Winner of The Bookseller’s front cover design competition announced

Daniel Weatheritt, a Northumberland-based illustrator and graphic designer, has won The Bookseller’s front cover design competition run in partnership with The Printing Charity for young designers.

As well as The Bookseller’s 15 December 2017 issue featuring his design, Daniel’s prize included a cheque for £200 and a year’s subscription to The Bookseller, which he received at the Futurebook Conference, Europe’s largest book publishing conference held in London on 1 December.

Daniel’s winning design was inspired by his fascination with books and all aspects of their production from concept, design and manufacture, through to their display and cataloguing in retail and library environments.

“The Printing Charity has such an inspiring and diverse history and my biggest challenge was figuring out which elements could work together in a well-structured, cohesive design,” Daniel explains. “A library of book spines emerged as the strongest design approach, giving a clear structure within which I could play with individual characters, themes and a large palette of colours.”

He used a traditional technique for the detailed drawing, and pencils, watercolours, dip pens with a range of ink colours, plus some coloured pencil overlay work to create subtle textured tones and patterns. Important text has been emphasised by switching from a vertical to horizontal axis.

His design incorporates a single vanishing point in the centre behind The Printing Charity book to assist with the optical illusion and show the volume being pulled from the shelf by two Bookbirds.

Daniel studied Graphic Design at Northumbria University, graduating with first-class honours and shortly afterwards set up his own business. He loves designing for print, producing handwritten typography, and favours traditional working methods. Daniel also runs Airship Nelson, his fictional travelling art airship, delivering graphic design and illustration workshops for children in schools, libraries and cultural venues across the North East.

Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, says: “Daniel’s flair and passion for design is evident in his unique style and he impressed the judges with the way he fulfilled the design brief of bringing the charity’s 190-year history to life in a creative, informative way.

“In our own milestone year, it was great to run the competition with The Bookseller, the first time in its 159-year history that it has offered a young designer the opportunity to design an issue’s front cover.”

The Printing Charity celebrates its 190-year milestone

The Printing Charity celebrates its 190-year milestone

The Printing Charity celebrated its 190-year milestone at its Annual Luncheon on 23 November at Stationers’ Hall, London, with over 180 guests from the printing and publishing industries.

The Rt Hon. the Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, this year’s guest speaker and the charity’s 2017 President, said: “When The Printing Charity was founded in 1827, you could say it was the new kid on the block when you consider that the industry has been around for over 600 years.

“As with the industry, The Printing Charity has changed and through the great people, young and old, working in it, is as needed today as it was when it was founded. The charity still has two retirement homes for people who have worked in the industry. Care of the elderly was the founding principle of The Printing Charity, but today it also affects the lives of so many young people in supporting their education and entry into the sector through its Education and Partnerships work.

“The printing industry is a key economic contributor to the UK. It employs around 116,000 people in 8,400 companies and, with a £13.8 billion turnover, it’s the world’s fifth largest producer of printed products, with a positive trade balance of £775 million last year.

“I never forget that I had my time in this great industry born of the printed word. I’m proud of its role in our democracy and our institutions; and its relevance in keeping pace with a vastly changing world and providing the routes so often to those changes. Its contribution in communications availability goes far beyond simple economics. It’s at the heart of a healthy, functioning democracy. The institutions and their role and history in our industry are to be valued and treasured.”

At the event, Jon Wright, The Printing Charity’s Chairman, reflected on the charity’s year, saying that it has been developing its welfare and wellbeing services to meet the multiple needs of the people it supports of all ages. He explained the charity works on multiple levels from financial assistance and signposting to specialist services to simply being a friendly voice at the end of the phone for people experiencing hardship.

Four of the 78 winners of Print Futures Awards this year were invited to exhibit samples of their work at the event: Mary Ashcroft, a recent textile design graduate specialising in print; Katie Charleson, a homewares designer using traditional screen-printing and digital print techniques; Cecilia Dinwoodie, founding editor of illustration and music zine, Cool Brother; and artist and illustrator, Sofia Niazi, who runs a community risograph printing press in London.

Graphic designer, Handy Tandra, scoops Best Student Book Award

Graphic designer, Handy Tandra, scoops Best Student Book Award

Handy Tandra impressed the judges of the 2017 British Book Design and Production Awards with his book entitled Kanye, scooping Best Student Book Award, a cheque for £500 and the opportunity of industry work experience.

Handy’s entry was described as a well thought-through book favoured by all the judges – each page obviously created with careful consideration, using stylish typography. “The fold-out pages were a delight, using only a minimal colour palette and confident use of space. Kanye stood out in a category, which was both fiercely competitive and creative, and fully deserved the winner title.”

Handy says: “I was thrilled to win the Award. My book began as a random idea. Kanye is amazing and very talented, and is really happening these days in both music and fashion. That inspired me to delve into his work and produce a book about him.”

Currently studying for a BA (Hons) Graphic Design at the University of the West of England in Bristol, Handy has worked as an intern designer at advertising agency, Leo Burnett Malaysia.

Handy is experimental with design and is particularly interested in typography and editorial design. After completing his degree, he would love to work in publishing and design in the UK and one day have his own studio.

Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, says: “The Printing Charity’s sponsoring this year’s Best Student Book Award is part of our commitment to helping young people join and develop their careers in the industry.”

Winners of the 2017 British Book Design & Production Awards announced

Winners of the 2017 British Book Design & Production Awards announced

The BPIF is honoured to announce the winners of the 2017 British Book Design and Production Awards, held on 16 November at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, central London.

The evening was hosted by guest presenter, Jenny Eclair, the first ever woman to win the Perrier Award for comedy at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival. Along with her sell-out tour ‘How to be a Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)’, she’s well known for TV appearances on Loose Women, QI, I’m a Celebrity and Grumpy Old Women, as well as for her accomplished novels and writings. She kept guests well entertained throughout the evening and presented a total of 18 awards.

The judges, whose combined skills covered the print, design, publishing and book binding sectors, had the challenging task of studying a record 664 entries before producing the prestigious list of finalists.

The Best Jacket/Cover Design category continued to attract the highest number of entrants, with a record 105 submissions. It was won by Scribe UK for their title The Animators, which was praised by the judges for its ‘aggressively colourful cover’; ‘wonderful endpapers’ and ‘retro use of hand lettering’.

Handy Tandra, a student from the University of the West of England, came top in the Best Student Book category, winning a £500 cheque and the opportunity to complete an internship in the industry for his book Kanye.

Leslie Gerry Editions were the outright winners of the evening, claiming the top spot in the Photographic Books, Art/Architecture Monographs category with their book Havana, as well as winning the coveted Book of the Year category for the same title. The judges agreed that Havana was in a ‘class of its own’, stating that the ‘striking photography, exceptional paper choice and accomplished binding’ made the book ‘unequaled in every degree.’

A beautiful Book of the Night, created in collaboration with Boss Print, thePAGEDESIGN and artist Vic Lee, was taken home by those who attended the awards. Showcasing all the books from the finalists, its artisan theme and nod to William Caxton truly captured the ethos of the evening, celebrating the skill, craftsmanship and creativity that goes into the creation of a traditionally printed book.

Charles Jarrold, Chief Executive BPIF said, The British Book Design and Production Awards brings together the best in publishing, print and design to celebrate the creation of beautiful books. The books on display last night were all outstanding and those that won should feel immensely proud of rising to the top amongst such tough competition. The range and quality of entrants to the Awards reflects the strength and vibrancy of the sector – another year of growth in book sales here in the UK, with book sales increasing by 6% in 2016.

Get into the festive spirit at Carols for Printers

Once again the festive season is upon us and it’s time to come together for the Christmas Carol Service for Printers, hosted by the BPIF, The Printing Charity, Stationers and Newspaper Makers Company, St Bride Foundation and Trade Union Unite.

The Carol Service will take place at 6pm on 12 December at St Brides Church, Fleet Street, in London. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672, the church has long been associated with journalists and newspapers, making it a fitting location for our annual carol service.

The congregation and St Bride’s choir will sing both traditional and modern versions of Christmas carols. The choir has been established since 1957, the same year that the 4000-pipe organ was installed, following the rededication of the church. There will also be a series of readings about the nativity story from industry representatives.

This year, after the carol service you are invited to join us at St Bride Foundation for some festive drinks and nibbles from 7pm until 9pm. The event will be a great opportunity for networking with others in the industry and of course celebrating Christmas. Why not make an evening of it and bring along your loved ones to join in the festivities.

It is set to be a fantastic evening and will no doubt get everyone into the Christmas spirit, we look forward to seeing all of you there!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sophie Chater at

Retired printers and apprentices share printing industry experiences

The Printing Charity’s sheltered home for people who have retired from the printing industry, Beaverbrook House in Bletchley, recently hosted a very successful joint event with the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) for residents and apprentices.

The interactive session presented by Howie Blanks, the BPIF’s South-East Training Co-ordinator and BPIF Training Co-ordinator, John Campey, centred on the transformation of the printing industry over 50 years.

Residents shared their experiences of changes in the printing industry during their own working lives with apprentices in today’s print sector: Gareth McCorkell from Snap Products Ltd in Aldershot, James Burton from Optichrome in Woking, and Aaron Toombs and Jack Carter from BCQ Group Ltd in Buckingham.

The apprentices were shown how an Adana letterpress worked by a resident and items were printed on a 3D printer during the event, which intrigued residents and apprentices alike. A quiz on printing techniques such as gravure, screen-printing, and flexography used on a range of printed samples rounded off the event.

While some terminology has changed, for example, today’s digital pre-press incorporates what used to be a separate photographic department, residents and apprentices agreed printing still requires specialised skills. Some things have changed for the better, too, such as heath and safety, and apprentices’ terms of employment.

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: “Our residents have a wealth of knowledge and experience and it was great to see them share this with the new apprentices, as well as gain insight into what’s happening in the sector today. The event was a terrific success and showed the power of different generations learning from each other.”

Ursula Daly, BPIF Programme Director, says: “It was fantastic to see our apprentices interacting with the residents and bonding over a mutual love of print. They have come away with even more enthusiasm for the industry after hearing about its rich history from the residents.”

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