Taking a look back at some of the beautiful projects we’ve done in 2016, we came across a common theme – high end, elegant printed books that were perfectly bound. And, in this case, the term “perfect” doesn’t technically mean “amazing”, although we like to think so! “Perfect binding” is actually a book binding method for soft covers where the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible glue. Then, all of the other sides of the book are trimmed to give it a clean, “perfect” edge!
We love this method of printing, because they look professional, luxurious and kick the content up a notch. It’s a great alternative to other book printing methods, because you get the benefit of being able to print on the spine (something saddle stitch and spiral bound methods do not) and also are less expensive to produce then a typical hardcover book. So, these are actually a great way to create a high end printed item at a reasonable cost.
Here are a few of our favorite examples:
Showcasing Design Work:
In this case, we produced Gregory Lombardi Design’s Landscape Architecture book filled with amazing photography of his beautifully completed work. It helps to scale his work to showcase how elegant and high-end the final product really is.
Corporate Annual Reports:
For businesses that want to highlight their amazing work for the year, they often come to us to print their Annual Report in a unique way, which we recommend perfect binding. In this case, for the Harvard University Center for African Studies, their 2016 Annual Report is an stunning reminder of the amazing work they did throughout the year!
Books don’t necessarily have to be 100 pages. If you are putting together a brochure and want to make it feel high-end and give it that extra edge, you may want to consider perfect binding, like in this case for the Home Base Program with the Red Sox and MGH. What could’ve been a simple brochure is made into a sophisticated experience by creating an elegant book.
Thinking about how perfect binding could work for your next project? Contact us today to chat about this and other printing techniques.