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Best Awards Purple Pin Winner 2020 – Extended Whanau

purple pin extended whanau

Despite interruptions, 2020 was a stellar year for the Best awards. GSM takes a look at the 2020 Supreme Purple Pin winner... The prestigious Purple Pin is the Designer's Institute of New Zealand highest honour in the Best Awards. In 2020, DINZ awarded it to Auckland studio, Extended Whānau, for their project, Ōtairongo. Extended Whānau created the work to promote and support the exhibition,  Ōtairongo, by kiwi sound artist Maree Sheehan. The Brief The brief was to design a visual identity for the exhibition. The design needed to reflect the aim of the artist. This was to interpret and represent...

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Gert Sellheim – Euro-Australian Designer

Gert Sellheim

Ground-breaking Euro-Australian Graphic Designer Gert Sellheim was inducted into the AGDA Hall of Fame in 2019. GSM thanks Graham Rendoth for sharing his previously published story on the life of Sellheim... A European Start Gert Sellheim was born in 1901, in Estonia. At the age of 18, he enlisted and fought in the 1919 War of Independence against Soviet Russia. Following this, his family re-settled in Germany where he studied architecture. First in Berlin, followed by Munich, Gratz, Vienna and Paris. This exposed Sellheim to ‘classical’ architecture as well as avant-garde thinking in the form of the Bauhaus and Art...

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i_consignment & Harcourts partner together

Harcourts i-consignment

For Digital In-House Printers—The Supply of consumables such as paper can be a headache — but Harcourts Gold Real Estate discovered a solution with i-consignment. GSM investigates... Harcourts gold are a busy real estate agency, servicing 5 offices and 90 agents. Their design team are responsible for the output of a wide variety of marketing materials. A significant amount of which they digitally print in-house. This provides both cost savings and improves time efficiencies. However, one of the challenges for an in-house printery is securing a reliable supply of consumables —with paper being a central requirement. Having experienced issues with...

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Pride in Print Award Supreme Winner 2020 – BeeNZ

PIP Supreme Award winner

The Pride in Print Awards represent the pinnacle achievement for excellence within the local print industry. GSM takes a look at the 2020 Supreme Award Winner... Synergy—that special magic that occurs when everyone is in complete unison and the resulting outcome is greater than the sum of the parts. So, for a project that scoops a Silver at Best (2019), a Distinction at the AGDA Awards (2019) and the Supreme Award Winner at Pride in Print 2020 the word you use is—synergy. The Story behind the Honey A few years back, Katikati based honey producer BeeNZ happened to have a...

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Case Binding – how are hard-backed books made?

case binding

At GSM, we've written a few articles on the various methods of binding. In this article we look specifically at the craft of case binding... Case binding is the method of binding ‘hardback’ books or documents. Unlike ‘softback’ binding methods, such as Perfect / PUR / Burst or saddle stitching, Case binding involves a significant amount of manual work. This extra work reflects the higher cost of this binding method. There are, however, many advantages with Case binding over the softback methods. Hardback documents can often be opened flat—which is not possible with a large Perfect / PUR or Burst...

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Compostable Courier Bags – Send Plastic Packing

HCF courier bag

We all know that we need to reduce our consumption of single use plastics. But what are viable alternatives? Here's a new product that will send plastic packing! Here at BJ Ball, we send out a significant number of courier parcels per year. Like many businesses, smaller sized parcels make up the bulk of our outgoing deliveries. Historically, these went out using custom printed plastic courier bags - something we were not overly thrilled about. Wanting a greener solution, we put our feelers out through our global supply network to source an alternative. Here it is! The new BJ Ball...

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The BJ Ball Student Design Contest – From Brief to Print

Student Design Contest

The BJ BALL Student Design Contest is back - and better than ever! Designing for print is an essential skill for graphic designers in the commercial world. For design students, however, the complexities and costs involved mean that gaining real world experience is often prohibitive. Cue BJ Ball, who last year resurrected their Calendar Design Competition. For those of you too young to know, this was a staple event within the extended Vis Com curriculum many years ago. Their aim was to give design students an opportunity to have their creations brought to life using real world print. From Brief...

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Stefan Sagmeister – Design with no Boundaries

Stefan Sagmeister

Award winning designer, Stefan Sagmeister, is one of the most imaginative and original creative thinkers around today. Known particularly for his type and handwriting-inspired designs, Sagmeister has created some of the boldest, most innovative, engaging work around. None more so than his use of the human body as a canvas. He makes type come alive, literally! His Background Sagmeister was born in Austria but now lives and works in New York. He began his career path studying graphic design at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. From there, he received a scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in New...

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Understanding Onscreen Colour vs Printed Colour

Working with printed colour requires not only creative flair, but also some technical knowledge about how colour is produced in print. In this article GSM takes a look at getting the most from CMYK colour. In the world of offset print, CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black). It is also known as process colour. What is important to understand with offset print is the difference between onscreen colour and printed colour. There is nothing worse than seeing that the colours of a freshly printed piece don’t look anything like they did on-screen. This is not the fault...

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Erik Marinovich – Lettering Artist

Eric Marinovich

In this issue of GSM INSPIRATION we take a look at the work of San Francisco based lettering artist and designer Erik Marinovich. Erik Marinovich has drawn letters, type and logos for the likes of Nike, Target, Google, Hilton, Facebook, Sonos, Sharpie, The Criterion Collection, Air Canada, Gap, Ford Motor Company..., to name just a few. His passion is type and is a co-founder of Friends of Type. Erik is also co-founder of Title Case, a creative work space that conducts workshops and lectures. Between client work, teaching and side-projects, you’ll find him on the road promoting Keep Fresh Stay Rad and Let’s Go Letter Hunting....

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