Mohawk releases new guide to digital materials and digital processes

A Maker’s Field Guide to Digital Materials and Digital Processes is the latest in Mohawk’s series of comprehensive, printed guides aimed at designers, their clients and printers.

Mohawk Fine Papers (Cohoes, NY) North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty materials for commercial and digital printing, has released A Maker’s Field Guide to Digital Materials and Digital Processes – the latest in its series of comprehensive, printed guides “designed to bring inspiration and education to designers, their clients and printers,” on the importance of choosing the right materials and processes for print.

Chris Harrold.

“The new Maker’s Field Guide to Digital Materials and Digital Processes is the latest expression of Mohawk’s ongoing commitment to demonstrating the pivotal role that materials play in the success of any project designed for print,” said Chris Harrold, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Creative at Mohawk. “This edition should prove to designers that digital printing is no longer a compromise, but a sophisticated, agile means to produce beautiful print on an impressive range of materials – from fine paper to durable synthetics.” A Maker’s Field Guide to Digital Materials and Digital Processes was created by Hybrid Design of San Francisco to complement Mohawk’s ongoing series of educational Field Guides. Third in the series, it was designed to demonstrate the flexibility of the latest digital printing presses through print demonstrations showing both paper and non-paper materials.

Dora Drimalas.

“The new maker needs to work smarter and faster. This means considering design beyond the screen—using materials and processes to translate ideas into physical experiences,” said Dora Drimalas, Principal and Executive Creative Director at Hybrid. “From speed to iteration to experimentation, digital printing is a tool that has evolved to meet the nimble needs of the new maker. It’s time we started thinking big(er) about print.” A Maker’s Field Guide to Digital Materials and Digital Processes re-casts digital printing as an answer to the agility of modern workflow. Mohawk added that it meets the needs of faster timelines, collaboration, iteration, personalization and the ever-climbing expectations for beauty supported by function. “In short we are at a moment in time where the tools for printing are catching up to the needs of the new maker,” said Mohawk,

The entire 71-page book, including the cover and dust jacket, demonstrates 22 different digitally printed materials and is organized in three high-impact sections:

  1. Introduction/Make Good Great. This section provides an introduction to the harmonious relationship between ideas, materials and processes – including a printed demonstration of the top three digital print techniques followed by an eye-catching composition showing a diverse range of materials, from durable papers to magnets readily available from Mohawk.
  2. Printed Samples/Materials with Purpose. This section features six unique sample projects, each suggesting how to use paper in combination with a specialty or a synthetic materials. A range of printing techniques, from simple single-colour to wide-format inkjet – as well as high fidelity, full-colour printing – demonstrates just how far digital print has evolved. “Each print sample project is sure to open your eyes to new possibilities,” said Mohawk.
  3. Resources/Become the Digital Print Expert. Besides offering a short-hand summary of the preceding 59 pages of the book, this section is packed with inspirational and educational resources, along with tactical tools designed to get you from ideation to making in the here and now.

A Maker’s Field Guide to Digital Materials and Digital Processes was printed by Flash Reproductions (Toronto), Sandy Alexander (Clifton, NJ), Dupli (Syracuse, NY) and finished and bound by Fey Printing (Wisconsin Rapids, WI.)

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.