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House Industries

Quantity Produced

1,000 (hardcover)

Production Cost

Too much

Production Time

Update: US$39,227 (source)

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

8.5 in × 8.5 in

Page Count


Paper Stock

First signature: 80lb linen text
Second Signature: 80lb French Paper, butcher orange

Number of Colors

First signature: 4-color process plus metallic gold
Second signature: 3 spot colors (opaque white, orange and black)
Linen cover: 1 spot color (metallic gold)


First signature: Spot varnish


Smythe sewn
Once cover was glued to board it was foil stamped with the House/Girard factory logo in white (2 hits)


Girard Fonts by House Industries


House Industries is most notably known for their innovative type design and their clever and unique packaging systems for their work; but an often overlooked aspect is their dedication to amazingly printed products. Whether it’s the packages themselves, the promotional catalogs or even their No. 10 envelopes, the House Industries crew knows how to take care of (printed) business. Their latest project is the wonderfully quirky and fresh collection of Girard Fonts, based on the illustrative and textural work of Alexander Girard. While the type families would be enough of a visual jolt, House Industries created a limited edition — only 1,000 copies — book with stuff from the 4-year-process of putting together this new collection. The book uses a lot of linen paper. Linen paper is hard to make look good. Much harder to make it look this good.

Co-founder Andy Cruz here expands on the “Other” production detail that made this book even more fun to produce:

For this project we got a bad batch of linen stock that decided to fan-out all over the press. After a valiant attempt to chase the 4/c process, metallic gold and spot varnish registration we decided to pull the job and kindly ask the paper supplier to send us a better skid of stock. When the job was off-press we had another chance to spend more/fix some things we screwed up on by adjusting a few traps and color builds that didn’t translate well once the job went from proof to the actual paper. We were back on press a few days later and the only surprise this time was how strong the varnish was once it dried. For the spot color pages we did the standard House Industries dense black, orange and opaque white overprinting extravaganza on the French Paper’s Orange Butcher. I wanted to find a linen stock for the cover that we could run offset but didn’t look like an execu-planner you’d find at Staples. After getting clearance from the bindery on adhesion, I asked the printer if they wouldn’t mind printing the paper on the glue side instead of the recommended print side. The glue side had a nicer color and more tactile finish. Fortunately It didn’t break the press.

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Production Method

Foil stamp




Art Direction: Andy Cruz
Design: Andy Cruz, Bondé Prang
Photography: Carlos Alejandro, Herman Miller, Vitra, Wright Auctions, Coach Photography
Illustration: Alexander Girard, Marilyn Neuhart, House Industries

Typography: Kenny Barber, Ben Kiel, Hannes Famira, Laura Meseguer
Copy: Rich Roat



Printer: Hank Grabowski, DPCI
Bindery: Bindery Associates

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

May 7, 2009


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