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.

2019 Pantone Colour of the Year

Drumroll please…the Pantone Colour of the year is Living Coral! 

In the words of The Pantone Colour Institute Living Coral 16-1546 is vibrant, yet mellow, that embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression. 

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media. 

Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.

Classroom Organization

 Organization is the key to making it through the year. It may seem overwhelming at the start of the year but with some simple tools, you can be well prepared and avoid the stress.

 1)     Plan It! – Found in your yearbook kit allows you to keep all important information in one place. It provides you with a year overview, a page ladder, monthly calendar with various tasks depending on whether you are a spring or fall delivery, note and graph paper, design basics, layout pages and a few activities and assignments designed to help get you started

2)     Calendar of events – Use a calendar (paper or online) to mark when important school events are happening, when your deadlines are, yearbook sales days and yearbook team member birthdays. Make sure that your calendar is constantly being updated.

3)     Student Roles – Each student should have a specific task and they should be assigned at the beginning of the year.

4)     Organize your digital photos – Effective organization and storage of photos can save lots of time. You may need help from IT to set up folders that students can access.

5)     Deadlines – Use mini deadlines for photos, write-ups, and rough page drafts to keep you on track for your submission deadlines.

6)     Page Ladder – The page ladder can do more than organize the order of the yearbook pages. It can also keep track of who will be designing the page, who the photographer and writer will be and what deadline the page will be submitted under.

7)     Develop a plan – The yearbook can be broken down into several different areas that can all benefit from a detailed plan. These areas include design and overall theme, how the yearbook pages will be organized, yearbook sales and advertising.

Fall Photography Tips

The stunning beauty of fall can provide amazing backdrops for outdoor photos before the weather turns cold and activities and events move inside.

1.     Use a polarizer for richer colours.  Polarizers create richer colours, can add contrast to an image and can eliminate glare from glass and water.  You can control the level of intensity by rotating the filter on the lens.

2.     Use backlight to your advantage.  This is a popular technique and fall is the best time to do it.  Practice with your lenses to find out how they react to backlit subjects is a good idea.  Keep the sun out of the frame even blocking it with the subjects themselves.

3.     Try adding a sunstar to a backlit image to provide an additional element of interest.  For a clean burst, position the sun behind a hard edge within the composition, allowing a small amount of light to peek out.  Using a softer edge like clouds or leaves will diffuse the rays.

4.     Blur a busy colourful background.  To get a super blurry background, set your aperture to the lowest number.

5.     Shoot images of fall without people.  Landscapes, fall foliage, and fallen leaves can be used as supporting images or backgrounds on layouts.

6.     Black and White.  It seems counterintuitive to have a black and white image with all the fall colours but it’s those colours that provide contrast.  In the summer when everything is green you have a uniform background, in the fall with the many variations of gold, orange, red and purples you can create a dynamic grayscale image. 

What is Yearbook

The word Yearbook encompasses so much.  It is a project that spans the entire school year and is the only record of what took place.  Whether this is your first year or you have been a part of the yearbook team for many years, you have committed to creating a book that people will keep for a lifetime.

Most people would probably say that a yearbook is a picture book and in one aspect they’re right.  The book contains a plethora of photographs of themselves and their friends, activities, events, special occasions and everyday life.  But a yearbook is also so much more.

It’s a memory book, the images, stories, and captions will bring back the atmosphere of the year.  A history book, not just for 20 years down the road but also a book for future generations to see what life was like decades earlier.  It is important for a yearbook to be factual, honest and complete. It will be used as a record and reference book not only to put names to faces but also to list team and club rosters, game outcomes, number of attendees at events, causes supported and money raised.  Finally, the yearbook can be used as a public relations tool. Families and future students deciding on a school to attend, can look through the book and see what your school has to offer.

You are part of a group that understands the challenges faced while working on the yearbook.  It can be a struggle gathering content from those who don’t feel the pressure of meeting a deadline.  Scheduling photographers to capture every team, club, and event in all kinds of weather. You mediate between staff members in times of professional or personal disagreements.   Your knowledge covers a wide range of topics including photography, layout, design, and journalism. You are a jack of all trades.

You will work with students who have unique personalities and perspectives.  Managing skill levels and expectations. Providing motivation throughout the year. It is rewarding watching students who continue working on the yearbook throughout their high school career, maturing and refining their skills.

Working on the yearbook provides students with an opportunity to learn and grow.  It’s teaching them life skills, how to communicate with others on the team, solve problems, multitasking, how to manage and hit a deadline.  They have a chance to work with the latest technology. They learn business skills including promotion and sales, advertising, marketing and working within a budget.  A yearbook looks great on a resume or in a portfolio.

At the end of the year, after you have met your final deadline and you are anticipating the arrival of your books. You will celebrate all the hard work that you and your team have put into the yearbook. When the boxes come, and you hand them out, nothing compares to the satisfaction of seeing students and staff pour over the pages with eyes wide and big smiles. Feel proud that you have will have produced a book that will be enjoyed for years to come.

QUALITY ASSURANCE LEADER

Friesens has a long-standing history of quality initiatives, including most recently the Continuous Improvement Initiative, led by Vern Bergen. I am excited that Friesens has created this important initiative in our never-ending desire to get better at what we do and to increase the speed at which we improve. I have just been promoted to the newly created position of Quality Assurance Leader. My first PNL report is below.

As a long-time employee of Friesens I have worked in various areas of the company, including:
• Press
• Bindery
• Electronic prepress (involved in Friesens’ transition from film to CTP)
• Tech support
• Most recently in customer service in our Book
Division
It is this experience, combined with my natural inquisitive nature, that gave me the skills needed for my new role as Friesens’ Quality Assurance Leader.


Friesens continues to grow, and it is important that we focus on quality and continuous improvement. Although there have always been quality processes in place, we felt it would be beneficial to have another focused position looking at quality and process improvements in all areas.
Without getting too technical, these are some of the things we
are working on:
• Improve the flow of data from when the job first
comes into the plant to when it leaves
• Decrease variation between production stages
• Reduce colour variation on press
• Modify our checkpoints between production stages
• Improve the response time when issues do arise,
whether they’re internal or external
Friesens is committed to providing you with high-quality products in a timely manner. Increased industry demand combined with tighter deadlines puts a greater strain on all systems. This makes it even more critical to make things right the first time, every time.