Perfect bound book wins top award for print excellence

Perfect bound book, offset printing

Your organization’s history or product catalog deserves to be printed like a professionally bound book. We partnered with a local faith community celebrating one hundred years to publish their history. We printed a perfect bound book for them that won Gold in the 2023 Graphic Media Alliance Print Excellence Awards.

The Business Problem

San Antonio Italian Chapel in Cincinnati has been serving the community since 1922. For their one-hundredth anniversary they documented church history and founding family genealogy with photos and content. Months of writing and design work resulted in a 148 page book. An artist in the congregation made a painting of the church building and a photo of that painting would be the cover. They wanted a professionally bound book that families would consider a memoir worth purchasing and keeping.  

Evolution’s Creative Solution

Our creative solutions team was excited to work with the church to publish this historical volume. We recommended a standard page size to avoid costs associated with custom page cuts. We also recommended a full color print for the cover with a full bleed so that the painting became the entire soft cover. On the inside pages we used black ink to reduce print costs. Perfect bound is the technique we recommended for binding the book. With a perfect bound edition, the cover and pages line up perfectly, the pages are glued to the spine, not stapled. A perfect bound book can have printing on the outside of the spine, too, allowing for people to find the title easily on the bookshelf. 

The book was an instant bestseller among the congregation! The first printing sold out quickly and a print reorder was requested. We are honored to have worked with San Antonio Italian Chapel to print this historical church document.  

A perfect bound book may be just what you need to compile the history of your organization or to make a catalog of products. Get advice from our experts at [email protected] or call 513-681-4450 today.

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Project Specifications Rationale
Cover paper stock12Pt C1S TangoThe cover stock was coated on one side, enhancing the full color used to print the photo on the cover.
PrintingDigitalDigital printers print color and black ink, so one printer could complete this project. Printing the inside in black ink only saved on costs.
Perfect bound 
A perfect bound book uses glue to bind pages to the spine creating a squared spine and not a stapled seam.