The Book Block Project
Notebooks are a unique item that we all treasure with our thoughts and ideas. But just how personal is that notebook when it's been designed by someone else, and when everyone around you has the same one?
Book Block is a project that allows you to create a fully custom printed and bound notebook with your own cover artwork. Choose your own elastic and ribbon colour, and pick from five great quality paper stocks
As each notebook will be totally unique we’re going to build a gallery, showcase your designs and manufacture your beautiful custom notebooks, just for you. Welcome to the Book Block Project!
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Why Book Block?
Everyone involved in this project has a passion within the creative industries, whether we be a graphic designer, web designer, photographer, maker or illustrator. We've all been involved with brands and start-ups, and have all been through the entrepreneurial process directly, or indirectly.
We’re also devoted users of notebooks, the notebook being the first port of call on the creative journey. The team at Mustard Design Agency worked with the guys behind Monsieur Notebook to create the brand they are today. In the course of our work, we were looking for a way of showcasing Mustard's talents, whilst also offering a worthy gift, and thought it would be great if we could give out some notebooks with Mustard's designs.
And then we got stuck. Unless we manufactured and printed 500+ of one design with the right finish, it wouldn’t be viable. This got us thinking… wouldn’t it be great if designers, artists and illustrators like us could produce awesome books in smaller numbers.
Together we started to develop our own way of binding and printing books, allowing us to produce custom notebooks one-by-one. Thus creating Book Block.
The Book Block Notebooks
You will be able to print in full 4-colours any design you like, to create the notebook of your choice. Most ‘printed’ notebooks are printed on glossy paper. We searched high and low for a better quality material with a luxury feel. We eventually found a covering material that works beautifully with our printing and that has a smooth finish and a soft touch. This allows us to print our notebooks in 2400 x 2400 dpi with crisp photographic qualities.
We’re going with the European A5 size, or 21x15cm/8.25”x6”. This provides a slightly larger cover canvass compared to some other notebooks.
We’ve chosen the best double-satin ribbons for you to choose from in a large range of colours. You can choose the ribbon the best suits your design.
Not only can you choose your own ribbon, but you can also match the elastic to your design from our comprehensive palette.
Having teamed up with Monsieur Notebooks, who manufacture here in the UK, we will be using their quality paper stocks to complete the interiors of our custom covers.
You have a choice of
- Ivory Ruled – 90gsm - 192 pages
- Ivory Plain – 90gsm - 192 pages
- Ivory Dot Grid – 90gsm - 192 pages
- Cartridge Sketch – 140gsm - 96 pages
- Fountain White – 100gsm - 192 pages
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Not a Designer but still want a Notebook?
We will be putting together a selection of limited edition notebooks for you to choose from. A number will be from our artist friends, and we're hoping to draw some from the crowd. All artists will be paid for their work.
These designs will be made available in the coming days.
How will the books be made?
What you do
- Download our notebook cover template
- Fill it with your design, remembering to include your name and registration number in the bottom at the back
- Upload it to our website
What we’ll do
- Print your covers in 2400x2400 dpi
- Punch out your covers
- Glue backboard into your covers
- Apply elastic and ribbon
- Attach your covers to the interiors
- Form the books in a press
- Showcase your books in our gallery
- Get your books in the mail!
What will your pledges be used for?
- Full case-making Equipment – We have our eyes on the Kolbus KD casemaker
- Round-Corner Machine – To smooth the corners of our covers
- Casing-in equipment – To help with the binding process
- Commercial presses for finishing the books
- Investment in online services, uploading capabilities and online graphic wizard
At the moment, we can produce small batches of these books ourselves. But with funding we can move towards full manufacture – and things will get interesting!
So come join us and make something special happen with Book Block!
Book Block Bloggers
We're looking to spread the word about Book Block as far and wide as we can. If you're a blogger, do get in touch - we'd love it if you could tell your followers about us, and the work we're doing.
If you think you can give us a little bit of exposure, we're sure we can send a notebook your way.
Here are a few examples of the books we've made this week (commencing 8.10.15) for eager beavers looking to get their hands on some of our books. We'll gradually update links to the blog-posts when they start to come in :-)
Risks and challenges
What are the risks – will we be able to manufacture your notebooks?
We’ve honed our manufacturing process, such that with extra hours and a lot of elbow grease, we will be able to manufacture your books on time and on budget.
However, the bigger we get, the easier certain aspects of our manufacturing becomes. We want to do as much of the manufacture as we can in-house with machinery that we have already have, and that which we’re going to buy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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