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True Grit: Concho 2016 Annual Report

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Production Method

Offset

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Design

Squires & Company

Creative Director: Michael Beukema
Designer: David Broderick

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Printing

Millet the Printer

A unique metaphor is used in this Annual Report to convey spirit and message, not just content. Beautifully crafted using two unexpected colors for the interior, and a solid deboss on the cover this is one annual report I’d much rather read printed than online. 

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Client

Concho Resources


Quantity Produced

12,500


Production Cost


Production Time

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

8.25 × 10.75 × 0.5 in.


Page Count

164


Paper Stock

Mohawk / Loop / Jute Antique Vellum / 110 DTC
Neenah / Classic Crest / Natural White Eggshell / 80 T
Domtar / Cougar / Smooth / 70 T


Number of Colors

2

Varnishes


Binding

Perfect Bound


Typography

Fairview
ITC American Typewriter Medium
LTUnivers 430 Basic Regular
LTUnivers 510 Compressed Medium
LT Univers 530 Basic Medium
LTUnivers 630 Basic Bold
Rough Egyptienne

 


True Grit: Concho 2016 Annual Report
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Project Description

At the end of 2016, Concho Resources approached us to design their next annual report. The project goals were to create a solution that was metaphorical, communicated their strength during the industry's downturn, and maintained the tone of a relatively small independent company. "True Grit" was inspired by idea that Concho's success is due to their determination to stick to their strategy, regardless of the obstacles in their path. The metaphor of a lone cowboy visualized their independence and ability to forge ahead, while resonating with their west Texas headquarters.

To allow this concept to live within Concho's more modern brand, we juxtaposed western visual language with contemporary references: the registered deboss is a nod to cattle brands, circular stamps were inspired by old Western Union telegrams, condensed typography refers to old southwestern signage, and the diffused monotone imagery had a dustiness that reinforced the idea of grit.

Production Lesson(s)

This project really reinforced how establishing constraints can introduce opportunities. For example, using a single ink on the cover allowed us to print a significantly more detailed texture in the title because we didn't have to worry about registration and additional inks plugging up. The limited color palette also brought a lot of unity to the piece overall, allowing us to mix type treatments more liberally. Lastly, it was a study in how materials can make the piece. We're lucky to have great paper reps that we work closely with, who put together several different dummies before finding the right combination of sheets.”

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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

May 22, 2017

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events we organize

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Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.

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

Projects we've Concluded / Long- and short-lived efforts.

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