Printing services

posted 21 Jun 2014, 16:38 by Tom Fowler   [ updated 4 Jul 2014, 08:01 ]

I'm no longer directly offering print services tp the public, though am self employed within the industry.

If you need any of the services I used to offer (see below), I highly recommend that you get in contact with my most regular clients A Print & Design Ltd, they offer a complete range of in-house print production services.

Here is the spiel that used to be the main part of this site:

Based in Newport, South Wales, I source whatever printing solutions you need and deliver quality on a budget. 100% hassle free. I'm able to deliver on a tight schedule and on the tightest of budgets whilst being laid back and easy going.

I'm a totally independent one man operation. Though I bring in a number of different specialists as required, I oversee each aspect of the production process first hand to ensure that everything you've requested meets your exact requirements.

I'm fully versed on all the options available in the print production process and experienced in the complete project management of all kinds of printed products at all kinds of budgets. The vast majority of the print solutions I deliver are completely bespoke, give me your requirements and I'll find the right package at the right price tailored to your precise needs.

It's rare to find one printer that can offer the same value in all areas of production. I work 'hands on' throughout the whole manufacturing process, laying out, printing (both lithographic or digital) and finishing jobs large and small.

I can cater for all your paper and card printing requirements; flyers, leaflets, business cards, posters, magazines, stickers, tickets, postcards, invitations, all kinds of stationery and any other aspect of printing you need.

If you require anything more, I can also work as your own dedicated print buyer, putting your project with the right specialist at every stage of production, overseeing the whole process to deliver the best quality at the best possible price.

From short runs to total project management. Producing original design and layout or working with your artwork. Everyone has always been satisfied with the work I've delivered, please get in touch for a quote to your specifications or to find out what is possible on a budget.

Getting your font right

posted 27 Aug 2010, 03:57 by Tom Fowler   [ updated 4 Jul 2014, 08:01 ]

Selecting the right font for your project is one of the important parts of preparing the impression you want to give.

Fonts are broken into two major groups: serif and sans-serif. A serif is the little detail on the ends of letters. Serif fonts are the more traditional typeface. Either type has its merits; you will often see serif used as the body text whilst sans-serif appears as the title.

Claims that serif fonts are easier to read has been discredited by modern studies, but they are still widely used by books and newspapers. 

There are a great number of fonts in both styles. Many of them come packaged with widely available software. In by far the vast majority of cases there in no reason to use anything other than the standard fonts that everyone is familiar with. 

Though there are some fonts which are more pleasing on the eye, sticking to the most popular typefaces gives your project an air of familiarity. 
  • For Serif the Times New Roman or Rockwell font families.
  • For Sans-Serif the Arial or Helvetica font families.
There are of course reasons to use more unusual or artistic fonts, used sparingly these can be very eye catching, however overuse can easily make a mess.

There are lots of font collections for sale, there is little point in buying any of these. There are also large numbers of free font download sites. Many of the fonts these sites host are very poor quality but the best of them have been picked out by the excellent Font Squirrel.

Have a look around at what is available on your computer and online. You might find a particular set of fonts particularly pleasing. Once you've chosen a typeface, stick with it! The shape of your words becomes as much a part of the appearance of your project as any images you use.

Promoting a gig in a small venue

posted 30 Jul 2010, 11:23 by Tom Fowler   [ updated 4 Jul 2014, 08:01 ]

Putting on a few bands in a local pub can be a stressful experience. Once you've got past booking the acts, venue and sound engineer you also need to convince people to come along.

The internet has revolutionised promotion, and there are many places online where you can spread the word. Specialist music forums and local listings sites, maybe your blog if you've got one and of course Facebook.

However the most direct and time tested method of gig promotion is putting up posters and giving out flyers. Though flyposting can lead to an unwanted run in with local law enforcement if your not careful, there are plenty of legal public places to put up posters.

Presenting the 'who, what, where, when and how much' in a clear and eye catching way can be done with the minimum of fuss. You could splash out on colour, a fanciful design and large print runs, but for most non-commercial events, this will be all you need:

 80 gsm paper, black on white.

 10 A3 posters & 200 A6 leaflets.
 20 A3 posters & 400 A6 leaflets.   £15 
 40 A3 posters & 800 A6 leaflets.

You may decide you need tickets as well, a different ratio of posters and flyers or any number of other bits and pieces. Get in contact for more info.

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