In a Bind August 12, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Art Supplies, Design Resources, Local Sources, Professional Portfolios , trackback
A question that often comes up in my class is where can you get a booklet printed and bound. Everyone knows that Kinko’s can do it for you, but they don’t offer a variety of binds and well, let’s face it, Kinko’s lacks consistency. Some of them, however, are open 24 hrs which in many cases makes it the only choice for your printing needs. If you plan ahead, however, there is a number of excellent choices available to you for professional printing and binding needs.
Staples is a great place to have presentations bound. They offer six different types of binding. You can create your project online and pick up at a store.
mimeo.com is an online store that offers all kinds of printed presentation options and same day service (not including shipping). They offer nine types of binding and are very well priced. For a 5 page color presentation, printed front and back and black tape bound for same day turn-around is only $9.18. Yes, that’s right, only $9.18. Yes, they will do a single copy, no minimums. They also offer 50% off on your first order.
ABC Imaging, the company that has an on site campus printing in Atlanta, can do a variety of printed presentations as well. As a warning, they aren’t open on Sundays. They do offer building and car wraps, however, which might be even cooler than a printed booklet. Imagine your professor’s surprise when they find out you’ve wrapped their car with your presentation.
Speaking of taking your presentation to the next level, if you want to try book binding by hand, some local stores in Atlanta have book making supplies including Binders Art Supply and Paper Source. Online sources like Talasonline.com and Bookbinders offer greater variety of goods, but you have to know what you are ordering.
The real key to having your project nicely bound is finishing your work in enough time to have it bound. Professional binding isn’t going to happen at 3 AM when your project is due at 8 AM. Shocking news, I know.