The twelfth issue of the popular Mohawk Maker Quarterly focuses on partnership as the organizing principle for design and content. The Partnership issue explores the ebb and flow of partnerships from 18th century patrons to 21st century communes. Through the use of imagery and text, each feature article explores the dynamic tension inherent to any partnership be it accidental or intentional, adversarial or collegial.
“Humanity’s greatest achievements have happened when people – two or two thousand – worked together,” says Chris Harrold, VP and Creative Director at Mohawk. “In this issue, we celebrate the partnerships that underpin notable projects today – and that helped bring life to influential work in our past.” Adds Dora Drimalas, whose Hybrid Design firm is behind the project: “Partnership takes many different forms, but when we collaborate with those who challenge, support and inspire us, we can create some of our most satisfying work. Partnership allows us to produce work that’s bigger than the sum of its parts. It’s a whole lot more fun too.”
For issue twelve, the Hybrid team chose a 9.75 x 13.25” perfect-bound format with a die cut dust jacket and contrasting cover paper to create three unique versions, each with foil stamped mastheads. The 28 pages are designed with short sheet photo essays in support of the feature articles, creating a harmonious balance of full-bleed photography and text forms. Throughout the book, twelve different paper stocks are used to explore process color and match colors on white, off-white, colored and textured papers. As with past issues, #12 contains a special artifact that supports the narrative. In this case, it is a a 5 x 7” card with coordinating envelope featuring one of 12 designs printed on the new Strathmore Impress Pure Cotton paper in foil, letterpress and offset.
The issue was printed by Sandy Alexander, using four color printing, match green, match orange, match brown, match blue, match gold, match gray, foil and spot dull varnish. Postcards were letterpress printed and foil stamped by Aldine in New York City.