Based in Mexico, Anagrama were one of seven studios were given the opportunity to fulfil every designers print fantasy at Imprimerie du Marais — a luxury printer in the centre of Paris. Each team of creatives were asked to create a notebook and were free to experiment with specialist processes such as hot-foil stamping, micro-embossing, silk-screening and sewn binding.
Taking inspiration from a wired motherboard, Anagrama’s cover is layered with metallic slices and strips of vivid colour that are aligned in a rigid grid-lock. Fusing the organic nature of ink, hue and fibrous texture, with the regimented boundaries of die cut lines, bleed and registration marks, the finished notebook possesses the tactile appeal of compiled paper and the precision of fine printing. Best known for their branding work, the studio were able to step outside their usual creative parameters to explore something a little more interpretive and perhaps purely decorative.
Anagrama explain, the notebook ”served as a tribute to the complexity and technicality of the printing process, a gesture that pointed to this dying art form’s glorious existence. The idea was to take everything to the extremes using every resource offered. The result is a composition reminiscent of an experimental printing test, a printed glitch from a parallel universe, a sudden malfunction, a phenomenon that sometimes creates unintentional but interesting textures with the information a system is using.”