Équipe | Témoignages

Suzanne Vandenberg, Calgary Mountain Publishing

The Treasure

Les livres sont arrivés en bon état et sont magnifiques. Ils sont bien reçus et les gens me demandent qui est mon imprimeur. Je leur réponds que Friesens est une entreprise exceptionnelle et que c’était un plaisir de travailler avec vous tous.

Merci pour tout!


Lisa et Leslie Jones, Grant Morris Associates Ltd

Barbados Anniversary

Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs. Obtenir ces livres à temps pour le lancement était pour nous de la plus haute importance.

Votre entreprise nous avait déjà été fortement recommandée et comme nous participions aussi au processus de comparaison des imprimantes et des tarifs proposés, dès le premier entretien de Lisa avec vous, elle a pressenti que Friesens était l’entreprise qu’il nous fallait. Merci encore à votre équipe!
Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs.


Terry et Angelo Corrao, Colfax Press

Fatherdaughter


Merci infiniment à Friesens d’avoir fait de notre album de photos FATHER DAUGHTER une première expérience d’impression inoubliable. Nous avons été impressionnés par tant d’aspects que nous avons dû les énumérer :

  • l’excellente communication du début à la fin;
  • le respect de l’échéancier;
  • une équipe d’impression très talentueuse et compétente;
  • une usine extrêmement propre et respectueuse de l’environnement;
  • une grande attention aux clients, notamment en prévoyant tous leurs besoins, tant techniques
  • qu’artistiques;
  • un hébergement agréable offrant le confort d’un foyer.

Lila Strand, Luminescence Publishing

The Star Children

Je tiens à exprimer ma gratitude envers votre entreprise et les gens merveilleux qui offrent un service aussi fantastique. Merci de votre service à la clientèle exceptionnel : votre patience, votre courtoisie et votre serviabilité, sans oublier vos merveilleuses compétences techniques! Je vous remercie infiniment de votre volonté de redoubler d’efforts jusqu’à ce que tout soit parfait! En fait, je suis ravie du livre, de son apparence et de sa texture. Je ne pense pas que je pourrais en être plus heureuse. Je vous remercie tous du fond du cœur!


Milenda Lee, Columbia University Press

Man of Peace

Je viens d’avoir des nouvelles des personnes ayant reçu les exemplaires de prépublication. Steve Buccellato dit : « Noël est arrivé plus tôt que prévu, je viens de recevoir un exemplaire de Man of Peace! Je le trouve magnifique. » Une autre personne a dit : « Je pleurais littéralement de joie lorsque j’ai tenu le livre entre mes mains. »

Merci beaucoup, ce fut un plaisir pour nous aussi. Vous avez fait le bonheur de plusieurs personnes aujourd’hui.


Linda Hensellek, Winchester Galleries Ltd.

Abstracta Delecta


Nous venons de recevoir nos catalogues, merci beaucoup! Le catalogue est superbe! Encore une fois, nous vous remercions de votre aide et de votre attention. C’est un bonheur de travailler avec vous tous.


Elisa Gutierrez, Tradewind Books Ltd

Riddlemaster

Nous voulions vous faire savoir que nous sommes très satisfaits de la qualité du livre! Les couleurs, la garde (nous ADORONS le papier utilisé et la brillance des couleurs imprimées!), la finition, etc. Veuillez féliciter et remercier l’équipe de Friesens en notre nom pour ses efforts et son bon travail! Merci. Nous sommes impatients de collaborer de nouveau à d’autres projets.


Dan Johnson, High-Fishtrap-Rush Lake Association

Heaven on the Headwaters


Je voulais simplement vous dire que nous sommes ravis du produit final. Jusqu’à présent, pour ce qui est de la distribution limitée aux membres de l’Association, nous n’avons eu que des commentaires élogieux sur le contenu et la qualité du produit. Mon épouse, Jeffrey et moi-même recommandons Friesens sans hésitation à tout client éventuel. Nous avons tous beaucoup appris et si c’était à refaire, le processus serait beaucoup plus facile de notre côté. Scott était un excellent représentant à la clientèle, et il a été très serviable et réceptif.


Ben Bosah, Ben Boash Books

The Art of Nigerian Women


Je tiens à remercier chaleureusement la famille Friesens pour le travail qu’elle a fait pour mon dernier livre. Je suis très reconnaissant et je remercie les 500 employés de votre entreprise. Je suis amoureux de mon dernier bébé. J’ai le sourire aux lèvres. Merci à Glenda, à Paul, à Brad, à Scott, à Ralph et à tout le personnel chez Friesens. Je vous aime.

Friesens 2022 Employee Directed Giving Campaign

Don Feaver presenting the cheque to Ang Stoesz

Every year, employee-owners at Friesens Corporation have a chance to vote for their favorite charity, and the voting process determines what percentage of funds are donated to each organization. An employee-owner then presents the donation to the recipient charity.

This year, we decided to combine the media releases to better highlight the various charities and organizations that have benefited from the Employee Directed Giving Campaign over the years. Some of them are new recipients, while others have benefited on an ongoing basis from year to year.

So, on behalf of the Employee-Owners of Friesens Corporation, we are pleased to inform you that we have made the following donations:

Greg Zimmerman accepting the cheque from Jayden Nickel

1. The Rhineland Food Bank …………………$8,036

2. Altona Fire Department ……………………. $7,143

3. Youth for Christ/Station ……………………. $6,101

4. Kiddie Sunshine Centre ……………………$5,208

5. Blue Sky Opportunities……………………. $4,464

6. Winkler Bible Camp ……………… ………. $4,464

7. Furever Friends ………………………………$4,167

8. Katie Cares ………………………………… $3,720

9. Genesis House ………………………………$2,530

10. Special Olympics/Altona Panthers ……… $2,232

11. Altona Community Gardens ……………….. $1,339

12. Big Brothers Big Sisters ……………………. $ 595

Marty Falk & Sheridan Sawatzky accepting the cheque from Vic Klassen
Employee Owner Amanda Schwartz presenting the cheque to Patti Klassen, Nicole Friesen & Renee Neufeld
Friesens Employee-Owner Brenda Hildebrand with daughter Kari-Lynn Hildebrand presenting the cheque to Ryan Potter

CEO Chad Friesen said, “As an Employee-Owned organization, it is important for us to have employees influence our charitable giving. For 115 years the employees of Friesens Corporation have played a major role in the community, and we continue to play that role today.”

One of our core values is to help build a stronger community. We invest in the community through both cash donations and by supporting our employees as coaches, youth leaders, fundraisers, and many other important volunteer roles.

Dale Wiebe with Employee-Owner Sara Wall
Tracy Robertson presenting the cheque to Tracy & Stan Harder

This is not the only time of the year that Friesens acts as a sponsor and mentor in the community, but we are proud to support numerous initiatives throughout the year from the local level to the national level. We focus on literacy, culture, education, environment, history, care, and recreation.

Sandi Enns & Rod Dueck along with a few of the front office staff presenting the cheque to Ang Braun
Ruth Reimer accepting the cheque from Sandi Enns
Rica Van Kammen presenting the cheque to Ang Braun
Joanne Buhr presenting the cheque to Candy Neustaeter and Shania Ginter
Employee Owner Joel Martin presenting the cheque to Jack Heppner
Employee Owner Beth Wiebe presenting the cheque to Jenelle Neufeld

Sustainability Story – Turning Obsolete Cartons Into Something Useful

By Mark Friesen, IP Operations Manager

What happens to cartons ordered for boxing books that are the wrong size, or, for that matter, what happens to the extra cartons that are left over from a job?

The fact is that ordering cartons is not an exact science, and it is difficult to get it right every time. There are many variables that can contribute to a carton being the wrong size for a job. From a slight variation in paper thickness that can change the height of a stack of books (up to an inch or more), to something going wrong during the manufacturing process of the books, causing us to produce fewer books and therefore leaving us with leftover cartons.

Until now, our practices were to store the cartons (taking up a lot of space) and hope to use them for another job in the future, to send them to the recycling depot for use in making more corrugated cardboard, or to sell them to a buyer who pays us pennies for each carton. At the end of 2021 we had 40 skids of obsolete cartons that we had to get rid of.

As of February, we have found a new way to use our unused cartons. We now have the ability to open the unused carton and cut it down (with existing equipment) to the 7 x 9 packing that we use for filling the empty space in a carton of books. In a one year period, we use over 3 million pieces of 7 x 9 packing for filling cartons. The ability to cut down unused cartons will put a serious dent in the number of unused cartons that end up in the recycle bins here at Friesens. This is a great solution that our CI team came up with when looking at our sustainability goals for reducing waste, recycling, reusing material, and our goal of « being green. »

InDesign Templates Available on MyBooks

We are all strapped for time, and anything that can be done to save time for our customers is always a big win. With that in mind, we are happy to announce we have an exciting new enhancement developed for MyBooks that we think all designers and those working with files will appreciate. If you create your covers in InDesign, you can now download your IDML file directly from MyBooks.

Here is how it works:

  • In the templates area of MyBooks, you will see a new button beside the « Download PDF » button called « Download InDesign »(see example below),
  • This will allow you to download an IDML file that can be opened in InDesign
  • This InDesign file will be set up to the correct size according to the template
  • The InDesign file includes guidelines to help as a starting point for cover design

This is a great way to save you time and help minimize the chance of errors with your cover dimensions.

Keep in mind that we also have some great help videos now available for MyBooks. They are available and easy to access by going to the « HELP » button in the bottom right corner of the screen. It will bring you directly to a series of videos if you need immediate assistance 24/7. Each video is about one minute long and touches on the various features in MyBooks.

If you have any questions about this, please contact our technical support team at bptech@friesens.com or call 1.866.324.6401 and ask for tech support.

We hope you will enjoy this time-saving tool.

Simple Setup

By Brad Schmidt, Colour Tech Support Specialist

When working on a book design, there seems to be an infinite number of details to consider. At times the simplest details turn out to be some of the more difficult ones to settle. One area that I am thinking about is the area of centring. There are many areas in a book where the position of text is carefully considered and where centring is often used. At first this seems like a trivial item, since every layout program includes an align left, align right and align centre option. I find that this topic is more nuanced, so we will explore some scenarios. Covers are a great place to start as there are several factors that turn the simple process of centring into an area of debate.

Hardcovers have a unique hinge feature, which turns this simple process of centring into an interesting discussion. The hinge area along the spine is usually around 0.375 inches to 0.5 inches. This hinge area is visible when looking at the front cover, but has the visual distraction of the indentation where the cover bends. The main discussion revolves around whether or not to include the hinge in the centring process.

Title centred on panel only

There are three main ways the cover title can be centred on a hardcover. The first option is to ignore the hinge, focusing solely on the front panel. In this case, only the panel that contains the board is used for centring. The second option is to include the hinge and the entire front panel together as the full area to use for centring. A third option I have seen used is a compromise between the two, where half the hinge and the entire panel is used for the centring calculation. I think I have seen every combination used in the various cover designs printed at Friesens.

Title centred on panel and half of hinge

Often the cover treatment or type of hardcover will play a factor in determining which option to employ. When the title of the book is foil stamped on the front cover, we usually centre on the panel only. The background of the cover is often a solid paper colour and the crease of the hinge provides a visual barrier, giving the title a balanced appearance. When the title is very wide and approaches or extends into the hinge area, the visual barrier breaks down. The balance is interrupted and the title again appears off-centre. This could be the opportunity to use the third option. Nudging the title over to the right, using half the hinge in the centring calculation is enough to restore balance, while still keeping the title completely on the board.

Title with border centred on hinge and panel.

I usually use the first option with a printed cover, including the hinge and panel together. If the cover has a photo background, the title looks off centre when the hinge is ignored, leaving an extra half inch of image on the left side of the title. This rule comes into question with some cover designs. One example is when a cover has a key line border that maintains an equal margin on all sides. When a key line is 0.25 inches from the edge, it will dip into the hinge area on the left side of the front cover. Here is an example where the printing of a border on the cover may look more balanced when centred on the board only.

Title with border centred on panel only

Having compared the different options with centring titles on the front cover, we will move on to the spine and investigate some of the challenges with spine text. To centre the text, create a text box and rotate it 90 degrees. Most English language books will have the text running down the spine. Using the text frame options, the position of the text within the box can be altered. Here the text alignment is changed from top to centre. The text jumps to the centre of the text box. Depending on how the font was designed, the title may not be exactly centred. The text may need a slight adjustment, so nudge the box over slightly, or use the baseline shift.

Centring spine text is relatively simple when the same font size and typeface is used. Often the spine contains the title, author name, and company name and logo. When these are different sizes, use different fonts, or switch cases, the process is a little more complicated. Even if one word has ascenders or descenders and the rest do not, this can make the process of centring text on the spine more subjective.

The type case used can also affect the centring. In the example spine, « CARD » is uppercase, « offices » is lowercase and « Camp » is mixed case. The centre option for the text frame works nicely for the word « CARD » as it is centred on the spine.

The word « offices » is also affected by the centring option, but visually appears to be more to the left side of the spine. This is because most of the letters only take up half the height of the uppercase characters. When looking at the word « Camp » the word looks very off-centre due to the descender on the « p ». Adjusting the centring based on the word « Camp » we would shift the spine text to the right. At this point we need to make a decision regarding centring. We can keep the baseline in alignment and then factor in both the ascenders and descenders in the centring. Alternatively, we can centre each group of words individually, allowing the baseline to change from « CARD » to « offices » and again when centring « Camp ».

Each spine will have different combinations to consider to produce an appealing result. When requesting changes to be done at Friesens, be very specific in communicating what is needed when requesting that text be centred. Each designer or prepress operator may come to a different conclusion regarding what looks best for centring.

One would think that centring text would be a simple process, but there are many factors to consider to improve the visual appearance when designing covers. Select the option that produces the best results for your design, and be aware of the challenges.

If you are curious about my cover title example, search ///card.offices.camp in the website https://what3words.com

New Colour Printing Paper Samples Book

By Cindy Voth, Marketing Coordinator

Are you planning on publishing a colour book?

Are you wondering which paper to choose?

Help is here. We have recently produced an updated version of our Colour Printing Paper Samples Book. This marketing piece from Friesens shows a variety of images printed on various coated and uncoated papers that we commonly use. We hope it will help you as you determine which paper is best suited for your next colour book.

We want to bring to your attention a couple of unique things about this book:

  • Binding style – the flexi-binding is a unique binding style, and is an option available at Friesens. It is created by wrapping the printed hardcover wrap over a 24 pt board.
  • Cover treatment – the cover was produced using Elegance Luminescence printable laminate. Using our LED print technology, we print on top of this unique laminate to give it a luminescent effect.

Let your Friesens sales representative know if you would like to see a sample book.