Designers may also like to note that apart from the traditional materials such as hide, goatskin, buckram, marbled and decorative papers, the workshop uses more contemporary materials such as Japanese papers, denim, plastics, Perspex and even, on one occasion, tin plate. The results have made a considerable and often spectacular contribution to the finished product. That most modest of containers, the ring binder has had its profile raised to such an extent that it enjoys a new lease of life, functioning as a promotional tool. Instead of being limited to a simple blocking on mass production binders, designers are now able to use four colour printing on paper and cloth to achieve elegant results.
On Brochures, reports and other print, the binding methods can be decorative as well as functional, helping to enhance the individuality of the item. In addition to the alternative sewing techniques the stitches themselves can be different lengths using coloured threads as part of the design. Riveting, press studs, magnets and Velcro fasteners create their own special effects.