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Beautiful Staple Zine & Booklet Inspiration

Recently I’ve had an idea of putting together a small staple-bind magazine (or “zine” as they’re commonly referred as). I want to give print design a bit of a bash.

I want to be able to hold something beautiful that I created in my own hands, and send them out to my followers as something to help inspire them with their work, so in this post I’ve collected a few examples of things I really like, with some really awesome booklet printing. I thought I’d share them with you, and hopefully get your advice, too.

My biggest problem as of yet is not having a topic. I have several ideas floating around in my head, but I’m not totally sure what I want to focus on yet. This is where you might be able to help! What would you like to see? A few ideas of mine have been: a booklet full of good quality interview with popular designers, a booklet full of interesting and fresh vintage/retro style illustrations, or a some sort of guide teaching you how to do certain things, possibly UI based. I’d love to know what you’d be interested in buying (these will be cheap!), so please do comment on this post and let me know what you’d like to see.

Below are a collection of things related to this format that I really like. I’m actively seeking more inspiration for the project I have in mind, so expect a larger post like this!

Colouring Book by James Jarvis

I remember having colouring books as a kid and sometimes thinking “these are a little rubbish!”. Some of them were brilliant, good paper stock (not that I knew what this was at the time), and good drawings. Others were thin like tissue paper, and the drawings were terrible. Maybe a colouring book could be something that could go down reasonably well with the mothers and children?

James Jarvis Colouring Book

James Jarvis Colouring Book

James Jarvis Colouring Book

James Jarvis Colouring Book

Matrix for Regular Events 2010/11 by Atelier Martino&JaƱa

These editorial zines are absolutely stunning. I love the typography and the general layout, and think a format like this would work tremendously well for an inspiration or interview based booklet.

Matrix for Regular Events 2010/11

Matrix for Regular Events 2010/11

Matrix for Regular Events 2010/11

Matrix for Regular Events 2010/11

Coco Book by Ruth Pearson

I especially love the large typography in this, and the fact that it has been printed on black paper – that’s just hot!

Coco Book

Coco Book

I need your help!

So what would you buy? Is there a space (very small, mind you) that needs filling on your bookshelf? If this first issue goes well, I’d love to do more!

Debate #2 – You’re designing a Christmas Card, how would you set it up ready for print?

Circlebox Debate - You're Designing a Christmas Card, how would you set it up ready for print?

Thanks to everyone who took part in Debate #1 – ‘If you had to give up all but one application, which one would you keep?’. It was very successful with 28 comments in total, and I think it’s safe to say Firefox was the most chosen application due to the quality of the free web-based applications that are available today!

So here is Debate number two! This week we have a Christmas and Print Design related question:

You’re designing a Christmas Card, how would you set it up ready for print?

Be sure to answer the question in detail. Which software would you use? How would you export it as a PDF? Are there any particular settings you would use? Remember to include details on bleed and fold lines. I want you to pretend this is a real project that you’re about to prepare for print! The card is standard 4-color CMYK.



 

Looking forward to hear your answers! Be sure to come back, this is going to be interesting!

10 Great Examples of Spot UV Business Cards

In this post I have rounded up ten great examples of business cards that make good use of the much loved special printing technique, Spot UV. Spot UV is a superb (but sometimes expensive) way to add a bit of ‘oomph’ to not only your business cards, but all your designs and products that are going to press!

Realmac UK

realmac-uk

Natural Selection

natural-selection

Miles Dowsett

Miles Dowsett

Marcus Acker

Marcus Acker


 

Hidden Creative

hidden-creative

Heavy

Heavy

Elements

Elements

Bump

Bump

blvd

blvd

2%

2%
Remember, if you want your own Spot UV business cards, stationery, or flyers, please contact me!