In one of the cosier corners of the factory, a compact, fastidiously organised room, reminiscent of a library, offers up wooden shelves stacked with more varieties of paper than you’ve ever seen. From weighty and shimmering (including the new Gmund range, complete with real gold in the mix) to the beautifully marbled, this is where the samples requests are handled.
What we learned:
Print is a tactile game, so it’s only natural you’d want to feel a product before ordering, and this is something the company is really dedicated to. In addition to sending out samples of any paper you desire (generally by the next working day), G . F Smith is also one of incredibly few paper merchants to offer a full dummy service.
This means you can get a free test version of your order (usually returned within four days) to make sure you’re happy with it, before sending a larger number to print or fabrication. A dummy is always created with the same level of care as the final, so you get to test the weight, colour, texture and feel of your designs for free, ahead of sending off a final order.
For paper samples, if you send a request on a weekday before 4pm, you’ll receive it the next working day. For dummies, these can usually be returned within four working days.
What it’s best for:
Peace of mind before printing or placing a large order!