Custom cutting

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 30 July 2012 | 0 Comments

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We have recently purchased a programmable cutting machine (Blackcat Cougar 24"). I have been using this machine as a simple die-cutting machine and have also experimented with embossing.

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Elements of Typographic Style

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 11 May 2012 | 1 Comments

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Elements cover
Cover design

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Self publishing

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 19 April 2012 | 0 Comments

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Before digital printing made short prints runs affordable, it was cost prohibitive to publish your own book. Now, armed with a great idea, you can produce your own book without having to mortgage the house.

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Smarter catalogue production

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 3 April 2012 | 1 Comments

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The Trends Collection for 2011 has recently been published—a catalogue that we were intimately involved with. It runs to 240 pages and features the whole product range—hundreds of products in total.

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More musings on our Canon ipf8300 inkjet

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 22 March 2012 | 2 Comments

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We have had our printer for several months now, and have had a chance to get better at colour matching. Most of us at MCK have a prepress background and are as confident in CMYK colour as RGB. Recently we had a printing job that involved producing 8up imposition proofs for two catalogues that were to be offset printed in China. Altogether we printed close to 200m of proofs.

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iBooks

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 21 January 2012 | 0 Comments

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With Apple’s announcement of a new iBook format and a new authoring application, I thought I might offer an opinion on how I see this playing out.

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New inkjet printer

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 15 December 2011 | 0 Comments

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We have finally taken delivery of a new Canon iPF8300 inkjet printer. This adds to our existing Epson 9600 which is still providing sterling service.

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Some basic typesetting principles

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 7 December 2011 | 0 Comments

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Having typeset many books in my professional life, and having taught courses on word processing and typesetting (not necessarily related), I have realized that there are some basic principles that are often overlooked. The first of these is the most important.

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MCK Blog

Posted by Graeme McKinstry on 4 October 2011 | 1 Comments

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This is my first blog entry. We maintain our own site using Silverstripe and adding a Blog module is relatively straightforward. I plan on adding some more interesting posts in the coming weeks. 

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