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.

CAPITAL PLANS AND BUILDING PLANS FOR 2019

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 Industrial Park location. Space will be used for additional equipment and to reconfigure our existing space. Our current plan is to move cover decorating and the Book Perfect Binder into this space. It will also have enough room to add another binding line (HC or SC). In addition, the space will include two additional truck bays, more washrooms, a maintenance area, and a baler room. We hope to be in the addition by the end of the 1st quarter, 2020.

This move will also free up some much-needed space at our One Printers Way location. The third hardcover line was installed in April and has been in production since early May. The images below show the third hardcover line running its first book and a wider view of the Industrial Park facility, with the softcover line in the foreground and the three hardcover lines in the background.

A new sheeter from BW Papersystems has been ordered and should arrive in late June or early July, with installation to begin in August. The floor prep work has begun.

We have also ordered a smaller folder that will allow us to more efficiently and accurately prepare softcover flap jobs for the Perfect Binder. The new machine from Petratto will score, fold, and glue the flaps in one pass. The folder is scheduled to arrive in August.

We continue our investigation and testing of digital presses and finishing equipment and expect to decide on future investments by the end of summer.

We are also spending more time investigating robotics, artificial intelligence, cobots (collaborative robots), and other forms of automation that will allow us to improve our operations.

As you can see, there is a lot of activity in the capital and building front. I hope you find this as exciting as we do.

Top 11 Rules of Typography Design

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.

To get you started here are 11 rules of good typography and typography design you should know.

  1. Choosing your fonts – There are a lot of fonts to choose from both free and paid-for. However, this doesn’t mean you have to use them. Using a limited number is more beneficial, and using ones that are tested and true will serve you well.
  2. Picking font size – All typefaces are not equal, there are thin, thick, narrow, fat and wide. The letters in a different typeface can take up a different amount of space on the page. You will need to consider this when you are selecting your fonts.
  3. Consider your leading – The vertical space between each type line is known as leading. This is because, in the days of metal type settings, strips of lead were used to separate the lines. A general rule is that your leading should be around 1.25 to 1.5 times greater than the font size.
  4. Tweak your kerning and tracking – The act of adjusting the space between individual characters in order to have a harmonious pairing is known as kerning. This is a skill you should master as soon as possible, as it makes a world of difference. Tracking has to do with the spacing of all the characters and is applied in an even manner.
  5. Think about scale and hierarchy – If you have information that is more important, and information that is less important using large headings, smaller subheadings, and even smaller body type is a good way to distinguish them all, and guide your reader. You can also achieve hierarchy with colour, weight, and spacing as well.
  6. Careful with font combination – Typeface selection isn’t really a random process. When reviewing fonts you should ensure that the type you select with connect with your theme, and also your audience. What you choose for an elementary yearbook would be very different than a High School Yearbook.
  7. Set a limit on fonts – A common mistake is using too many fonts. If you need more then one, set a limit with two or three. Use one for body copy, another for headers and a third for the subheading. Feel free to go with different typeface families as long as you can pair them cohesively.
  8. Correct alignment – This is a very important aspect of typography, new designers tend to center align everything, usually because this feels balanced. However, this is the weakest alignment and the hardest to read. You should use it selectively. Practice using the different alignments and ensure that your copy is easy to read.
  9. Understand and use a design grid – Using a grid makes sure that everything on the page is put relative to another element, which results in both visual, and logical harmony. Everything will look interconnected and cohesive.
  10. Font pairing is important – when you have a heading and a subheading, go for two different typefaces, ones which complement each other.
  11. Readability should be a priority – Regardless of what you design, people should be able to read your message easily.

High-Fidelity Printing On Uncoated Paper


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 techniques used to make printed pieces look better. If you are willing to spend extra money on special papers and print techniques, we know that your needs, expectations, and requirements are more than just having colour ink on paper.

The use of uncoated stock on high-fidelity work has increased over the years as material and technology has changed. One of the challenges is to get bright, vibrant colour reproduction as traditional ink tends to “dry-back” after printing, meaning it gets absorbed into the stock rather than sitting on the surface as on coated stock.
If your desire is to get higher contrast, richer-looking images, there are a couple of important options to consider:
Paper. The type of uncoated paper you select can greatly affect the vibrancy of the images and look of the book. Moving from a # 2-grade uncoated stock to a # 1-grade opaque paper will make a significant difference. The difference between these papers is often in the finish and surface treatment in how they receive the ink. Uncoated # 2-grade stock is often used for single colour and full-colour projects that require pleasing
colour and not high-fidelity reproduction. Uncoated #1 paper is commonly used when you want less opacity (show-through from the reverse side) and a surface that will receive ink in such a way that it will have less dry-back.
If you really want to increase brightness, we recommend using a surface treated uncoated paper. These papers are #1 offsets (or opaques) that have a special treatment applied to the surface to reduce the amount of ink absorbing into the paper. Examples of this stock would be Cougar Opaque
or Rolland Satin. Using papers such as this will help with reducing dry-back.

Examples of #1 offset paper:
• Rolland Opaque
• Lynx Opaque
• Cougar Opaque (has additional surface treatment)
• Rolland Enviro Satin (has additional surface
treatment) 
Examples of #2 offset paper:
• Husky Offset
• Rolland Enviro 100 offset


Printing technology. Friesens installed an eight-colour perfecting LED press in 2018. This technology allows for the ink to instantly dry using LED lights as the sheets are running through the press. The ability to print and have sheets come off the press completely dry has been invaluable, as quick
turns and challenging designs are common. What we have also found is the vibrancy of the colour on the uncoated stock has increased and provided customers with richer-looking images as a result of using our LED print technology.
We recently updated our Colour Printing Paper Samples book, which shows the same eight images printing on a variety of coated and uncoated paper, including the two uncoated papers mentioned earlier.
If you are interested in receiving the latest copy of our Colour Printing Paper Samples book, please let us know. Contact your sales or customer service representative, or email bpmarketing@friesens.com and we will gladly send you a copy.

Paper, Paper, Paper

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), and it is fairly quiet regarding pricing. That sounds much better, doesn’t it?

It is better! Without a doubt! The supply of paper is (at least for now) not “stressed” compared to demand, and that allows us to enjoy a less challenging demand/supply environment.


Possible ripple effect

However, there have been two fairly consequential changes on the supply side recently that may have a ripple effect over the next 3 – 6 months. Verso Paper (the manufacturer of the Sterling Premium and Anthem Plus coated paper grades) announced recently that they will be closing their mill in Luke, Maryland, effective June 30, 2019. This will remove approximately 480,000 tons of CFS (coated freesheet) paper from the North American (NA) market annually. And, while this is now “old news”, the closure of Georgia-Pacific’s Port Husdon, Louisiana mill at the end of March has affected and will affect the UFS (uncoated freesheet) paper market. That mill produced 630,000 tons of UFS paper (#2 offset and cut-size copy paper) annually.

How this will all play out is not clear. If overall demand for paper continues to wane (it has declined by 3% – 5% annually of the last several years in NA), then the effect of these closures may not significantly change the demand and supply balance in the marketplace. But if demand does not decline further or increases in Q3, then I expect that there will be a tightening in the paper market. One commentator has predicted that “[coated] grades will tighten after Verso’s Luke mill closure in June, but CFS prices should remain flat for the year” and noted that “growing UFS [uncoated] imports are filling the void caused by G-P’s closure”. RISI is predicting that “UFS pricing [will] remain flat for the remainder of 2019.

It is certainly possible and preferable that the market remains stable, that lead times for paper remain “normal”, and that there are no price increases announced (on top of those increases that were implemented in 2018).



Extra-bulk paper

One of the specialty papers that has been used historically in book manufacturing is uncoated “extra-bulk” (EB) paper. There are a small number of paper mills that produce EB paper now in North America, and our go-to mill for this grade has been Glatfelter for many years. Glatfelter recently sold their fine paper division so the mill and paper name is now Pixelle.

So why extra-bulk? EB paper is made in a way to bulk up the sheet and therefore add more caliper to the finished product. This can have the effect of making a finished book appear more substantial (thick) without affecting the actual weight. For example, using the grade/spec that Friesens buys and inventories [Glatfelter/Pixelle 50# EB Offset 360ppi (in white and natural shades)] for a 400-page book, the spine thickness (text pages only) would be 1.1 inches using the 50# EB paper, compared to 0.78 inches with a standard 50# offset paper. You would get a thicker book with the EB paper but the weight of the book would remain the same.

One European paper manufacturer describes it in this way:
“… bulky book paper gives the impression of a thicker, stiffer paper but with the same weight as a standard paper. The extra bulk enhances the reader’s perceived value and enables you to lower postal and production costs without sacrificing the quality.”

And PrintWiki provides this definition:
“A type of paper having a thickness (called bulk or caliper) greater than that of other papers of the same basis weight. High-bulk paper is specially manufactured and is usually used for book paper to increase the thickness of low-page-count books, such as fiction and children’s books.”

You also get a different tactile feel with EB paper compared to the standard smooth finish of offset paper. It a different sensation for the reader, and for some book designers and publishers, the tactical sensation is preferable.

If you have questions or would like more information about extra-bulk paper, please contact your Friesens Sales Rep.

Sell It..Start planning now!

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 huge payoffs when September hits. I promise.

First and foremost, order your marketing supplies early. This is a huge timesaver. If you order now when September hits, you will have all your marketing tools at your fingertips when you get back to school in the Fall!

The second step is to plan what you’re going to do and make sure it’s visible to your whole yearbook class or crew.

By using the calendar below (also located in yearbook kit)  you can strategically plan your events.

  • Find your biggest events and mark in the calendar and use those dates to do your sales blitz (Info Days, Parent Teacher, Homecoming, etc)
  • Make sure you also plan large sales blitz weeks sometime in September, January and Early Spring (depending on delivery)

There are many other calendars to use that you can effectively use to help with your sales.  Google Calendars is a great online resource.  See Here

You can also find more printable calendars to use for your sales blitz on pinterest as well as different ideas.  See Here!

When planning your Sell It! Calendar, you are definitely not on your own.  If you need any help with ideas or how to go about it, please always feel free to contact your Friesens Print Consultant or Customer Service Specialist!

Kevin Peters
Friesens Yearbook Consultant