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Beauty Papers Issue #5

Beauty Papers Issue #5 is a photography focussed, London-based, independent magazine dedicated to exploring the culture of beauty and make up. 

The challenge

The objective for the production was to produce very high quality images throughout.  Beauty Papers Issue #5 comprises 8 different front covers with a common text (seven different covers and a limited edition run of 150 copies with another different cover).

Our solution

We suggested using a mixture of gloss, uncoated and a hybrid sheet to add interest and tactility to the reading experience.  White paper dummies were prepared, so that the customer could see how each would work within the magazine.  Machine scatterproofs were produced so the customer could ensure the imagery reproduced exactly as they wished on the chosen stocks.

Trials were carried out on press using different screens and inks to ensure we achieved the very best reproduction of the imagery, including on the hybrid sheet.

200# screens, each specially developed for each of the coated, uncoated and hybrid materials, together with specially developed plate profiles were applied to gain the best reproduction.

The limited edition cover was to be printed with neon pink.  In order to help Beauty Papers understand how this would look, the pink was integrated into the image so that our Epson proofs simulated the neon pink.

Final artwork was proofed using hi-res Epson proofs on coated and uncoated proofing paper.

Adhering to ISO 12647-2 (2013) colour standard, we accurately matched the signed-off proofs while the customer passed on press.

Print production, folding and binding for Beauty Papers Issue #5 were completed in-house.

The results

* We proposed material, finishes, and by providing high quality production, enabled Beauty Papers to achieve a creative, captivating, tactile product within a modest budget and speedy timetable

*The power and essence of the photography was conveyed and the detail and colour of the imagery accurately reproduced

*Exceptional lift and detail was achieved on the uncoated stock

*Areas of solid colour were smooth and consistent

*Blacks were dense and good contrast maintained throughout

*Folding and PUR binding were to a high standard



This magazine was part of the winning submission for Bespoke Magazine Printer of the Year in the PrintWeek Awards

To discuss your publication please contact Alison Branch on:

@ParkCommLondon #PrintedByPark

émergent Magazine Issue #02

émergent is a biannual magazine that showcases painters through interviews, conversations and essays, with the aim of providing a curated space in which artists work can be better understood. 

Each issue attempts to adopt the ideals of a gallery within the printed page, and features a new group of contemporary artists that exhibit a series of recent works, along with in-depth interviews and a rare look into the studio.


The challenge

For émergent’s Editor and Art Director, Reuben Beren James, and Editor and Creative Director, Albert Riera Galceran, the magazine is very much about providing a platform for emerging artists, for some of them it will be their first time in print.

They wanted the magazine’s pages to function like the walls of a gallery to showcase the contemporary painters and a final finished product that stood out from other independent magazines.

Our solution

Ruben’s and Albert’s preference was for a recycled paper stock.  Park suggested several different recycled materials and prepared dummies.  Cyclus was chosen as it was off-white, reproduced well and brought a natural feel.

To add differentiation to the cover, at a modest extra cost, we suggested an emboss finish was applied, to give a textured finish and a tactile look-and-feel.  The customer was shown samples of several different finishes and chose a fine linen emboss.

To add a visual element, and so that issue#02 offered multiple covers, one of seven different A6 postcard-sized prints (of artwork included in the magazine) was heat sealed to the front of each magazine.

A 200# screen and plate profiles, specially developed for uncoated materials, were used to maximize accuracy and lift in image reproduction.

Proofs were supplied as hi-res Epson proofs on uncoated paper.

Adhering to ISO12647 colour management targets, we accurately matched the signed-off proofs while the customer passed on press.

Print production, folding, binding and heat sealed poly bagging were completed in-house, while a member of the production team supervised the fine linen embossing at the outworkers.

The results

* The proactive contribution by Park, enabled the customer to achieve a creative, captivating product

* An interesting tactile and eye-catching cover which draws the reader in

* Excellent lift, detail and accurate colour reproduction of the imagery

* Smooth and consistent areas of solid colour

* Dense black and very good contrast on imagery

* Accurate folding and PUR binding


To discuss your publication please contact Alison Branch on:

@ParkCommLondon #PrintedByPark

Rapha Mondial Issue#006

Mondial, is a bi-annual magazine from lifestyle cycle brand Rapha, containing long-form writing, photography and in-depth reportage, all connected to cycling.  The company is known for their refined and classic aesthetic, and have extended their sophisticated style to the magazine’s design.

The Challenge

To underpin and enhance their brand, Rapha publishes a cycling magazine for its loyalty customers with the name ‘Rapha Mondial’.  For the sixth issue, Park’s brief was to contribute to the creativity and tactility, and deliver an eye-catching, high quality magazine that reflected their brand, a perfect blend of luxury, performance and aesthetics and which screamed out ‘pick me up and read me’.

In this issue Rapha wanted to “up their game” in terms of the aesthetics of the magazine.  They were already using our XD screening technology (allowing both conventional and stochastic screens to be used on the same plate) and the design style was already set, so Park suggested that they continue to do so, but for this issues change the materials used.

Our Solution

To increase the interest of the reading experience, we proposed using a mixture of materials within the text: matt, gloss, uncoated, together with a tactile uncoated stock for the cover.

We prepared a number of white paper dummies, each with a different combination of papers so that Rapha could choose the mix that best reflected the brand.

We applied our unique Park XD Screening technology.  For the coated (gloss) stock, this used a 240# Sublima (hybrid) screen to the images, and a 21 micron stochastic screen to the four colour tints.  For the uncoated stock, a 200# conventional screen was used.

Within ParkXD Screening, the use of two screens within a single page, produces the best reproduction of imagery (maximum detail, vibrancy and lift) while ensuring that tints and vignettes remain smooth and even (of particular importance to Rapha).

At our suggestion, the solid black article headings were converted to print as 4 colour process in order to obtain a more dense black.  In addition, we neutralised the monochrome imagery to ensure the images maintained a consistent colour when printed.

Plate profiles, developed to achieve the best results on each material, were applied.

Epson proofs were supplied on each of uncoated and coated paper to ensure an accurate colour match on press.

Special hard drying inks were used to print the uncoated materials.

The sheets were printed to ISO 12647-2 (2013) colour standard, with the customer on-site to pass the cover and first few text sections.

All print production, folding and binding were carried out in-house, while a member of the production team supervised the foiling on the cover at the outworker.

The Results
  • An eye-catching, tactile result that calls the customer to ‘pick me up and read me’
  • A differentiated text based cover
  • Photography that is accurately and powerfully conveyed
  • Excellent lift/detail achieved throughout, including on the uncoated text sections
  • Smooth tints and pages of solid colour
  • Dense black and very good colour consistency on the monochrome imagery
  • Excellent cross-spine match-ups: colour and positioning
  • Accurate folding and PUR binding


This magazine has been shorlisted in the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2018.


To discuss your publication please contact Alison Branch on:

@ParkCommLondon #PrintedByPark