Following the same format as the inaugural Brand New Awards book, the 2011 edition is as thick and juicy as the 2010 one, except this one comes dressed in a red-ish magenta cover that also happens to be laser-cut. A few details about the pros and cons of printing in China right after the specs and before the images.
Plus, obviously: You can buy the book here.
After doing four large print runs in the US of A we thought we would try printing in China. We reached this decision after seeing a quote that was a third of the price of what it would cost to print here. Laser-cut cover and all. Of course, what you save in printing price you spend in stress: (a) you are not on press, so you can’t make any adjustments; (b) it takes up to two months to get the finished product across the sea and the U.S. (from California to Texas); and, well, it’s printing in China, which is on the other side of the world. We had a great customer rep at ZRH Print and he kept us informed throughout the process, sending us photos from the production floor, and he was on top of the shipping process, tracking it until it got to us.
The book turned out really great. It’s not perfect, there are plenty of dust bits that I would have removed on press and some overall oomph in ink density lacking (I love me some dense ink) — but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with more communication. The highlight of the book is obviously the laser-cut cover with the logo of the 2011 Brand New Awards which is typeset in the glorious Dala Floda by Commercial Type which was begging to be laser-cut. So we did.
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blogs we publish
Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
events we organize
Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.
Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.