News, Politics, Life, Photography, Art, Words, Poetry, Business… and Portraits

Mariejoe Raidy, print creative director and business woman, is known for multi-tasking creativity and social entrepreneurship. The print jobs she produces with Raidy Printing Group are each very unique, with one thing in common: quality printing and eco-friendliness. The Photography work she was first known for (before joining the printing world), is also very diverse, with one thing in common: the image decapitation and collages that give a new dimension to each subject. Yet when it comes to Mixed Media Illustrations, we notice they are very focused on Portraits and have one Style all across. So why this lack of subject and medium diversity only when it comes to paintings? Here is a short conference call conducted with MJR.


Graphic Novel Book Cover

Graphic Novel Book Cover

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?
“The Book was an experimental project I worked on for my thesis. Through it I tried to combine text and images to form one entity. The illustrations in this book work as text, and show an evolution of shapes, colors and emotions, mainly through portraiture. My intention was never to publish this book, but to play around with it, as I was always fascinated by what paper and ink can do.”

The Birth

The Birth

WHY ONLY PORTRAITS?
“Faces are very expressive, I personally don’t find it surprising as every expression tells a new and different story, and portrays different emotions. I actually challenged myself to express so much in something so small and so limited. I was fascinated by how much a face, an eye, a smile can tell about a person, his/her story and feelings. This is where it all started, and the more I created, the more it kept evolving into new dimensions. Portraits are political, musical, artistic, emotional, fun, serious, to name a few. Faces are the essence of everything else around us. And without faces, we wouldn’t be able to see, hear, smell, taste or touch what surrounds us.”

Lips

Lips

WHERE CAN WE GET A COPY OF THE BOOK?
The book was only released it in 5 copies, and is no longer available. Some of the artworks in it are available today, in Limited Prints Each. You can find them on my website [www.mariejoeraidy.com].


WHY JOIN THE BUSINESS WORLD?
“I found myself in the business world, and love to work with people. The unique energy each client brings, and working in teams, is a different form of professional creativity to me. We all work together for the same goal, with one same vision, always aiming to get the best outcome while being as socially conscious as possible. Art lies in everything we do, and as much as I like to spend time alone, I, as most people, breath through others and grow with them. Together we all make one better person.”

Life Evolution

Life Evolution

YOUR BOOK WON AWARDS. WHY NOT MAKE IT PUBLIC?
“The book is a graphic novel, and images are the main element in it. If it got awarded, it is for the images and medium used, not the text. The paper choice texture and color, the ink density, and how the illustrations were combined in print, made it win. The book itself, was work in progress, it was more of a playground for these images. It was never finished. This is why images are available today, but the publication is not.”

WHAT IS NEXT?
“A book I am currently working on, that will actually be published on a much larger scale this time. In this book you will have no images, yet the text works as images. So in my first experimental unpublished book “images worked as text” and in this new totally different one, “text works as images”. Even if it has no image in it, it is actually very visual.”

Lebanese Press

Lebanese Press

WHY DIFFERENT? WHAT IS THE NEW BOOK ABOUT?
“hmm… Business  :)”

American Press

American Press

WHEN IS ITS RELEASE DATE?
“The release date will be set in April, but most probably end of 2011.”

This Week’s Giveaway: 3 Free Postcards by the artist for each New Subscriber to Our Blog! Just Type Your e-mail address in our “E-Mail Subscription” form at the right side of the page, and we will follow-up for delivery.


10 Useful Print-Related Links & 1 Free Book Chapter!

Does your work often get delayed by poor resources, clients who take too much time to send the needed logos, or by images that are being sent to you in the wrong format?

Here are 10 Links that can help speed up your work process, in different print-related areas. We are also sending out 1 free chapter from David Airey’s Book “A guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities”, to every person who Signs Up to our Newsletter within the next 2 weeks!


1. Is your client late on sending out his company’s original logo, or does not have the right format for you to use? Don’t wait any longer, you can now download Any International Brand’s Original Vector Logos for Free!

Just Click On: Brands of the World


2. Do you have a project to print, are you looking for a good and eco-conscious printer with fast quotation handling? Look no further, ask for your fast Same Day Printing Quotations, by filling out the online form at the right of the menu, including the option to deliver your product anywhere worldwide!

Just Click on: Raidy Printing Group


3. Are you bored with your current font library, and just feel like some new typefaces with a twist? Here is your source! Free Fonts for Download!

Just Click On: 1001 Free Fonts


4. Has your image library become too limited? Are you looking for High Resolution Images to Use for your next Printed Job? Look no further, Download High Resolution Photos for Free Now!

Just Click On: Free Pixels


5. Are you Re-decorating your apartment and are looking for eye-catching, unique Mixed Media Paintings to hang on your walls? Here is a Resource with award-winning affordable Limited Edition Print on Demand Artwork to Purchase!

Just Click On: Mariejoe Raidy Online Art Gallery


6. Are you a curious photo-effect lover, and do you feel like experimenting with your photo library, by adding some spicy and fun effects on them? Look no further, Run Your Pics in the Funky Photo-Effect Mix!

Just Click On: Be Funky


7. Are you bored, do you have some free time on your hand, and do you feel like a good laugh? Here are Some Free and Funny Photo Effects for you to enjoy!

Just Click On: Fun Photo Box


8. Are you back to serious work, and need some Limited Quality Images for your client’s next brochure and catalogue? Are you tired of free images websites, for they are just available for everyone to use and abuse? Here is a link with Affordable High Quality Images for you to purchase!

Just Click On: Getty Images


9. Are you looking for visual inspiration, pictograms, cliparts, logos, fonts and design forums to help you improve your design skills, with forum dedicated to QuarkXpress,Photoshop, to Indesign, and Illustrator? Look no further, Here is your Free Vectorial Resource Website!

Just Click On: La Logotheque


10. Now as a reminder, Write your e-mail on the right side of this page, to subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest design and print related posts, as well as receiving One Free Chapter of David Airey’s New Book About Logos! Chapter Title: From Pencil to PDF!


Have a Colorful Day!

we-love-print.com and so do you…


10 Videos on the Printing Evolution, Process and Tips

Below are 10 Videos we came across on the subject of Printing in the Middle East and Printing Tips, that we found Informative, Educational and Fun to Watch.

1. French > Past and Present News on Printing in Lebanon for World Book Capital. The Evolution of Printing in the Middle East Explained.

2. English >  The Machine that Made Us, The Printing Press

3. Arabic > LBCI TV station, Profile on Printing Press, with a Visit in the Different Departments of a Printing Press

4. English & Arabic > A History of Printing and how it Evolved in Lebanon

5. English > Gutenberg and the Impact of the Printing Press

6. English > A Book Lover’s Fun Way of Explaining the History of Printing.

7. English > A Visual and Musical Animation on the History of Print

8. English > Why is Bleed Needed When Printing? Here is a Visual Demonstration of the Issue.

9. English > Print Designers, Some of the Important Criteria to Consider When Designing for print, by a Creative Critic.

10. English > How Publication Printing Works, taking an image from your Computer and Processing it to Print.


10 Type-Related News & Tips by Jonathan Barnbrook

Jonathan Barnbrook is a British Typographer and Graphic Designer. He is arguably most-recognised for his work on the cover artwork of David Bowie‘s 2002 album Heathen which featured the debut for his ‘Priori’ typeface.

1. The design police do exist & you can become one of them, correcting all typos & bad ideas/designs in the world http://www.design-police.org/

2. Designers, trouble finding the format for your next book project? then this might be helpful: the scale of the universe http://bit.ly/cbxaAw

3. In egypt: protest banner with logos of tech companies http://twitpic.com/3v4jds

4. Here is the official announcement from MOMA, listing all of the fonts now included in their collection http://bit.ly/ghuCph

5. Major recognition for digital type. mason & 22 other typefaces acquired by MOMA for their arch. & design collection http://nyti.ms/i5sNFX

6. Helvetica has been the only typeface in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/arts/24iht-design24.html?_r=1&ref=alicerawsthorn

7. Very happy to be lecturing in new york for the @AIGANY on Feb 23rd, more details here http://bit.ly/g99a6T

8. For those who want a good general VJ resource inc. a comprehensive history, this is absolutely excellent http://audiovisualacademy.com/

9.  Sign up to our mailing list for free fonts and stuff http://bit.ly/ayMzrO

10. About Newspeak font: Named after term in George Orwell’s book ‘1984’ font is based on stalinist social realist architecture


10 Reasons why Stefan Sagmeister Loves CD packaging

Stefan Sagmeister is an Austrian Graphic Designer and Typographer. He is most-recognised for designing album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny.

1. Music is my other big interest in life. Its more interesting to go to meetings with Lou Reed and David Byrne than spending my time with marketing managers.

2. CD covers normally don’t get thrown away.

3. Many CD’s are distributed internationally and printed in large quantities.

4. I am very tall, so I love working on something very small.

5. I used to be in a really bad band (and I was its worst member). Later on (at 25) I was in a better band and good enough to realize that I better make a decision between music and design. Went for design. Still love music

6. Warner always lets us total free reign (if the artist likes the cover)

7. Recording artists do not have a set idea of what they want even before we receive a brief. We are not good as executioners of somebody elses ideas. David Byrne excepted.

8. Bands who come to us normally already rejected the labels in-house design group. So they or their management seeked us out specifically. Many times they are open.

9. We listen to the music of the band a lot while designing.

10. I prefer cardboard packaging (rather than plastic) because it ages much more beautifully.


The Book of The Year

Do you know that today you have more writers than readers? Do you know that 80% of people around you right now are thinking of publishing their own book?

The above fact makes us wonder more about “you”.
Help us by answering the below few questions.

1. What top 3 topics make you want to buy a book?

2. What do you expect to “get” out of a book you purchase?

3. How much money do you invest in average, per book?

4. If you were to go to a library right now, what would you like to find one about?

5. Name one book that has changed your life.

Thank you for your input, we look forward to reading your comments!
P.P.

The 10 Essential Steps of Print Production by Mariejoe Raidy

MarieJoe Raidy is  Creative Director and Print Expert. She is most-recognised for her Strong Business Acumen, bold mixed media work and being the first to launch the “Eco-Friendly and Quality” printing concept in the Middle East.

What Phases does a Print Job go through, from the first idea to the product delivery? How can you be more time and (hence) cost-effective?

To avoid coming back and forth once too often, having mistakes ending up being printed (from type to fonts corrupted to images in low resolution or wrong colors, etc.) , here are 10 important steps that can save you time, effort, money, and can help you get the best outcome for your printed product.

1. IDEA PHASE
This is where you brainstorm, put the silliest and smartest ideas together on the table, until you decide what it is that you need. Is it a brochure, a flyer? (each gives a different impression and serves a different purpose) what first impression does each of them give? who is your target audience? (age? sex? location? profession? financial income?) what message are you trying to convey? (buy me! help me! I can make you beautiful! I can save your life! I can cure your heartache!)


2. PRODUCTION OF ORIGINALS
Once the product type has been decided (What I need is a brochure!),  you will need to start “producing” or gathering its content. From taking photographs, to writing the text, to creating the illustrations, hire the right people to create each element needed for your end item, and make sure they are produced in the right “format”. For example, if a website is what you are doing, then image resolution needs to be of 72 dpi. If you are producing a brochure which will be offset (quality) printed , then your images resolution needs to be between 300 and 400 dpi.


3. COORDINATION MANAGEMENT.
Pick the right printer and right designer at the right time for the right job. It is advised to visit your printer in advance and choose the type of paper that would be best for your product. During that phase, you can also ask to be informed about the different and latest technologies in printing, which can inspire you while designing the job. This can affect the direction you or the designer will take for your corporate image creation. Remember, Not every Design is suitable for every printing technique, and the right design printed on the wrong paper (and vice versa) can kill your product.


4. PREPRESS// CONVERT TO FORMAT
At this phase, you need to convert the images, and the text to the right format (by typing the text, scanning your images in the right resolution and the right profile, so on so forth)


5. PREPRESS// DESIGN
This is where through the visual language, the graphic designer finds strategic business solutions to her/his client’s problems. This is when designers and print experts should meet to choose the most appropriate techs to the job’s needs and purpose. For example, you may not want to print a one color (black on white paper) 2 pages flyer on a thin paper for a project on how to promote Luxury Apartments in the Center of New York City or another Prime location, for it would not be showing the impression needed to impress the right audience and make them want to “trust” the product and want to “buy” the item.


6. PREPRESS// PHOTO MANAGEMENT AND COLOR SEPARATION
This is where images are reworked to comply with print requirements, using state-of-the-art color management tools, on calibrated screens.


7. PREPRESS// PROOFS
Having a printed proof before sending your job to print is Absolutely Crucial!  for this is where you can proofread for the last time before the job is sent for execution. If a typeface has moved, or is corrupted, if colors are not up to your expectations, if any error has been omitted, this is where you can catch it and fix it. Make sure to demand to “sign” on the proof you approve on, to avoid misunderstandings.


8. PRESS// PLATEMAKING AND PRINTING
Once the proof is approved, this is where plates are produced and sent to the printing room, for your job to start.


9. POSTPRESS// BINDING AND PACKING
This is the phase where everything after “printing on the paper” takes place, such as: folding, cutting, die cut, hot stamping, lamination, hard case soft cover binding, sewing, spot UV, numbering, creasing, to name a few.


10. DELIVERY
Your item is packed and ready to be delivered!


For More Information, go to www.MariejoeRaidy.com

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.