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.

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

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 of the country’s legacy only became well known when Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered an apology on behalf of the Federal Government in 2008. 

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for Canadians “to honour Survivors, their families, and communities” as well as establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between the First Nations and non-First Nations peoples. For this to take place, there must be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behavior. 

Reconciliation is critical, and a complex, multifaceted process that works toward solidarity as a society and as a country. It is the responsibility of every Canadian to honour treaties, acknowledge and respect First Nations rights and titles, as well as actively work to let go of negative perceptions and stereotypes. Learning about Indigenous history, identifying the impacts of colonization, attempts at assimilation, and cultural genocide as well as recognizing the critical roles Indigenous Peoples have held in the creation and ongoing history of Canada. 

Taking responsibility as an individual is important. This means never uttering, accepting, or ignoring racist comments or stereotypes. Respect Indigenous beliefs, cultures, traditions, worldviews, challenges, and goals, both for the individual, and community. Supporting the reclamation of identity, language, and culture is a step forward necessary for Canada, allowing for healing and the building of relationships. 

In 2021, Friesens undertook some important steps to encourage better understanding and inclusion. So far this year we’ve: 

  • Provided diversity, equity, and inclusion (EDI) training for all staff. 
  • Provided EDI training for all managers. 
  • Launched a diversity scholarship to assist underrepresented students 
  • Worked to promote EDI values throughout our organization. 

Friesens has decided to remain open on September 30th. We think actively working on actions like those listed above are more important than giving ourselves the day off.  

If you are interested in learning more about Truth and Reconciliation, feel free to visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). Alternatively, survivor Chief Robert Joseph shares his experiences with the residential school system here

Friesens operations are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, and we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past. As such, we are grateful and humble guests on this territory. 

Reviewing A Yearbook

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 mind.

Content

• Which events did you cover?
• Are there any events not occurring again this year?
• Are there any new events?
• Did you miss any events?
• What changes would you like to make?

Portraits

• How many pages did you need for portraits?
• Did you have significant changes to your enrollment?
• Do you need to adjust the number of pages needed?

Design

• Are you satisfied with the book’s design?
• Did it capture your theme?

Overall

• Did you like the book?
• Did the students like the book?

Once you have a list of changes you’d like to enact, make a plan on how you and your team are going to achieve these new ideas. Set reminders in your calendar so you’ll be reminded during the busy times when you may otherwise forget.

Looking for a more intense review? Click HERE to download a complete exercise for you and your students.

5 Design Trends for 2021-2022

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 some of the trends we’re seeing in print right now, both in graphic design, and in photography.

Minimalism

With the trademark use of empty space, minimalism design has in some ways been the perfect style to encapsulate the COVID-19 experience. In many ways our lives became less busy with events and activities shut down, and the designs have begun to reflect this.

Digital Art

Digitally created art is here to stay. From icons and clipart to incredible renderings; if you can imagine it, you can create it! Use it sparingly and to great effect – while it can’t replace photography in a yearbook, it can absolutely enhance and augment the images you were able to capture.

Monochrome & Duochrome

Lots of colours can look chaotic and break eyeline. Keeping designs to minimal colour palettes can ensure a consistent, homogenous overall yearbook. Try creating designs using only one or two colours, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. Remember, monochrome doesn’t necessarily mean just black and white!

Texture

A yearbook is a multi-sensory experience. Kick your project up a notch by utilizing textures to your advantage. Whether it’s embossing, or a unique cover material, or even just the feel of the high-gloss paper, how the book feels can be just as important as how it looks.

Colour Blocking

While a muted colour palette can be useful and effective, sometimes you just want to go crazy! Most often seen in fashion, this effect is best visualized in art by Piet Mondrian, and can work incredibly well with the grid style layout of a yearbook spread.

Undoubtedly there are many more trends out there that we haven’t mentioned that could be utilized to great advantage in your yearbook. What trends are you hoping to use in your yearbook?

Shayleah Funk
Marketing Coordinator

Manitoba Book Awards

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 years running, but I am hoping we can see each other again at an awards ceremony in 2022.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! Below is a list of the winning books that Friesens was privileged to be a part of. A full list of winners can be found online on the Manitoba Book Awards website.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Working with Inserts, Foldouts, and Gatefolds

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 lower the printing costs.

A quote from Friesens will state if the insert is bound between full signatures or in a specific location. The difference is important, as binding between full signatures allows us to use the perfect binder, or sewing machine, to mechanically place the insert in the correct spot. This is a quicker process and is more economical. Placing inserts in specific spots will be done after the book is bound. This requires handwork, which needs to be considered in the binding schedule.

Your CSR can assist you when planning a project with inserts, foldouts or gatefolds. They are able to provide you with the signature size and breakdown for your confirmed page count. You will need the complete page count, which includes a breakdown between preliminary (Romans) and numbered pages. With this information, your CSR will be able to determine how many signatures are in the book and where inserts could be placed mechanically.

It is important to consider and discuss what you want the final outcome to be before you submit the digital files for your project. How the final product will look after assembly is not an aspect that layout programs reflect accurately. These programs and the proofs do not show how much area is covered by the adhesive area, or express the limitations that can happen when trying to insert pages into a book that is already bound. The communication regarding placement should start in the page layout phase. Your CSR will draw upon the expertise of our planning department and bindery staff, and collectively they will respond with what is possible and how it will work. Many times, dummy books, or mock-ups are created so that you can physically see what the final outcome will be, They will be able to supply you with the correct dimensions when planning for foldouts, gatefolds or a roll fold insert, A diagram showing the various foldouts is included below.

Communicating what your intentions are, discussing our processes and capabilities, and finally seeing a sample of what can be done are critical steps to ensure that your project turns out as expected. Please feel free to contact your customer service representative if you require additional information or have questions related to this topic.