IN THE DESIGN STUDIO: Beauty of Engraving

Nothing quite compares to the visual and tactile impact an engraved artwork can have, as we discover first-hand in this brand new exclusive PaperSpecs and Neenah video. Join designer Michael Osborne (MODSF) as he created this offering for Neenah’s Beauty of Engraving collection. Special paper, special inks, and minute details hidden within this currency-inspired work by Osborne himself make it a real beauty that pushes the engraving envelope.

Watch Michael Osborne from MODSF and Chip Forman from The Ligature talk about the project in this video from our In The Design Studio series.


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When Neenah Paper asked Michael Osborne to create this exclusive print for The Beauty of Engraving gallery, the president and creative director of MODSF found inspiration from his personal collection of currency, stocks and bonds. Hoping to educate young designers about engraving, Osborne pushed the boundaries to show what’s possible with this exquisite and tactile (inked areas rise up from the surface of the paper) printing process.

From the nearly matching color of the Classic Crest Saw Grass paper to the three ink colors, you can see and feel the design influence of a dollar bill. To add interest and a little bit of intrigue, there are seemingly disparate elements. The rabbit and bee illustrations, the numerals and initials (each has a special meaning to Osborne) serve as wonderful visual surprises.

The Ligature undertook the engraving and has clear bragging rights here too. The maxed-out width of the printed area, the density of the ink, multiple hand-tooled dies, capturing and holding such fine details … all are beautifully printed to dramatic effect.





Project Details

Title Beauty of Engraving Client Neenah Paper Date February 2015 Design Michael Osborne Design Print The Ligature
Berkeley, California
Paper Neenah Classic Crest Saw Grass 100 lb. Cover

Production Details

Print Quantity 1,000 Production Time 6 months Printing Method Engraving Number of Colors 3 colors


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