Gold Ink Awards Entry: Self-Promotional Piece Captures Printer's Passion
PHILADELPHIA — April 7, 2016 — This 2016 Gold Ink Awards entry was submitted by Wallace Carlson Printing in Minnetonka, Minn., and entered into the Sheetfed Brochures category. Titled "It's All in the Set Up ...", this promotional piece was designed to show the wide range of capabilities the commercial printing company offers and the value it places in its skilled employees — in a very clever, creative and inspiring way.
The complete promotion consists of three components, a box neatly wrapped in a red paper ribbon that, when opened, contains two booklets — one that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the venerable printing company, and a second booklet for writing down notes and ideas. It is the detail throughout every component of this Gold Ink entry, and the beautiful photography combined with vivid colors, stunning visual effects and embellishments that really makes this piece stand out. CEO Ann Turbeville's dog, Bella, also plays a starring role as the company pooch, inviting prospects to tour Wallace Carlson's facility.
The press run of 2,000 brochures, was produced on Wallace Carlson's new eight-color Komori Lithrone G40 sheetfed offset perfector (GL840P) that's equipped with a PQA-S dual-camera inspection system and an H-UV curing system. The paper chosen for this project was New Leaf Paper — most of it 100% post-consumer recycled fiber stock. For the cover of the brochures, Reincarnation silk coated cover 150-lb. was used; and the inside pages featured Reincarnation gloss coated 80-lb. cover, Ingenuity uncoated 80-lb. cover and Reincarnation silk coated 80-lb. cover.
Toyo inks were used, and several varnishes and aqueous and UV coatings were incorporated to create multiple special effects. According to Mike Worthington, VP of sales and marketing at Wallace Carlson, the H-UV technology along with the various stocks and coatings, required a unique printing approach to each individual section of the piece.
Numerous binding and finishing techniques were also incorporated, including several French fold pages, double-thick and glued covers, stitch/sewn covers on the face, diecuts, embossing and Wire-O binding.
According to Worthington, while this piece tested the entire Wallace Carlson creative and production teams, it also brought out the best in them to pull it off so exceptionally. "The whole project was unique — from concept and design to print and finish. And, judging from the great response we've received, other people also agree," adds Worthington.
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