The MK50 Photography Book – making it ‘real’

As you know, I’ve been sharing a number of images online that may or may not make it into the book. But the book itself is more than just the images. It has to be professionally designed and printed – so I wanted to tell you a little more about the team that will be making that happen:

Design and Artwork - Shine Creative

Shine Creative is a fantastic design agency which I have been working with in my ‘day job’ as a copywriter for 15 years. If it hadn’t been for them, I would have course have looked for an MK based agency - but for my own peace of mind, I wanted to work with a company that I have a longstanding relationship with.

I have a duty to my sponsors to deliver the best possible finished product, and I know that Shine will do an amazing job – I love their design work and am excited to see what they come up with to really make my images .  . well, shine!

As a close industry colleague they are of course supporting me in this venture with really good pricing – which means I can keep the overall budget as low as possible – and so enable each sponsor to receive more copies. As soon as we have some page designs I will share them here – hopefully by mid September, or maybe even before then, if all goes well with gathering the remaining sponsorship.

Printing and Binding – Hardings Print Solutions

Hardings is a long term partner of Shine Creative, and I have worked with their sales director for many years across different roles. I trust them implicitly to produce a beautiful finished book, and I can’t wait to see the sample copy as soon as they have that ready. For me, that’s when it will start to feel ‘real’.

As a professional printing company, Hardings has all of the specialist equipment needed to print and bind the book, and to print and matt laminate the dust jacket - to ensure the final thing will not only look gorgeous, but also maintain those looks long term. They currently carry out a huge range of high end printing projects for many well-known organisations, including property books for some of London’s top auction houses, and for St George Property Developers, part of the Berkeley Group.

If you’re interested in that type of thing, the full print specification is as follows:

  • 250mm x 250mm square case bound book.
  • 108 page text, cover, endpapers and dust jacket
  • Printed 4 colour throughout on 150gsm silk
  • Dust jacket full colour on 150gsm silk
  • Endpapers 4 colour on 150gsm silk
  • Covers wrapped in Wibalin Buckram 3mm board
  • Dust jacket matt laminated one side
  • Perfect bound text and case