It’s no exaggeration to say that Gerry Cambridge has an impressive biography. The well-known poet and editor of ‘Dark Horse Magazine’ also boasts an award-winning portfolio of print design. He has worked with Glasgow PDC for several years, producing beautiful pamphlets and poetry books for small publishers in Scotland. Now well known for his typography and print design work, he has worked with small publishers including Happenstance Press, Mariscat Press, and Red Squirrel Press in London.
Mariscat press recently won the National Library Callum MacDonald Memorial Award for pamphlet publishing – in fact, they took first and second place awards, both with pamphlets that Gerry designed and Glasgow PDC printed. We caught up with Gerry to find out more about his relationship with Glasgow PDC, and his opinion on ‘the death of printed press’:
“Over the last twenty years, I have had a lot of experience working with printers, good and bad. Where possible, I’ve always liked to form a relationship with a local printer, and that is where Glasgow PDC enters the story. At first I needed some postcards made, back in October 2013, but since then I’ve used them for small bespoke projects, pamphlets, and recently produced some fantastic large scale banners and posters for the twentieth anniversary of Dark Horse.
“Their work is always of a very high quality and they offer a quick turn-around. They do pride themselves on client satisfaction, making the team a pleasure to work with. Printers can be unwilling to use non-stock paper or carry out an unusual run, but Glasgow PDC love to use interesting papers. They take a keen interest in the artisanal element of it – in fact Philip positively encourages it and enjoys the bespoke, special element of what I ask for. The team have a sense of pride for what they do – they aren’t a typical printer, doggedly producing things, they are interested in creating print work that has a higher aesthetic element to it.
“When the quality of the finished product is key, they are the people to go to. In poetry and small literary publishing, it’s wonderful to be able to create a final product that has a tactile element to it. A complete kickback against the world of ebooks.”