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This issue really pulls out all the stops! A wrap-around cover resplendent in all the colours of the rainbow, fine gold paper and relief varnishing – no point in choosing gold unless you really go for it!


Gold is not as easy a choice as you might think, however. It can quickly look over the top, which is why many designers only use it sparingly. But who wants to be modest and sensible all the time? In this issue of novum we thought we´d really push the boat out and go all out for gold. It fills the novum+ section and the cover, too, is a gilded delight. A brand new print and finishing technique inspired the designers at Paperlux to this cover. And we think you’ll agree, the results are amazing. Sophisticated printing technology combined with good design – that is real luxury! 


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The Midas touch

If you want to make an impression, then you´ve really got to go for it. No half measures.  When everybody else is dressed up to the nines, then you don´t want to be the one in jeans and T-shirt. Choosing gold as the theme for this month´s novum+ section was at the same time an obligation – to really shine. With features about great projects and also with the cover – that, too, had to be gold. Not just a little, but a lot! 


The creatives at Paperlux were certainly on board with this idea. These Hamburg-based designers pulled off a coup for us once before with the 11/11 novum cover, which you could fold in three dimensions. This time, it as a new technique that inspired this latest cover.

The cover

At the end of 2017 Scodix rolled out its new digital print enhancement press. This enables spot varnishing, unusually high relief varnishes and foil finishes. You can see what´s possible on the new novum cover: It shimmers in all the colours of the rainbow and is a delight to touch. The special thing about this process is that it dispenses with the need for screens or printing plates, it can be printed direct from the computer. In this way you can save costs, proofs are cheaper and designers have more scope. It´s even possible to apply different finishes one after the other, to create brand new effects.


For the paper we chose Splendorlux Mirror Oro in 320 gsm from Fedrigoni. This cast coated board is well suited for a wide range of applications and has an attractive gold tone and a reflecting surface.


The foil used on the cover came from Kurz, a company that developed a new foil specially for use with the Scodix printing process. It is available in all the colours of the rainbow.

In the novum+ section, too, it´s all about gold. Used in the CD for a model agency gold adds sophistication, for a Japanese restaurant, freshness. It turns a six-pack of beer into a wild work of art and adds class to cannabis packaging. These and many other projects show just how diverse the applications are for the colour gold.


In the Showroom section, Düsseldorf agency KittoKatsu lives up to its name and Italian designer Monica Lovati shows us CIs with feeling. At Buenaventura from Granada, they love bright and bold, and know just how to blend cultural elements into their work. In Vorarlberg, too, the designers have a knack for fine design: Atelier Hanselwanter shows how to create fantastic design for small clients too. And, last but not least, we visit Ufomammoot in Berlin for our series on New Talents Berlin. These creatives use the latest technologies and test out the limits of the possible.

Gilt edging

We couldn´t resist and just had to do a gilt edge as well. So ten of the copies of novum 03.18 sport this sophisticated finish. They are randomly distributed among our subscribers and the newsagents, and if you are the lucky recipient of one of them, then you have hit lucky twice: Not only do you have a real collectors´ piece, you also get a free one-day ticket to our Creative Paper Conference 2018!


So, keep your eyes peeled at the newsagents. If you get one, then contact us at:

The content


Bibliothèque (GBR)

Happycentro (ITA)

Pavement (USA)

Brighhead Studio (RUS)

Knoed (USA)

Mind Design (GBR)

The Bakery (RUS)

Toolbox (CAN)

Paperlux (GER)




KittoKatsu (GER)

Monica Lovati (ITA)

Buenaventura (ESP)

Haselwanter Grafik_und Design (AUT)

Ufomammoot (GER) 


Das Cover

Design: Paperlux (GER)

Papier: Splendorlux Mirror Oro, 320 g/qm Fedrigoni

Druck & Veredelung Cover: Mediadruckwerk

Folien: Kurz

Fotos: Tobias Holzmann

Goldschnitt: 10 Exemplare wurden zudem von der Firma Steinbrenner mit einem Goldschnitt versehen,