Smyth-Bound Google Book With Clear Dust Jacket

What does a revolution look like? If you’re Google, it means hosting a year-round Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) program called “Rare” for underrepresented people, which has, through its branding, the high-energy, take-no-prisoners look of punk. And the bible of that revolution? Well it looks like this!

Printed by our good friends at DataGraphic [projects / website] and designed by MAUD – in association with Semi Permanent (which manages the program for Google) – this 120-page book looks like a joyful roar of excitement in paper form. It’s what a zine would look like if its publishers had access to a healthy budget, super-creative designers, and great binding and printing knowhow.

Let’s start with the removable dust jacket because, quite honestly, it is a showstopper all on its own. It consists of a 5 pt. Clear PET sheet, with all the illustrations, handwriting and scribbles you see Screen Printed front and back in White ink!

Not only does this make for an attention-grabbing look that makes this volume stand out equally well on a bookshelf or desktop, but the transparent nature of the dust jacket also gives us an unobstructed view of that gorgeous, gorgeous, exposed spine. So how did they do that? I’m so glad you asked!

The interior pages were digitally printed CMYK on 100 lb. Mohawk Superfine White Eggshell Text, placed between Offset-printed 130 lb. Colorplan Lockwood Green Cover sheets. The individual signatures were sewn together at the spine; and those signatures were then sewn together with thread for extra durability. This binding technique – exposed Smyth-Sewn Binding – is very tren­­dy right now, and a great one to have in your designer’s toolbox!

Inside, text and images run riot, furthering the punk zine look, with only a single accent color used on those pages that have color at all. This not only keeps the reader’s attention on the words and images – including inspiring quotes, stories, and profiles – but also gives the spines of each signature a different hue, making for a nice rainbow effect when the book’s exposed spine is viewed through the clear dust jacket – a subtle reinforcement of the Google program’s message of diversity.

Smyth-sewn binding gave this book an edgy, handmade look perfectly in keeping with the diversity program’s punk aesthetic. It just goes to show that whatever message you’re trying to get across with your project, there’s a binding option that will help you do it.

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Project Details

Title Smyth-Bound Google Book With Clear Dust Jacket Client Google / Semi Permanent Date 2019
 Design MAUD Print DataGraphic Paper Dust Jacket: Clear PET 5 pt.
Cover: Colorplan Lockwood Green 130 lb. Cover
Text: Mohawk Superfine White Eggshell 100 lb. Text

Production Details

Dimensions 4.92’’ x 7.09’’ Page Count 120 pages + Cover Print Quantity 500
 Printing Method Dust Jacket: Screen Printing
Cover: Offset

Text: Digital
Finishing and Binding Smyth-Sewn Binding
  1. JuliaK 1 year ago

    This book is so amazing and so is the binding. Thanks for sharing.

    • Aaron 1 year ago

      Thank you for your kind words, Julia – so happy you enjoyed this one 🙂

  2. Beverley Hunter 1 year ago


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