”, but I took no notice.  I’ve had since come across requests to bind books with the “Canadian Binding” style, so I investigated further and found that “Canadian Binding” style is something we have been producing for decades!  As pictured, a “Canadian Binding” style consist of wire-o binding that has a three panel or wraparound cover.  Simply, the wire-o binding can be seen only on the inside back cover.  This binding method allows for printed spine to be shown on a bookshelf.  The “Canadian Binding” style allows for the wire-o binding element to be hidden except for when the book is open.

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Like all wire-o binding the “Canadian Binding” style allows for mixed stocks for pages, mixed page sizes, fold outs, split binding or two or three colours of wire-o biding in one book.  The “Canadian Binding” style of wire-o binding style allows designers lots of room for creativity and innovation.  The “Canadian Binding” style, wire-o binding, can have solid printed cover such as 16 point or 20 point, (or in some cases lighter) stock, or the cover can be case wrapped…most often with film laminated litho printed paper or cloth or man-made material which can be foil stamped or debossed/embossed.

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Canadian Binding

Giant Casebound books

I did an Eblast some months ago about “Giant Casebound books.”  I don’t repeat topics unless use of a video displays a product more effectively or we’ve changed some of the parameters, enlarged sizes, etc…  Since our last Eblast about giant casebound books we can now smyth sew signatures 20 inches wide!

Giant Casebound books
Giant Casebound books
Giant Casebound books
Giant Casebound books
Giant Casebound books

Giant Casebound books
Giant Casebound books
As shown in the video and pictures, giant casebound books/hardback books are incredibly memorable, distinctive, effective and a means to convey the author’s message increasingly.  We’re seeing more varieties in the binding add-ons such as colour coordinated headbands, coloured endpapers and ribbons.  We’re seeing a greater demand for coloured or stained edges…much more creative additions to a giant hardback/casebound book.

Giant Casebound books

Giant Casebound books

Z-card

This week’s product is called a Z-card.  I did this over two years ago before I was doing videos.  The only way to reasonable show what a Z-card is – is to open and close the product on a video.

Z-card

Z-card

Z-card

Z-cards came off patent eight years ago.  We’ve done hundreds of these jobs ranging in quantities from a few hundred to 150,000.  Over 90% of them have four round corners, the average card weight is 10-point stock.  The recommended stock weight for the folder portion is 50lb offset. If printed on heavier stock sometimes the product doesn’t lay as flat as you would like it to. Z-cards can sometimes have a die-cut slit in the card to allow for the insertion of a separate card.

Z-card

Z-card

Z-card

Z-card

Twirl Folder

What is a twirl folder?  A twirl folder is a die-creased, folded piece that “twirls” open when the opposite corners are pulled.  As are all the pieces I’m presenting this “twirl” is not patented.  Copyrighted names include

  1. Twirl
  2. Spinner
  3. Petal

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

Size can be from 3” x 3” up to 14” x 14”, stock weight from 60lb to 100lb, no instructions required for the user…mailable…flat…simple…a piece that gets attention; is memorable…a piece that does a great job of selling product.

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

I’ve seen a twirl folder eyeletted in the centre to a book or magazine page so the piece stays in the magazine or book but user can “twirl” as many times as they wish!  The piece, although die-creased automatically requires a degree of handwork.  Of the 18 different pieces I’ll be presenting the twirl price would be in the middle of the price range.  Quantities are usually between 5,000 and 10,000 units.

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

Twirl Folder

 

Swing Folder

What is a swing folder?  A swing folder is a die-cut, folded piece that literally has a die-cut panel “swing” completely 180 degrees; and “swing” back when right-side panel is pushed.  We are able to bind this as a page in a perfect bound book.  If an additional panel is added we can bind it into a saddle stitched book with certain specifications.  The“swing folder” can be inserted automatically into envelopes for mailing.  Sizes from 4” x 4”; 12” x 16”; stock from 8 to 14 point; coated or uncoated.  We die-cut and fold this piece automatically.  Of the 18 pieces I presented this would about third or fourth cheapest.

Swing Folder

Swing Folder

***The old adage “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” is very true but a sample is better than a thousand pictures!!!

Call us for samples.  We would be glad to oblige.

Triangle Folder

What is a triangle folder?  A triangle folder is simply paper folded in the shape of a triangle.  A triangle folder requires die-creasing…no gluing…folded automatically.  Triangles can be from 4” x 4” to 16” square; stock from 80lb to 100lb.  They can be a single panel such as 10” x 10” width folded to a triangle shape or 20” x 10” folded as a 4 page to 10” x 10” and the triangle folded such as the green piece.

Triangle Folder

Triangle Folder

Triangle Folder

Triangle Folder

Triangle Folder

Triangle Folder

Triangle Folder

Another piece shown has two different panels with triangle folds. Most potential customers have never seen a triangle folder.  They’re memorable.  Of the 18 pieces I’m showing the triangle folder would be one of the cheapest to produce.

Triangle Folder

Triangle Folder

Triangle Folder

***The old adage “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” is very true but a sample is better than a thousand pictures!!!

Call us for samples.  We would be glad to oblige.