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LDS Church Wins Best of Show

Assembled with extreme care and attention to detail, a case-bound book from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Printing Division claimed Best of Show for offset in In-Print 2013.

July 2013 By Bob Neubauer
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Having entered the In-Print competition since the 1980s, the Printing Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has amassed an impressive collection of awards—enough to line a long hallway in its Salt Lake City facility. And it's no wonder; the in-plant's 350 employees see their work as a reflection of their devotion to the church, so they take great pride in producing the best possible quality in every project they undertake.

Still, despite all these awards, the top prize—Best of Show—has always eluded the in-plant. Until now.

Out of the 16 Gold winners in the offset categories, a case-bound book produced by the LDS Church Printing Division was selected as the 2013 Best of Show winner. Director Craig Sedgwick is elated.

"We tried for so many years, and it's just wonderful to finally win the award," he remarks.

The winning 208-page book, "Daughters in My Kingdom," is a history of the church's Relief Society, a 171-year-old women's organization. It covers the evolution of the society and profiles every president since it began in 1842.

Color on Every Page

The in-plant initially printed 1.5 million soft-bound copies of the book for distribution to members of the society. Then a run of 1,000 hard-bound copies was ordered, to be sold at the church's Deseret Book Co. Producing this elegant keepsake—which sports an Invecchiato leather cover that is embossed and foil stamped, and features silver-gilded pages—was quite a challenge, not so much for these tasteful touches but because of the amount of color on the inside.

"There's not a page without color," says Sedgwick. Every page, even the "blank" ones, has a color tint along with a screened-back floral design along the edges. Nearly 240 color photos and drawings fill the book. Keeping that color consistent throughout the run was the in-plant's biggest challenge, Sedgwick says.

 

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