Bespoke Magazine Printer of the Year: Park Communications
Monday, October 21, 2019
From an edition of WRAP that featured five original pull-out pieces of wrapping paper by specially commissioned illustrators, through to the metallic cover of Beauty Papers that boasted an arresting image of music icon David Bowie, Park was praised for its “simply beautifully produced products across the board, demonstrating complexity and high-end production values”.
This was underscored by the company’s work on the front cover of Printed Pages, where to add interest and tactility it used a heavy sand grain emboss after printing, which was much more cost-effective for the magazine owner than using textured stock.
One title submitted by Geoff Neal Group particularly stood out. It was a 5,000-run magazine produced for a global paper manufacturer featuring sensory pages. The impressive list of processes and finishes involved included structured embossing, foiling, die cutting, fragrance varnish and fluorescent ink. As the judges noted: “wow – the finishing was off the chain”.
The company’s “impressive” submission included a glossy magazine called Rain. Production to dispatch took just four days – no mean feat when you consider the print run of 2,100 included five different cover versions and two text sections on uncoated paper that took an age to dry. It’s little wonder judges said “every image just sung off the page on every sample, whether on matt or gloss”.
Geoff Neal Group
The Westdale Press