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The Bookmaker’s Studio

Successfully funded by a recent Kickstarter campaign, The Bookmaker's Studio is a photographic project by Jake Green exploring the working spaces and celebrating some of the best established and emerging children’s illustrators working today. #PrintedByPark

Printing of the Bookmaker’s Studio gives further details.


The challenge

The wealth of creative talent contributing to the publishing of The Bookmaker’s Studio was overwhelming. The finished product had to reflect the level of effort and contribute to the exclusivity of the limited editions.

Jake had a clear idea and a detailed outline of what was required, prior to approaching Park. The pictures had all been taken, the text written, and all the layouts designed. We were brought in to provide quality printing, advise on and test finishing techniques, supply dummies for different weights of material, and produce an Indigo book proof so photographs could be taken, to help with the crowd funding.

The artists not only gave Jake an insight into their world, but also original artworks, doodles and drawings, which needed to be crafted into the covers of some of the limited edition copies.

The ‘no-fail’ deadline culminated in an official launch exhibition at The House of Illustration in Kings Cross.


Our solution

Image and 200# plate profiles, specially developed for the uncoated paper, were applied, special hard drying inks for uncoated materials were used, and the job printed to ISO 12647-2 (2013) colour standards.

Proofs were supplied as hi-res Epsons on uncoated paper, and Indigo book proofs to help the crowd funding process. Park accurately matched the signed-off proofs on press and Jake was able to pass the first section, leaving the rest to us.

We suggested and tested several binding techniques, made up dummies for various weights of materials, and tested each of the binding techniques. 3 hole sewing was chosen for its exclusivity, adding to the value of the limited editions.

We took Jake to meet the binders so we could all understand the process. The artwork covers were each one-of-a-kind and the limited edition run did not allow for any mistakes.

In total 350 limited editions were printed. All covers were either letterpress printed or de-bossed, some had hand-creased dust jackets stitched on, and others had unique, original artworks hand-folded and crafted into covers, all with no casualties and ready for the preview exhibition.

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Kemistry Gallery: 100 Years of Graphic Design

For ten years London’s Kemistry Gallery has been the UK’s leading exhibition space for cutting-edge graphic design.  Recently forced out of its Shoreditch home due to rent rises, Kemistry Gallery is now committed to finding a new permanent space.

Supported by an initial grant from Arts Council England, and by over 500 supporters through Kickstarter (a crowd funding site), Kemistry Gallery hopes to maintain a programme of exhibitions, publications and fundraising activities to support the UK’s graphic design community, and secure the Gallery’s long-term future.

Park were chosen to print the catalogue for an exhibition which was part of a drive to #SaveKemistryGallery.


The challenge

Kemistry Gallery: 100 Years of Graphic Design was sold before, during and after the exhibition for £15 to contribute to the already growing support.  Kemistry wanted to enhance the quality of the catalogue to encourage sales, but reduce the environmental impact, in-line with the aspirations of the creative audience and funders.


Our solution

The Kemistry catalogue was produced under a robust environmental management programme adhering to ISO14001 and EMAS (Park are 1 of 8 printers in the UK to hold this certification).

Under our environmental management programme:

*plates were run using minimal amounts of chemistry and any waste was rendered harmless and recycled

*plates were run under a programme to reduce the amount of water required to process each plate (5% per year)

*plates were collected for recycling after use

*presses run to alcohol levels below 3% and any waste chemistry was recycled

*inks used are vegetable oil based and any waste recycled

*waste paper generated during production was minimised under our programme to reduce overs for make ready

*waste paper was segregated into white and printed waste to maximise recyclability

*electricity use was minimised under Park’s commitment to the Government’s Climate Change Levy Exemption Scheme (reduce electricity by 2% per year)

*all production was carried out in-house to avoid the carbon generated through transport to outworkers

*catalogues were delivered to Kemistry on a vehicle delivering other product to the same area, so keeping carbon emissions generated by transport to the minimum

*paper recommended by Park was Cyclus, a 100% recycled offset

*catalogues were sold at the Kemistry exhibition so avoiding carbon generated through a mailing process.

This report won in the Environmental/Recycled Paper category in the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2015. 

David Collins Studio: Retail Journal

Established in 1985, David Collins Studio is an Architectural based consultancy which has redefined luxury interior design on a global scale.

They chose Park to print the Retail Journal in December 2014 after hearing of our reputation for collaborating with luxury brands.


The challenge

The Retail Journal is a marketing piece for David Collins Studio, who say they are: “creative, commercially minded, strive for innovation and refinement, and add value to a brand.”  Park had to make sure each of these elements was reflected in the production of the Retail Journal to further add value to their brand.


Our solution

Park suggested using a Colorplan Bright White Morocco Finish to add a tactile feel to the cover of the journal, and a silver foil to add a touch of luxury.  Pop'set Grey was used to create a deliberate beginning and end, to separate the more mundane information from the beautiful images and customer quotes.

A 200# screen and our uncoated plate profile, together with hard drying inks also adapted for uncoated materials, were used, giving excellent detail, vibrancy and colour consistency throughout.

Proofs were supplied as hi-res Epson proofs on uncoated paper, with running sheets sent to the customer adhering to ISO12647 colour management targets.  Park’s Colour Manager accurately matched the signed-off proofs on press.

52 binding sections created by the 14 x 2pp tip-ins required 3 passes on the PUR binder, giving good cross spine match-ups, colour and positioning.

A member of the Park production team supervised the foiling at the outworker.

This report has been shortlisted in the Book & Booklets category in the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2015.