Thursday, 21 February 2013

505 Workshop//lists

After having had a studio crit based on the 5 formats we brought in, related to our professional practice, we devised a series of lists to help progress onto the next stage.

x5 things I don't know about my products:

- how to do coptic stitch binding by hand, step-by-step

- what uses are there for coptic stitch binding and what type of books use this method of binding?

- different methods of printing onto glass, commercially

- different ways/methods of packaging a cd (other than a plastic case...)

- can coptic stitch binding be reproduced non-manually (and on a mass scale?)

- different ways/alternatives for printing onto cd's

x5 things I don't know about processes (that I want to do...):

- foiling within aspects of an illustration (or other printed aspects)

- coptic stitch binding

- layering stock to create different layers of colour, how to do this properly and neatly

- gilded edge to publication pages (or single page, stock)

- how to re-create a spot varnish effect within a student, studio environment

- printing using spot colour, as a student on a budget

- perforated packaging, different methods and the different types of perforation that exist

x3 things I would do to improve my favourite product (skull book):

- time-consuming to produce and need for binding to be executed and finished off perfectly in order for the book to function and look good (at end result)

- add a spot varnish or even foiling at the front cover (not distinguished enough from content pages)

- create a protective casing for the book, hard cover or die-cut? more interactive and finishes off the book as more of a gift/an experience

x3 reasons why I like this product:

- the 'exposed' coptic binding with printed title on the spine; adds a twist on the binding method and creates a striking feature on the cover 

- the basic colour scheme used, the black and white with the addition of a neon spot colour is very effective and encourages the colour to pop out

- the subtlety of the book title as a sticker, allowing the imagery ad content to speak for itself

- the size/thickness ratio is ergonomic and nice for the user to hold and flick through

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