Lessons Learned: Binding Types May 26, 2016 08:00
At UPstudio we pride ourselves on jumping in to every new product and really diving in to all aspects of what we are creating. If you know us, then you know that we are both Type A, detail oriented planners, so we want to be involved with and informed on every decision about every product. The quality, color, texture, printing method, paper type, binding type, and even shipping method are all carefully considered. We do extensive research and sample testing before making final decisions, because we feel each of these decisions can really make or break a product (and we hope you can tell the difference!) Today, we're going to focus on what some different binding types are, and some reasons to choose one over another.
Binding types play an important role in design. The aesthetics of each are very different, as well as cost, how many pages are possible to be bound together, and how the book performs in the end. While some choose a binding type last, we studied these in conjunction with everything else when designing products since it affects so many other aspects.
Here are a few binding types that we considered for products, and some of their qualities:
To create a Saddle Stitch a piece of wire is inserted through the cover and all pages and bent back to hold them all together, resulting in looking like a staple, usually at 2-3 locations along the spine. Pros - cost efficient, cover art can be continuous, Cons - less aesthetically pleasing, pages will not lay flat when opened, page number limited to ~80.
Sewn Bound is exactly as described as pages are stitched together with thread along the entire spine. Pros - aesthetically pleasing, cover art can be continuous, Cons - costly and time consuming, not readily manufactured, pages will not lay completely flat when opened, page number limited to ~40.
Pages are folded into sections and then the ends of the folded side are cut off and roughed up, in order to adhere to the glue, which is applied along the entire spine to the wrap-around cover. Pros - aesthetically pleasing, cost efficient, pages will lay completely flat when opened (if page count allows), page capacity of ~200 pages, cover art can be continuous, Cons - when more than ~60 pages are included, pages will not lay completely flat when opened. *This binding type is used on the UPstudio Journal!
Hardcover binding includes several steps, with interior pages being sewn together in sections, and then glued along the entire spine to the hard cover of the book. Pros - aesthetically pleasing, page capacity of ~400 pages, cover art can be continuous, Cons - costly, pages will not lay completely flat when opened.
For Spiral Binding, holes are punched through pages of the book and held together with a circular plastic coil. Ends are crimped to prevent the coil from sliding off. Pros - cost effective, pages will lay flat when opened, book can turn back on itself and lay flat, page capacity of ~250 pages, many color and size options, Cons - less aesthetically pleasing, cover is divided and not continuous.
Wire-O Binding is very similar to Spiral Binding, the difference being in the quality of the binding itself. The wire coil is much more durable than plastic coil noted above. Pros - aesthetically pleasing, pages will lay flat when opened, book can turn back on itself and lay flat, page capacity of ~250 pages, many color and size options, Cons - less cost effective, cover is divided and not continuous. *This binding type is used on the 2016 UPstudio Planner!
There are other binding types out there, but these are the ones that we run in to the most for product development. We hope you learned a little bit more about binding types, and how important they can be!