A unique approach

I consider myself to be fortunate to have some very creative clients who like to look at various print projects and come up with ways to make them stand out above the rest. Recently, one of my clients – St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, California – wanted to do two books for their Confirmation classes.  They wanted to have Journals for the class participants, accompanied by a Leader’s Guide for the instructors.  But they wanted the covers to be different than just “covers”, and to look like the kind of bound books you find in stores.  They wanted the covers to look grey or brown, like chipboard.

At first we looked at Environment cover, which comes in a double-thick cover, and several colors that simulated chipboard.  But the cost and the fact that the sheets were mill items, made this option too costly, and the lead time too long.

Chris at St. John’s just asked if I could image onto thick chipboard.  And with the VUTEk grand-format printer that I had at my disposal, I could.  It has the ability to image on anything up to 2″ thick, so a 43 pt. chipboard was not going to be an issue.  The text of each book was going to run digitally on our Nexpress digital press.

2014-09-19 13.46.29When Chris saw the proof, he was pleased at the quality of the image on the chipboard, and that the look of the chipboard was what he had envisioned.  After he approved the proof, we imaged the covers on the chipboard, imaged the text, and bound the book with black wire-O binding.

For me, the success in this project was in the collaboration with Chris from St. John’s Lutheran church, and finding a way to help him achieve the vision that he had for this project.

St. John’s Lutheran Church is in the heart of Old Towne Orange, California, and is surrounded by Craftsman style homes and classic California bungalows.  It is blocks from downtown Orange and the famous “Orange Circle”.  St. John’s also has a private K-8 school, a pre-school and a music conservatory.  You can learn more about St. John’s Lutheran Church by visiting their website.

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About John Prothero

John Prothero is a print professional with over 30 years experience in the print industry. Starting out as a driver delivering jobs, he worked in bindery, proofing, plating, traditional prepress (camera and stripping), scheduling, job planning, job management, account management and digital job production. His skills also run in the area of blog authorship, social media management, and lead generation and qualification of prospective clients. John is also a contributor to Rhode Island Creative Magazine, a digital publication that highlights the creative spirit of the state of Rhode Island. You can read their online issues at www.ricreativemag.com
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