Exeter College is Devon's only Ofsted Outstanding further education college. As an organisation, nationally they are in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not for Profit Employer list. In 2021 Belmont Press were chosen as the college's lithographic print partner for the production of their School Leavers Course Guide - a stitched booklet that details everything students need to know about college life, the options they have to offer and how to apply.
The guide had a bold, striking design. The header on the front page 'Your future is bright' had to stand out and it was essential we achieved the desired effect. To ensure expectations were met we put forward three lithographic wet proofs to the Exeter team, experimenting with florescent ink and foil to gain feedback on the best solution.
After a couple of specification tweaks, an appropriate foil was chosen and we got to work.
It was important that the jet black cover didn't dull down the vibrant foil, so the ink was knocked back from underneath the foil avoiding any show through. This meant special attention was required to the 'fit', ensuring variation of the foil position was kept to an absolute minimum.
The marketing team at Exeter College had this to say about their first experience of working with Belmont Press.
"We were very happy with Belmont Press's customer service. The communication was clear and quick. Where there were any concerns about print finish (we wanted to achieve a neon foil finish on the cover which was not straightforward to do) these were communicated clearly on videocalls with us and potential resolutions were discussed and trialed quickly to ensure that the finish and quality would be as we wanted."
Lithographic print partnership
The team concluded "The actual sign off process was one of the smoothest we have had to date and all went to plan, in time for the print deadline. We have been happy with the quality of the print and the special finish too. It is exactly what we had hoped to achieve and the bright colours have received excellent feedback."
"On price, print quality and customer service Belmont Press have been very good and we are already planning our next print product with them."
With the University Level Course Guide now firmly in the planning stages, we look forward to developing our partnership further with the college team.