Love is (so they say anyhow!), but getting your Annual Report designed and printed needn’t be any such thing as we’ve just proved once again.
Commissioned by public service giants Amey back in November, PrintHouse were tasked with producing, from start to finish, an Annual Report the company would be proud of …but without any of the issues that had dogged the design and print process they’d experienced before.
A detailed production schedule was worked on between the parties, with clearly defined timelines and responsibilities, ensuring that key personnel at both ends knew what was required and by when.
Having firmed up a design brief together, PrintHouse immediately got to work creating a range of templates for approval, paying clear attention of course to the existing brand guidelines. PDF and hard copy proofs were sent along with a host of samples; having produced Annual Reports and Brochures by the barrow load it was easy for us to show final examples of a variety of different finishes and materials to again help the production teams narrow down the final specs.
The coming weeks saw copy supplied along with draft tables for insertion as the studio began to create the master document in the chosen style. With everything in place it meant that when the final copy and final accounts were submitted, placing them became a simple task. With page count now also finalised a complete dummy booklet was created and supplied on the agreed substrates to ensure spine measurements were spot on and to allow exact calculations for postage requirements to be set. And with regard materials, in order for Amey to comply to their environmental responsibilities, we helped select a fully recycled material and made the appropriate FSC claim allowing them to gain all the positive green PR so associated.
And so to print. With sign off received a full set of hi-res press calibrated digital proofs was sent out same day for the client to give their final OK to. A good thing too as these highlighted one or two small issues that we were able to quickly and easily resolve. With two presses running day and night (so a back up always in place) we were able to print within 24 hours with the cover being matt laminated and a spot UV varnish effect being applied. The final job was then PUR bound — an extra strength glue to ensure that pages won’t simply fall out — boxed up and distributed as required. Oh, and of course a web optimised PDF was sent for uploading to the company website.
The final result looking just like this… (click images for larger pictures)
A delighted client was soon emailing
Just a quick note to say thank you for all your work on the annual report — it’s arrived today and everybody is really pleased with it.
If you’d like me and my crew to do the same for you, just send through details and I’ll be delighted to discuss how we could work together.