Killer app: Boss Print pulls out all the f-stops for photobook

By Rhys Handley, Monday 19 February 2018

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The beauty of the world can be difficult to replicate in print. Cork-born graphic designer David Magee has been capturing lush scenery on camera in his spare time for 25 years. Now, for the first time, his work can all be found in one place – and printed to the finest standard.


What was produced?

Outside – a limited run of 500 hardcover photobooks was produced by London’s Boss Print. The pages showcase a selection of Magee’s work, taking in landscape photography of scenery in Ireland, Greece, India and the US.

What did the job entail?

Magee’s photos were realised by printing inks from Vivid Colour on to a variety of papers from GF Smith, ranging in weight from 90-170gsm, as well as 60gsm Offenbach Bible paper from Fenner Paper. All printing was completed on Boss’ Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 74 press.

The outer cover was printed on 151gsm Iwahada Rockskin stock from Takeo Paper, then applied over 2.5mic greyboard. It was foil-blocked using irisdescent clear and gold foil. PUR binding was used to include a number of French-folded chapter sections, as well as short page tip-ins on 60gsm Bible paper.

What challenges were overcome?

Boss managing director Fenton Smith said: “The challenge was only to produce a beautiful book, which I believe we have done. Our fine screen printing process, along with the Vivid Colour technique and the method in which we print black and whites has really helped to reproduce the photographic images in a book form which actually do real justice to the originals.”

What was the feedback?

Magee said: “I have worked for many successful years as a client with Fenton Smith at Boss Print. When working together I have always valued Boss Print’s proactive approach and attention to every detail. 

“As the work itself has a strong yet sensitive character, the final design used a variety of papers throughout and a mixture of printing techniques. The reaction to the finished book has been outstanding with many comments on how close a representation they are to the actual framed prints in the accompanying exhibition.

“It simply could not have been a better production.”

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