Improving my publishing unbound box (binding system)

Over the Christmas break I decided to order vinyl type in gold, copper, reflective gold and yellow as a stencil cutout and once they arrived, I decided to use copper on a black top box and leave on the bottom the brown cardboard looking one from the first trial.

I research who to apply the vinyl and after a long time trying to do it perfect this is the edited video of the application, without all the troubles taking the white paper of and sticking the letters in the right place.

I’m quite happy with the result since it looks simple but professional, and not so “crafty” like the previous one.


Publishing Unbound exhibition

After two month of research, workshops and development, all the studio member came with fantastic project outcomes and we were able to have a very successful exhibition showcasing our final Publishing Unbound zines and binding methods as the centre piece and development sketchbooks and workshop outcomes surrounding it, creating an exhibition or better said, a feeling of our studio.

Porterzine print swapping and studio exhibition

Once the 25 copies of my zine were finished, printed and folded, it was time to swap them with my studio members. It was a great opportunity to give and receive feedback from your classmates  and also to create a mini studio exhibition and see how our work played off. Once we swapped then I ended up with a stack of colourful zines ready to bind, On the same day we also had a great chance to photograph properly our work in the studio for our portfolios.

Box making and other outcomes

Time to try my different ideas. First step was to make a box to fit the zines, so A5 size. I had white, brown and black cardboard to use, so I started with the brown one.

The proceed to try my first idea, stamps imitation letterpress, but I did not like the result on paper so I moved from there. Then I tried to use our studio logo, but I struggled to figure out how to print it with the box already made, So that took me to a second idea.

Using acetate and attaching it to the box. I tried both, the title of the project and studio name, and my actual poster zine design which I ended up using. Then I decided to use a white thin stripe of tape to hold it down and use it for the exhibition, since I had to have something done but didn’t want it to be my final one.

After putting the box aside and making another box, this time black, I decided to order vinyl cut, but it wold not arrive until after the exhibition. With all the paper I pulled out of my drawer to experiment with I decided to use my colour designs to print on tracing paper to experiment and see the outcome. So I did, and ended please with the prints as a set.

The last step was to fill the box with all the zines and check everything fit perfectly. It ended up being a little too big for so little zines so the black one I kept it thinner.

Exhibition preparation and work photographs

Exhibition time, a week from now, while studio members still have to finish the box or binding for the stack of zines, some of us start setting up a few pieces around the studio and planning the outcome.

We also set up a photography studio on one corner of the room for us to photograph our final zine and have some good shots for our portfolio. First project almost finished, and a new one to come after the break. Proud of the outcomes so far.

Printing and final folded stack of zines

Once I had the paper and the finished zine, it was time to print it. Since it was black and white, the quicker and best option for my paper was laser print. The first thing to do, was to cut all the paper in A3 pieces, the actual size of the final zine. Then I took it to Print Britannia, since after a few trials with the library printer, I noticed that the ink dried very slow on my paper so when printing multiple copies, the papers ended up in the same tray and when looking at them, the ink had smudged all over them.

Once printed, I realised that I did not take in consideration that laser printers always have white edges around, but fortunately, it was a very small white edge so it did not look too bad.

Next step, folding them. After an hour and a half folding 30 zines, I had to place several heavy books on, to flatten them, since the paper was too thick and hard to fold and it didn’t look flat when folded.

At the end, I was quite please with how the paper made y design look and with the design itself, events the complications in the way. Ready for the exhibition!

Paper research and successful trip

After a the zine was digitally finished, it was time to go look for paper. So me and a group of people from class to a trip to Atlantis Art Materials shop in Moorgate.
Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 19.51.00It was interesting going all together, since we all had the same project but very different outcomes. After looking for the best suitable paper for my outcome I decided to go for a colour A2 card, 300 gr weight, so it’s be easy to fold with no creases.

The final colour decision was based on me looking for two pastel cool tone cards that looked well paired together. And after looking through their whole stock I found an interesting textured marbleise look card in what it looked like a blue greyish, as I had planned, and a mauve that looked beautiful as a set. The weight was 350 gr but the paper looked ok to me to fold later on.

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Final typographic zine poster

After taking Cocogoose letterpress typeface and playing with kerning and manipulating it to my desire, I created a single rectangular pattern, that after I repeated 3 times, imitating the repetition idea used with the article images, and finished it by writing the title of my poster with Impact, same typeface used in the final title for the article.

Since my idea was to print it in a light blue greyish paper, I decided to first try and see the final look on a screen, finding it very successful.

Once I thought to be finished, I decided to play with colour and see the outcomes. I ended uo liking the result and left them for extra possible printing for another occasion or maybe use it for the binding method. Thinking ahead.


Binding method research

The zine is finished and it’s time to move on to the binding method. Even tho I do really enjoy binding books, I decided that the right and appropriate way to do it for this project was to make a designed box. So i proceed to do some research to get inspiration an ideas.

My initial thought it’s to keep it very simple and minimal so it goes well with all the zines, so the focus it’s the zines and not the box. Similar to an opening for the main outcome, the zines.

Cover inspiration and inconvenient

After some research and typographic poster inspiration, The first idea that came to my mind was to go to letterpress and experiment with the word “Print” and with the same method as the article, repetition and  interesting layout.

Unfortunately, the letterpress room was going to be closed until after the deadline, so I had to move away from that idea and sketch something else. I still wanted to have a letterpress effect, so the typeface I used in my first article layout title came to my mind. Cocogoose Letterpress regular. The type was too round and not tall enough for watch I wanted it for, so the final decision was to use photoshop as my medium to manipulate type and create the final poster. There’s always some kind of problems when designing and it will make you take a step back, but sometimes, that issue will force you to think different and come up with an even better result than the initial idea.