This stunning book was produced for a lovely student from the London College of Communication (‘LCC’), part of the University of the Arts London. As you can see, it has a striking design, beautifully designed interior pages, a lovely illustrative cover and high-quality paper. The book was designed to appear slightly distressed and we think it works very well.

The project was focused on historical dyeing techniques and both the paper choice and binding style added to the narrative and overall impact.

The Document Centre supplied all the printing and professional bookbinding. Production was very well orchestrated between the customer and ourselves, as you’ll soon see. First, Olivia, the student concerned, gave us advance warning about her requirements, likely ‘last minute’ timing and the submission deadline, so we could set aside some time for her on the day itself. Next, she researched the paper she wanted to use. We’d explained that we were very careful what paper we put through our digital printing machine and that it needed to state ‘suitable for digital laser printers’ on the packaging. Nonetheless, Olivia sourced a beautiful textured paper from GF Smith, which tested beautifully on a test print. So, she then ordered the paper in the knowledge that it would print well and would cause no issues. Nearer the hand-in deadline, we formatted Olivia’s document so that it would be suitable for section sewing (12 pages per section) and printed it out. One of our professional bookbinders then ‘section sewed’ the book together and confirmed the final cover dimensions to Olivia, including front cover, hinge, spine, back hinge and back cover. With these dimensions, Olivia used Adobe InDesign to create her cover artwork to the exact size neede. We then printed the covers, trimmed and folded, then attached them to the book block. The final book, which measured 165mm square, used a perfect binding approach. Having arrived originally at 11.30am, the final thing was ready for Olivia to submit to the university by about 3pm the same day. The student also separately arranged the manufacture of a professionally embroidered material pouch, which you can see in the photographs, for final presentation.

This was Olivia’s third visit to us. She has two more projects to do before being awarded her degree later this year. On this trip, Olivia informed us that the last book she worked on with us received an “A” from the university. She thanked us for our contribution to her work and later emailed:

“I’m very pleased with it, thank you and everyone for doing such a great job, appreciated! See you guys soon …”

Olivia also left a 5-star rated review of The Document Centre on Google (8 Dec 2017), with the following comment:

“Print and bind in one day is what we need. Great energy, professional, top service and they actually care! Thank you for understanding our stressful deadlines and prioritise print jobs when needed. If you want to get paper from GF Smiths before printing at document centre, make sure you call and ask for details! Very happy with the result, thank you!”

So, all in all, it was a great outcome, looks high quality and is simply unique — true bespoke bookbinding at its very best! Our thanks to Olivia for the lovely job – we really appreciate it and love the final result.

London’s Premier Bespoke Printing & Bookbinding Service

If you have any standard – or bespoke – printing and bookbinding requirements, The Document Centre would be very happy to help you. With in-house, high quality digital printing, lamination, large format printingbookbinding, book repair, book restoration and university thesis/dissertation printing and binding services, there’s not much that we can’t produce and we receive almost entirely 5 star reviews on Google and Facebook. Come and see us at the shop, call us on 020 7928 9738 for advice or queries that you might have, or order printing and binding online here if you are a degree student and have your thesis or dissertation ready to print in PDF format. More information on thesis binding is also available here.