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Passion and Drive
Producing books is our passion – working with paper, cover materials, the trade of printing, binding and finishing. It’s the many small details that make a good book. Some can be seen at first glance and others are often noticed much later: when the book can be optimally opened, without straining in the spine, when it has a pleasant smell, feels good and when it becomes even more charming with age. All of that requires solid workmanship, many years of experience and confidence in dealing with thousands of different materials.
Today, we constantly try and reinvent the book as an object and storage place for ideas. We continuously test the boundaries of this rich tradition: with experimental materials from the design and fashion world, with exceptional finishing and innovative printing techniques, as well as different book binding processes. The results are books of high-quality that also astonish.
We look forward to your orders and to beautiful, as well as exciting book projects – made in Germany.
Print is not dead – it just smells funny
Here are the reasons - in a nutshell - why you want to work with us, and that make us so unique.
There’s a lot to say about the whole purpose of paper journals in general, and our brandbook examples in particular. Here comes the condensed version.
brandbook – N°1 in custom designed notebooks
Hardly any object shows change as explicitly as a paper journal.
With each single entry the notebook becomes a more personal and valuable companion.
Technical know-how and good design should go hand in hand.
Why do you have so many international customers?
bb: Our first customer from London, a renowned international design magazine gave us a lot of support, so that in the meantime, we have a name as book manufacturers in the best circles. As a result, we have worked for the MoMA in San Francisco and the Google headquarters, among others. In a lot of countries, such as the USA or the UK, the book industry still only exists in rudimentary form. In Germany, it’s a different story. Here, there are still handcraft businesses that we can refer to when we need, for example, a very special book edge. Or we work with competitive-friendly companies, who are in the process of reviving old techniques.
You have an impressive list of customers …
bb: Without our customers, we wouldn’t be able to do our wonderful job and live out our passion for books. The good thing is, we gather new knowledge and experience with every new book production and this has a positive effect on future productions. That means, every book that we produce today, contains the experience of thousands of previous productions.
“At brandbook, no stone goes unturned. All in the name of a perfect notebook.”Wall Street Journal
High-value costumer gift and perfect brand ambassador
Your books are now available in stores.
bb: Yes, four years ago, we started our nuuna label, to create an area of experimentation for ourselves. That means to produce notebooks that don’t yet exist in this form. In the meantime, our books are available worldwide in concept stores, museum shops and premium shopping centres. The basic idea behind the label is to design and produce notebooks for the “here and now”. No vintage or retro styles, but to deliberately create a contemporary to avant-garde design. For the current collection, we have just been awarded the Red Dot Design Award, which, of course, really makes us happy.
Do you use a notebook yourself?
bb: Once you have had the experience that handwritten notes are simply easier to remember, one gets in the habit of writing down really important things in notebooks. Additionally, it is a beautiful ritual, because one can focus on one thing without any distraction. It is just: me, the pen and the book. Books are becoming more and more objects that one simply has to own and touch.
Is there something that can be considered a new trend in the notebook sector?
bb: Yes, quite clearly. Today, we produce significantly more image books, look books or portfolios, books as an alternative to image brochures. Frequently, they are notebooks with a company portrait or a beautiful series of photos. The recipients can immerse themselves in the world of the company and at the same time fill the books with notes and comments of their own. Furthermore, our customers are demanding more individualised books. The book for the new Audi should also look as if it was a piece of highly-polished aluminium and not simply a standard notebook with a logo.
How do you see the future of notebooks?
bb: Notebooks are articles of everyday use, that can also be real must-haves, when they are made well. Today, where books stand in direct competition to i-pads & co., these objects must play out all their quality cards to continue to exist and remain relevant: paper, book cover, haptic, the design, the weight and the smell. Apart from that, we agree with the saying from the publisher, Joachim Unseld, who once said: “The book is the most developed invention of mankind.”
The Brückenstraße district is to Frankfurt, what the Karo district is for Hamburg, the Belgien district for Cologne or the Kastanienallee for Berlin. Here, everyone knows everyone else. Here, everyone has something to do with art, design, fashion or media.
Three record stores, one comic store, two concept stores and lots of fashion stores and cafes create an inspiring work environment. Here is also the home of brandbook. From the street, one can already see the book experts at work over two stories through big display windows. Books, colour fans, paper samples and print sheets are stacked on the tables. brandbook specialises in the production of notebooks, calendars, books and other complex printing productions. Here one can find extraordinary paper, cover materials and samples of diverse printing and finishing techniques. Word of this expertise has spread and as a result, brandbook produces books for customers worldwide. The company’s customer list reflects this high-standing accordingly. Virtually every well-known brand from adidas to Zeche Zollverein is represented. But even the most renowned design and advertising agencies of Europe, that are seldom satisfied with standard solutions, find brandbook the perfect production partner for their book projects.
We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books … don’t f_ck them.John Waters, Director
A stationery collection of your own produced under the nuuna label (since 2012) is not only available at the store – right next to the brandbook office – but is also sold as far away as Chile. That is unusual for a product that is produced exclusively in Germany and in accordance with high environmental and social standards. After all, approx. 90% of all notebooks today are produced in Asia. brandbook and nuuna can of course also gain additional plus points in regards to design and product quality. Through the collaboration of the eleven-member team that consists of print engineers, graphic designers, book scientists and print production experts, different perspectives are taken into account, so that at the end of every order a harmonious product is created. A further part of the success is surely due to the passion with which the book enthusiasts go to work. An individual, personal consultation and also a fast delivery times are additional advantages that customers of brandbook can expect.
In any case, here, one doesn’t have to fear the mantra that books and notebooks have no future. As an answer to the saying, “Print is dead” brandbook answers with confidence, “Print is not dead it just smells funny” written on our windows.
Although the brandbook concept is unique, we can not at all be called lone wolfs. On the contrary, we love collaborative work on a shared vision. The brandbook circle of friends includes excellent designers, illustrators, product developers, technicians, and institutions.
Expect a clear idea behind every design. At times they’re loud, at other times quiet, but never boring, and always well thought out.
A nuuna notebook needs to be filled - with good and bad ideas.