After spending a good two months putting together the next issue of PaperSpecs Magazine dedicated to embossing, I thought I had seen just about everything that can be done to add a third dimension to print. That is until I came face to face with a colorful menagerie that suggested I think again.
The Junglendar 2017 calendar is a set of 12 sheets (printed on an HP Indigo 30000 press) – one for each month of the year – that, through tent folds and notch-alignments, come together to form stunning 3D animals. Best of all, each side of a given sheet has a different color or pattern so you can mix and match pieces to make your jungle creatures uniquely your own.
The various die cuts necessary to produce a majestic lion’s face, for example, are extraordinary enough, but what really makes these pieces come alive is the MGI Digital Technology embellishments – particularly foil and selective UV – that lend a further patterned pizzazz to an already eye-catching project.
And just when you are ready to say “Fantastic, stop right there,” Heret Packaging extended their color gamut beyond CMYK to include OVG (orange, violet, green) and white. This, along with the ability to print just 250 sets of The Junglendar, is what digital printing is all about. Finally, the use of Invercote for this project was a smart choice as that paperboard is known the world over for its ability to fold without the slightest hint of cracking.
Says Heret Packaging’s Yarden Ben-Dor, “Every new product development process teaches you something new. In this case, the calendar challenged us with the question of the necessity of physical objects in a world that is deep into digital options (iPhones, iPads, etc). How can we develop new paper products that reveal the benefits of paper that cannot be replaced with digital gadgets; paper products that are reachable and desirable?”
It may be a jungle out there in terms of various electronic distractions, but you’d be hard pressed to find a cooler, more visually compelling way to mark off the months of our lives.
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