Archives | 2021

September 23, 2021

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Category: Books Blog

This summer, the Government of Canada has passed legislation making September 30th the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Over a period of more than a century, 150,000 First Nations children endured unimaginable conditions in an environment designed to strip them of their cultural heritage in the Indian Residential School System. For many Canadians, this part […]

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September 15, 2021

Reviewing A Yearbook

Category: Yearbooks Blog

As you start to build the 2021-2022 yearbook, it’s a good idea to take some time and review the previous year’s book with your staff. Reflect on how the year went, look at your yearbook and take notes on what changes you’d like to make for this year. Here are some pieces to keep in […]

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August 25, 2021

5 Design Trends for 2021-2022

Category: Yearbooks Blog

Whether you want your yearbook to be on the cutting edge of design, or if you prefer to keep the pages looking like the classic layouts of years past, paying attention to current design trends can help a great deal when creating your yearbook. However, tracking what’s in vogue can be time consuming. Below are […]

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August 10, 2021

Manitoba Book Awards

Category: Books Blog

On Thursday, May 20, the Manitoba Book Awards announced the winners of the eleven awards “celebrating excellence in Manitoba writing, book design and illustration, publishing, and stories.” Due to current health orders, a press release and social media posts alerted us to the winners. It was sad not to be at an industry-wide event two […]

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July 07, 2021

Working with Inserts, Foldouts, and Gatefolds

Category: Books Blog

By Ralph Hamm, Customer Service Manager Inserts have been a practical and efficient way for customers to include a smaller section or sections of photos in a book that is primarily text. We also see customers consolidate process images into an insert in titles where the pagination contains B&W images and text in order to […]

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July 06, 2021

Familiar Tools

Category: Books Blog

by Brad Schmidt, Colour Technical Support Specialist In the past few articles I have explored new software and its potential as an alternative to the more established programs. I have also looked at updates to our website and specifically the expansion of available ICC profiles on our website. I have already seen the fruits of […]

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July 06, 2021

Places We Sell

Category: Books Blog

By Elizabeth Cleveland, Midwest Sales Representative Hello! As a continuation of this series in our newsletter, I’m thrilled to be writing from Minneapolis during a period in history we will look back on as “the one when we were (nearly) set free.” What a year! 2020 brought many challenges for sure, but also a few […]

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July 06, 2021

New Prepress Workflow

Category: Books Blog

By Wally Thiessen, Prepress Manager The most exciting aspects about having the opportunity to work in prepress all these years is how we use technology and how our work continues to evolve. There is always another opportunity awaiting us around the corner! One of our goals in prepress this year is to build a plan […]

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July 06, 2021

How a Book is Made: The Glue That Binds

Category: Books Blog

Years ago, Friesens used PUR (Polyurethane reactive glue) to bind their softcover books when requested. The result at the time was not significantly better than the regular hot melt glue we also used. It was costlier, so we went away from using it. Over time, suppliers improved PUR glue significantly making it a user-friendly and […]

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June 25, 2021

Friesens, Our History in Print

Category: Books Blog

By David Friesen I spent my working career manufacturing books for authors and publishers. Never did I imagine that I would become an author myself. However, after I retired, Chad approached me about writing an updated corporate history of Friesens, and include some of my own thoughts and remembrances on the years I spent at […]

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