Our little red dot celebrates its 50 years this year, and we can see that Singaporeans do not lack creativity in making it special. Together with Daphne Yuen and Tan Shi Bin, we were excited how they've decided to use a bear and mouse story to, well, tell an otherwise politically charged and sensitive story. Importantly, the heartbeat of it all is how despite the differences, we can still be best friends with neighbours.
Nanyang Girls’ High School was set up by a group of leaders from the United League of China, who were deeply inspired by Mr. Sun Yet-sen’s view that women should receive an education in order to play a more active role in serving their country. Since its establishment in 1917, Nanyang Girls’ High School has remained true to her goal in grooming well-educated ladies who will contribute to society.
And in celebration of its 95th anniversary, we were honoured to be able to print their selection of photographs, essays -- all exemplifying its commitment to guided its girls in “勤 慎 端 朴 - Diligence, Prudence, Respectability, Simplicity”.
Cover Page: Simple. Focused
The cover design was really simple and allowed the reader to focus on what's important. Each cover photograph carefully chosen to tell the reader what the book is about. It's hence no surprise to use spot-UV to highlight each cover photograph, as well as the 95th Anniversary logo. Everything done to keep what's important in the focus of the reader
Photographs and Content
Maintaining consistency throughout the book, the photograph pages did not use special art paper. The photographs printed woodfree paper kept the reading experience consistent -- giving no special attention whether memories by photographs or by words, just like how they give no special bias towards any student. Every life important. Every contribution to the book the same.
The woodfree paper gave a rustic feel to the book, freezing all the contributions and thoughts in time, through the book.
The greatest joy for us has always been able to put to print incredible thoughts, ideas and stories so that the content can impact the many lives who would then want to read it, because of that first glance of the book.
When approached by Write Editions to print this book "The Good God", we felt both excited and humbled -- excited by a very simple title, humbled by the requirements of the book. Orange peel, spot-UV, recycled paper. It wasn't the usual book we printed, but we were all thrilled to be able to try the unique effects that print can bring about. At the heart of the experience in reading the book, in holding the book -- the entire team wanted to make sure it communicated goodness. Hence, we particularly light the photo on this post -- the reflection of the warm sunlight on the cover page.
The book was the author's own journey in discovering what happened at the Cross. It re-educated the Christians and non-Christians alike, how an exhilarating and intimate relationship with Jesus can be. And the effort the author and book publisher put into the book design and print definitely showed that.
Together with the book publisher, we painstakingly chose the right colour and texture for the inside pages. The beige recycled paper was smooth, non-glaring, and allowed the text to be sharp and clear. Just what you need for the long dive through the pages.
And rather than having pages of introduction, the publisher kept the essential and key information about the book, the author, at the cover flaps. To ensure that the photographs look great despite being printed with the orange peel finishing, the spot UV helped to differentiate the photograph from the paper.
Photobook by Lianhe Zaobao《联合早报》
This was a really exciting project we did. A coffee-table book by 《联合早报》that chronicles 90 years of photo journalism by their team. And through their eyes, we bear witness to the incredible and dynamic change that Singapore has gone through in time. There were photographs of the old telephone booths, accidents that we have long forgotten, HDB flats and designs from yesteryears, as well as the elections that Singapore has gone through since independence.
It was a privilege to see what the photo journalists saw, and sharing it with so many others through the book.
Paper for Photographs
Size: 195mm x 215mm (L)
Material: Wrapper, Endpaper, Content - 157gsm Japan Glossy Artpaper
Extent: Wrapper - 2pp (4C + Matt Lamination + Spot UV x 0C); Endpaper - 8pp (4C x 0C); Content - 180pp (4c x 4c)
Finishing: Threadsewn Case Bound
We had the joy of publishing and printing the Dunman High prospectus. Thankful for schools like Dunman High that is still very committed in its rich cultural and historical roots.