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EMP Publication: Part 2

28th April

Today I called up DPI again, based on our initial conversation that I should give them a call the week before I need the prints done. I booked a time to meet them and give them the files between 10 and 11 next Tuesday the 4th of May. That Monday is actually a Bank Holiday so they are not open, but it won’t have an impact on the printing times, I will still get the prints on Thursday evening. I asked how the files should be set up and I was told simply the standard 3mm bleed and that it should be a PDf. I also found out that the A3 prints only take a day to do.

Here are the covers of the two books I have been putting together. This first book is THE PUBLICATION as required for the EMP. It documents the project from beginning to end and is meant to be something well designed, which sits nicely in a portfolio. This is the spread of the front and back cover.

And here we have the second, mini book I plan to produce. It will showcase only the final pieces and act as a sort of ‘proposal’ of my designs to the Olympic Committee for Prague 2020. The gold design on the cover is taken from my initial experiments into abstracting the shapes of the astronomical clock.

4th May

Over the weekend everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I lost some of my work, thank you computers. But, many people have had the same problem so I took the warning and have been periodically backing up my work. Since it’s so close to the deadline though, I did loose a sizeable chunk. On top of this I also came across the problem of facing pages vs. single pages since the bleeds are slightly different for each (3 sided vs. 4 sided). I found no solution to the problem on online forums about how printers prefer the files to be set up. Arguments were made for both options and everyone said that you simply need to talk to your printer. So yes this may seem like a rather basic mistake but it did not come up when I asked about specifications and file set up last Wednesday (28th). I haven’t actually gotten a book professionally bound and printed until now so I truly am new to the whole process. I’ve had all manner of other prints done, but just never a book. This wasn’t really covered on VisComm the way it is on BA Graphics. I emailed the printer about this issue with the sinking feeling that he wouldn’t get back to me until Tuesday morning, which proved to be the case. And first thing on Monday morning I had to make a tough decision, and simply call up the printer to let him know I couldn’t make the meeting because of all the issues. Now began the process of salvaging and finalizing as best I could.

7th May

In the end I simply had to abandon the idea of creating a mini book and made a series of A3 final design sheets instead. I sent these to the printer on Wednesday afternoon, pleading whether they could be ready for Thursday evening instead of Friday morning (as discussed on Tuesday when I had to call in to cancel). On Thursday morning I called in, first thing to check whether the A3 print files were fine, and I finally received a welcome break with the announcement that the prints were already done and ready for me to pick up! I think that since I had been in touch with the printer well in advance in preparation for this project, he went out of his way a bit to help me out of a tough patch. All in all to my over-stressed and sleep deprived self, this came across as an absolute miracle. Something finally went right!

Regarding the A3 prints:

“We will print on a 350gsm silk @£1 each and £8 setup.

You can have a matt laminate for an extra £1 each sheet.”

The final publication though, needed more salvaging and therefore more time. I went to speak to the course leader on Tuesday right after needing to cancel the appointment with the printer to basically update him on my situation and how to proceed. I managed to create a mock-up book (printed on nice quality paper on my home printer) and spiral bound in the library. At this stage I simply didn’t have time to get it printed and perfect bound as originally planned because of all the complications. Upon handing everything in I sent the PDF of the book to the printer anyway, thinking that it would be worth it for my portfolio and for ECP&E. My course leader made my day on Friday when he let me know that once the book was printed I can add it in anyway. The following week, when I went to pick up my A3 portfolio sheets (for ECP&E) I picked up the book as well.


EMP Publication: Part 1

This week I’ve really been feeling the pressure building for the EMP publication we are supposed to produce. Most people seem to either be using Blurb or binding the books on their own. Both of these options are a bit problematic for me because of the snowball effect of everything that has transpired lately. So I went back to my printing services list and actually began calling places up to make sure they do book binding (since that seems to be the main issue with local companies, that they don’t do binding). The printer at the Enterprise Pavilion will be conveniently closed around the time of our deadline so that doesn’t help. I picked up the phone and called up “dpi” and they absolutely made my day because they do everything I need, especially binding.

They do soft and perfect binding. My main concern was what deadline I have to set for myself for sending everything off for printing. I stressed that I needed everything done for Friday 7th of May and was told that as long as I give all the files to them at the beginning of that week, it’s fine, they will have plenty of time to get it done for Thursday evening. Which is great news! At the moment I don’t know yet the specifications of the publication, but I’m looking at A4 or under and I’m guessing 100-150 pages (possibly a second square book, also fits into A4, to showcase just the final designs. And of course A3 prints of the final designs (which I was told was £1 each). DPI also told me to just give them a call the week prior to when I need the printing done to go over any details and questions. So that’s the printing sorted!

EMP Search for Printing Services

As part of the EMP (Extended Major Project) we are required to design and print a book documenting the project from start to finish. The book should be of high quality, well thought through and an all-round good piece of design and is meant to act as a portfolio piece to show off at interviews. So I have begun the search for a print company to use when the time comes to get the book printed and here are the ones I have found so far…

1. Blurb

One of my tutors suggested Blurb as a good company to use for book printing and I must say that from what I have seen on their website I agree. Their website is friendly, and easy to use and you quickly get the information you need rather then needing to hunt around for the seemingly well-hidden prices. They even have a free application available to use for putting your book together! The only downside is the delivery time since it seems to be based in the US, which may prove to be a problem for me on this project and I might need to find a UK based company instead.

Above is their price list with all details you need…I think for this project I’d probably be looking at either the Portrait book or one of the Landscape ones.

I really like the look of the matte hardcover imagewrap and I think this is something I will try to look out for in the UK-based companies I hope to find.

2. ImageXL

This is literally the most conveniently located print company because it is at the Enterprise Pavilion within the AUCB campus.

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Enterprise Pavilion, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5HH

3. The Print Agency

This is a company a lot of people on the course seem to use and have quite good experience with, aaand a bonus is that it’s actually located in Bournemouth!

The Print Agency
Top Floor
Canford Chambers
22 St Peter’s Road

t | 01202 312 310
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m | 07866 418 588 or 07976 122205
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Our offices are located in the heart of the Bournemouth’s busy town centre – opposite Bliss and Toko on St. Peters Road.

On Foot:
If you walk through the town centre and turn into the Burlington Arcade (with Boots The Chemist on the corner), come through the arcade and on to St Peters Road, turn left and we are on the top floor of the first building on your left – (sign says The Print Agency)

4. DPI (design print internet)

Another print company in Bournemouth with high quality examples of their work on their site, and they seem to do just about everything. I was searching through many Bournemouth print company websites and so far this one has stuck out of the crowd as being the most impressive and professional-looking. This looks very promising. I’ll definitely be getting some quotes from them along with the Print Agency.

DPI Limited
The Warehouse
Rear Of 25
Southcote Road

Print Enquiries
Telephone 01202 552 555
Facsimile 01202 552 444

Design Enquiries