The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), Topeka, Kan., recently received the Gold Ink Awards’ “People’s Choice Award” for its 2009 Membership Directory. For the first time, all of the Gold Ink Gold Award winners were put on display at the Gold Ink Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet held in conjunction with PRINT® 09 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Each banquet guest was asked to cast a single vote as to which Gold Award Winner should receive the “People’s Choice Award” for outstanding printing. During the reception, the entries were carefully examined; votes were cast; and from among 48 Gold Award winners, the FSEA 2009 Membership Directory emerged as the overall favorite – a prime example of the award winning work done by FSEA members each year.
The Gold Ink Awards Competition, co-sponsored by Printing Impressions and Book Business magazines, has earned the respect of the industry’s most important producers and creators of printed work for more than 20 years. This year’s Gold Ink Award winners were chosen from over 1,000 entries submitted within 48 different categories. Winning pieces surpassed their competitors based on print quality, technical difficulty, and overall visual effect.
To pull together the intricacies and detail of the multifaceted project, careful planning and communication between all participating vendors was a key element. At the core of the project were the clever design created by FSEA Art Director Eric J. Carter and the cover’s superb execution carried out in two parts by BrightMARKS, LLC, of Lenexa, Kan. (foil stamping and glitter UV spot coating), and Laser Excel of Santa Rosa, Calif. (laser cutting). According to CEO/Managing Member David Hutchison of BrightMARKS, several critical points were identified at the onset of the project that would be instrumental to its overall success:
· Single file sources for all enhancement processes to manage registration
· Suitability of paper and foil for the glitter UV process
· Compatibility between the foil products desired
· Heat compensation requirements for stamping dies to match foil selections
· Position and finished trim sizes to manage fit when coil binding