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CONSOLIDATED PRESS -- Landscapes in Print

March 2002

"By using an uncoated paper, the piece conveys the combination of culture and concept that was found throughout the actual competition and its gardens."

Using an uncoated stock was also essential to the black-and-white architectural sketches throughout the piece.

Hennessy worked with Consolidated Press, based in Elk Grove Village, IL, to print "Constructed Ground." The printer's objective was to communicate both the visual and tactile qualities of the book. It was essential that Consolidated highlight the premium quality of Hennessy's work, which would be demonstrated, literally, at the readers' fingertips. They looked to create eye-popping images, but also readable text.

Consolidated Press ran the four-color job on a 40˝ Komori sheetfed offset press. The printer also employed stochastic screening to bring out vibrancy and depth in the printed images.

"By applying the stochastic screening, our results were vibrant, crystal-clear photographic images and sketches free of screen rulings and angles or other interferences," notes Mark Jaskiewicz, production manager at Consolidated Press.

"Titanium Opaque made all the difference with this project," he adds. "We achieved excellent ink lay down and superior hold-out. The extra-fast dry time was also ideal. We didn't want to deal with the text spoiling an image or a sketch by bleeding through, so it was important to the printing of this piece that we use a strong opaque paper."

Jaskiewicz adds that there was no ink bleed through and that the images printed crisply and cleanly on the surface of the page. "It achieved the goals of this job perfectly."

The final launch of "Constructed Ground" was the stepping off point for a project that would stay with the city of Chicago for generations. "We hope that this design will draw people into the park, both as an actual place and as a creative idea," says Hennessy.
 

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