As a final session of Graphic Production subject, students of the Master have visited the Vanguard Gràfic printing company. A printing company located in Sant Adrià del Besòs (Barcelona) with more than 100 years of work and experience, with the objectives of helping its clients, surprising, impacting, seducing, motivating and, above all, communicating. Vanguard Gràfic offers a wide variety of services, such as: editorial production, brochures, exhibitors or displys, packaging, digital publications, among others.
Josep Amat, digital director of the printing press, has shown us all the departments that comprise it, the machines with which they work and their active functioning, their working methodology and the procedures that are carried out to achieve the maximum printing qualities and the best finishes.
We have started the visit through the pre-printing test area, where the communication between the pre-printing staff and the designer is fundamental.
In the printing department, we were able to see the spectacular Offset H-uvi machine and the amazing HP Indigo in operation, capable of making high quality prints.
Next, in the post-production department, we have seen the handling of the dies to make all kinds of cuts and marks, for projects such as business cards, folders, packaging, etc. Later we have been able to visit the machinery where the sheets, stapling and other postproduction services are made.
In addition, Vanguard Gràfic has the ideal space to develop projects in a manner advised by its I+D team. The catalogs of papers, the finishes and all the samples they have made are shown.
To finish the visit Josep Amat has given us a masterclass on colorimetry, conceptualization and identification of the types of papers and impressions that best suit each type of project. As well as practical advice to request a quote from a printing company.
We are very grateful for the opportunity and for all the new knowledge.