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Last Thursday, all 25 graduating graphic design students dropped everything they were working on and became production workers for the day—hand assembling more than a thousand sketchbooks.

The whole CLEAN SLATE crew met downstairs in the print workshop at North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth to manufacture the sketchbooks. There are twelve different versions of the books, with each book featuring a couple of great sketches from the projects we’ve been working on throughout the year.


clean-slate-inviesThanks to Brad Burrows, Print Technician extraordinaire, the covers had already been printed double-sided on the Heidelberg GTO 52 Offset Printing Press AND creased along the spines on the Heidelberg T Platen Letterpress. So it was up to us to hand collate the covers and text pages, saddle stitch, fold and book press, round corners and wrap each book in a very colourful, perforated bellyband.


Everyone quickly assumed a role in the production line and enjoyed the fast-paced work and the feeling of being a part of an efficient team. We all gained an appreciation for the work involved in print finishing, especially for the amount of labour and time involved in hand assembling.


A huge thank you to the terrific Kellie Cooke, Promotions Manager at BJ Ball for supplying us with the stock for the covers and the text blocks. We used Botany 100% Recycled 230gsm for the covers, for a raw and practical look and “Quartz White” Onyx 100% Recycled Vellum in a 100gsm for body that are just great to draw on. Really toothy. Reach out to Kellie and the DesignLine team at BJ Ball here.


The sketchbooks are the official invitations to the CLEAN SLATE Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition in mid November. We feel that a new sketchbook; a clean slate, is an exciting thing to have, it represents a wealth of possibilities much like us, the 2016 design graduates.


If you missed out, or it doesn’t arrive, you can order a copy below and we’ll send you one via snail mail immediately.


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