Island graphic designer gets national recognition

Langley resident Scot Gaznier can add "award-winning book designer" to his list of accomplishments.

Gaznier, a graphic designer, recently won the 2002 bronze award for excellence from the International Gallery of Superb Printing (IAPHC) for his work on the book "Solebury at 75, a Fond Look Back."

Commissioned by Solebury School in New Hope, Pa., the 100-page book tells the 75-year history of the school, decade by decade.

Thumbing through the pages in his studio this week, Gaznier said he put in over a year of tedious work to get the project completed.

"It's not just a run of the mill book," Gaznier said modestly.

That it is not.

The book was printed in an unusual "duotone" technique, according to Gaznier. Each chapter of the book was printed in a style reflective of that decade.

Gaznier said much of his time was spent restoring deteriorated photographs, photographs that were to go in the book. He digitally restored over 400 photographs for the project.

"There's a lot of work in restoring things like that," he said.

Gaznier's work was recognized in a pool of 3,000 entries sent in to the IAPHC, based in Minneapolis. The selection of the winning entries was made by a panel of 40 judges.

Gaznier shares the award with The Printery in Port Townsend, the company that printed and bound the book.

Gaznier's clients have included Adobe Systems, Advances Technology Laboratories, Boeing, Microsoft, IBM and the University of Southern California.

Locally Gaznier has worked for Big Sister, The Clyde Theatre, Fools, the Giraffe Project, In the Country, Rob Hetler, Whidbey Island Soap Co. and Whidbey Island Winery and Vineyards.

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