As part of an ongoing partnership with the Printing Charity, SAXOPRINT recently hosted four London College of Communication students at its headquarters and print facility. The Printing Charity is dedicated to helping young design talent get practical industry experience, a goal which SAXOPRINT supports. The four students got an up close and personal view of SAXOPRINT’s printing process.
In the spring 2017, the Printing Charity held a contest for LCC students offering them the chance to design their Annual Report for 2016 and the brochure for the Print Futures Awards. As a part of the prize package, students won a trip to SAXOPRINT. Szu-yun Chang, Yin Yu Chen and Linlin Pan were the winning designers of the Printing Charity’s 2016 Annual Report and the designer of the charity’s Print Futures Awards brochure was Costanza De Luca.
“The trip was a unique part of our design competition with LCC students to produce our Annual Report and Print Futures Awards brochure, and was a fantastic opportunity given to the students by SAXOPRINT to see a printing facility in action.”
Neil Lovell, Chief Executive of the Printing Charity
SAXOPRINT printed the Annual Report in May, and the Print Futures Awards took place on July 20th; SAXOPRINT not only printed the brochure but also the invitations and certificates for the winners.
The first day of the visit was spent sightseeing and concluded with a dinner with SAXOPRINT’s Head of Marketing, Stephan Strehlow. There, they got their first insight into the world of online printing. They discussed SAXOPRINT’s national marketing campaigns, international sponsoring partnerships and print production – giving them a small taste of what they could expect to see during their visit to SAXOPRINT. The following day, they arrived early at SAXOPRINT’s headquarters and took a guided tour from SAXOPRINT’s Key Account Manager, Phil Foster who also served as a jury member for the contest.
“It was a real pleasure accompanying four such enthusiastic young people and show them around our state-of-the-art production facility. I believe it gave them a real insight into how their amazing winning designs are transformed into quality printed products. The standard of entries to the competition was very high, which is very encouraging for the future of design and print. SAXOPRINT would like to wish all the students from LCC, who entered the competition, all the best for what we are sure will be very bright futures.”
Phil Foster, Key Account Manager at SAXOPRINT
The tour started in the pre-press where artwork files are checked for their printability. There, they also saw how multiple orders are placed on one large sheet for gang run printing. The girls then saw how the artwork starts to become a printed product in the plate imaging department where the artwork negatives are applied to large A0 plates. They then visited the production hall where they got to see one of many Heidelberg Speedmasters up close. These massive machines make projects like the Printing Charity’s Annual Report as well as the Print Futures brochure a reality. The uncut gang runs with multiple projects are then moved to be cut and processed. At this point, the girls were amazed that they had only seen half of SAXOPRINT’s 18,000 m² production facility. They then previewed all types of processing and finishing from cutting, folding and binding to UV coating and lamination. At the end of this experience the girls could see how their designs for the Printing Charity became a finished tangible printed product.
“The trip to SAXOPRINT was amazing. I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to go. I did not expect such a massive place and was surprised by the incredible quantity of machinery used for each production step.”
Costanza De Luca, designer of the charity’s Print Futures Awards brochure