Catalogues—the books that accompany an exhibition—usually feature images and texts that augment and develop concepts presented in the galleries. In producing a catalogue, museum publishers must consider many factors that balance quality, cost, and efficiency, including: the type of paper, binding, and packaging; the trim size (page dimensions), number of pages, and size of print run; the number of images and type of ink to be used; and where the books will be printed.

How can these choices be eco-friendly?
Is it better to select a domestic printer to reduce the impact of transporting the books, or an international company that follows more stringent environmental standards? In choosing a printer, how should the factors of environmental compliance, working conditions, production quality, cost, and location be weighted?

The exhibition catalogue for Nature’s Nation.