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Lead Image

United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book

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Production Method

Offset

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Design

In-house

Stephanie Archuleta, Sr. Graphic Designer
Vincent Crawley, writer

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Printing

Goetz Printing

A historical review with quality printing and a few production surprises along the way lead you through years of images and information. 

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Client

United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security


Quantity Produced

5,000


Production Cost


Production Time

3 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)


Page Count

92


Paper Stock


Number of Colors

PMS 199 + CMYK

Varnishes

Soft touch laminate


Binding

Perfect Bind


Typography

Whitney
Mercury Text
Tungsten

 


United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Book
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Project Description

The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Then and Now book is a comprehensive historical chronology of the DSS from the early 1900s to the present. As 2016 is also the 100 year anniversary of the DSS, this book was meant to be a memento for all Bureau of Diplomatic Security employees. Thus, I wanted to ensure that the layout, type, colors, and production materials were refined, elegant, clean; and a product worthy for employees to keep, long after they retire. Therefore, I designed a geometric theme for the cover, which allowed us to showcase some of our historical images in a clever way. For the earlier historical images, I found it uninteresting to keep all imagery in black and white. So for certain images, I added a subtle color overlay.

I also wanted to highlight the brilliance of Pantone 199, and decided that the cover was a great way to fully feature this hue. Through its use, I wanted to “€˜catch the eye”, without the color being too overwhelming. That is also why I used the color on the cover interior, under the fold-over flap. In efforts to engage the senses, I also selected a soft touch laminate for the cover, which allowed for a soft velvety feel, while also deepening the saturation of the rich black.  I'€™m extremely proud of this piece, and humbled that this book will be part of the historical collection of publications within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and U.S. embassies overseas. I think it’s also a great reflection of how designers are elevating federal government design, which, in our industry, so often has a reputation for being overly wordy, drab, and colorless.

Production Lesson(s)

With such a large flood of rich black on the cover, I wanted to ensure that we could prevent any excessive cracking at the score near the spine. Our printer suggested we use Invercote paper for the cover, which would also compliment the soft touch laminate. This turned out to be the perfect paper stock solution for our cover. When in doubt, trust your printer! ”

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

More: Online / On Twitter

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Date Published

July 22, 2016

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FPO (For Print Only), is a division of UnderConsideration, celebrating the reality that print is not dead by showcasing the most compelling printed projects.

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Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

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Prints / A variety of posters, the majority from our AIforGA series.

Other / Various one-off products.

events we organize

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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.

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Favorite Things we've Made / In our capacity as graphic designers.

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