How do you make a coffee table book that looks like cork, and doubles as a coaster that can hold up to a sweaty beer glass? We’ll never tell. But we did it. And for our efforts, we were rewarded with two awards at the 2019 Pacific Printing Industries Association Printrocks! competition: “Best Use of Substrate” and “Best of Binding, Perfect.”
The achievement was a result of our close collaboration with Bend, Oregon creative agency Flask and their client Crux Fermentation Project. They knew what they wanted, but didn’t know how to pull it off. And neither did the first suppliers they tried. But at Premier, we never say no. We did extensive research and testing to find a material that had the right look and feel, that would work with our printing processes, and that could be glued at the spine of the book.
Once we found the perfect cork material, we did a small run on our Indigo digital press, using matte black pigmented foil on the cover, and a silk substrate paper inside. The book has been so well received, we all look forward to Volume 2.