Archives | 2019

June 27, 2019

CAPITAL PLANS AND BUILDING PLANS FOR 2019

Category: Books Blog

2018 was a heavy capital year for Friesens and this continues in 2019. Some equipment is already installed, and other equipment has been ordered and is scheduled for installation later this year. Let’s begin with the big news. Friesens is expanding. We will be adding 35,000 sq. feet to the west side of our existing […]

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June 17, 2019

Top 11 Rules of Typography Design

Category: Yearbooks Blog

I have heard people say, choosing fonts is the easy part of design. Personally that isn’t the experience I have had or seen others have. Typography is very important as far as yearbook design goes, and diving deeper into the world of fonts, typefaces, and all the components is hugely beneficial when making your selection. […]

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June 17, 2019

High-Fidelity Printing On Uncoated Paper

Category: Books Blog

We continue to see a growing number of high-fidelity art books, photography books, cookbooks, etc., on uncoated papers. While every job is treated with the same care, expertise, and attention to detail, we do know that certain markets/projects and customers have different needs and expectations. In general, the term “high-fidelity” colour describes a variety of […]

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June 17, 2019

Paper, Paper, Paper

Category: Books Blog

The good news is that we have returned, at least for the moment, to a place of greater stability with regards to paper supply for the book industry in North America. Paper is generally easy to buy right now, lead times have returned to normal (compared to the long lead times we encountered in 2018), […]

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June 07, 2019

Sell It..Start planning now!

Category: Yearbooks Blog

Do you need to sell your yearbooks? When do you start planning? May I humbly suggest you start now? I know it sounds early, but it’s really not. If you take a couple of minutes and think about next year right now in the middle of the hustle and bustle of June. It will have […]

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May 22, 2019

TEAM BUILDING

Category: Yearbooks Blog

So many areas of our lives work, school and play take team effort and yearbook is no exception. Putting a strong team together for such a large publication representing the school can be a challenge especially with a diverse group of students. Rules of thumb and fun: First, make sure your students want to be […]

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May 21, 2019

PLANNING AHEAD (Planning for Next Year)

Category: Yearbooks Blog

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ― Yogi Berra You’ve made all of your deadlines and your book is submitted to print! Besides your last push for sales, what else is there to do? PLAN ahead for next year! Tips to be ready: Clean Up and Organize: Clean […]

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May 09, 2019

What’s That Smell

Category: Books Blog

Smell is a powerful thing. We’ve known for a long time that smell is closely linked to memory. Maybe the smell of cookies makes you think about making with your grandmother, or perhaps the smell of freshly cut grass brings back thoughts of playing outside with friends. For me, it’s the smell of books. You […]

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May 09, 2019

Industry Challenges

Category: Books Blog

Last year we had issues with paper, as mills continued to close and there was a paper shortage throughout the industry.  Friesens having a good financial relationship with our paper mills and also forecasting and increasing our paper inventory/warehousing, helped us stay ahead of this issue and make it through relatively unscratched. And, this year, […]

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May 05, 2019

Expansion Plans for 2019

Category: Books Blog

2018 was a heavy capital year for Friesens, and 2019 will be no different. Some equipment is already installed, and other equipment has been ordered and is scheduled for installation later this year. Let’s begin with the big news. In 2018, Friesens replaced a twenty-year-old Kolbus hardcover line with a new Müller Martini line. The […]

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