Featured in Harpers Bazaar Hong Kong

Well, I can't wait to get one in my hands, but I'm thrilled to see the images from the 2018 issue of Harper's Bazaar HK's Bazaar Bride issue! And a very big thanks to Tim Ku for his patience as I gathered some things to send to him for this feature. And what great...

A Luxury Wedding in the French Quarter

What a spectacular couple! When Ashley called to discuss her vision for her wedding, I was SO excited to explore the possibilities for their invitation. She and Paul compliment each other in so many ways and the yin and yang of their relationship became a recurring...

Custom Postage Just Took a Hit

I just found out that one of the most popular services offering custom postage is temporarily bowing out of the game. Well, I hope it's temporary. That's right. Zazzle.com is not offering custom postage right now. I have several friends with open orders left in limbo...

Getting to the Heart of It

Occasionally you come into contact with someone and it just clicks. For some people, it happens all the time. Others, not so much. I'd like to think I can have an engaging conversation with almost anyone (especially if it's in-person - body language helps a ton!)....

The Signature is Dead, Long Live the Signature

I did it. Did you do it? I think it's a rite of passage to spend your grade school years filling a notebook with subtle permutations of your very own name. Exploring the letterforms - their shapes and the beautiful interstitial spaces. At some point, we become aware...

You Don’t Have to Send Wedding Invitations.

You don't have to send out printed wedding invitations. There. I said it. And the collective world of stationers just lost their minds. // I don't know if you're aware, but stationers are a strange lot. They live and die by Emily Post and Pantone's color of the year....

Stationery Is a Proxy

Stationery is a proxy. It stands in for you when you’re not there. Whether it’s your business card or the invitation to the biggest day of your life, your stationery should be undeniably yours. So you that people would recognize it even if your name was nowhere to be...

Three Ingredients to Stationery They’ll Never Forget

This week, it dawned on me. In working on the video for my latest project, I sussed out what all of the most impactful memorable stationery projects I've worked on have in common. There are three key ingredients that make for stop-you-in-your...

Giant Human Skulls

I'm obsessed with skulls. With the exception of Jes Gordon, you're unlikely to find anyone in the wedding industry who appreciates them as deeply as I do. The beauty. The metaphor. That's why I was thrilled to hear about Ron Mueck's show at the National Gallery of...

What do I call myself?

I don’t know about you, but I like exploring the edges. That gap between the known and the unknown. I’m not talking about living life full-on in the unknown, but the place that bridges the two. Where you recognize enough to orient yourself but still get to experience...

Pantone’s Color of the Year Is….

Last month, Pantone announced its color of the year. I didn’t mention it. I didn’t mention it because I was busy with wonderful clients, fun projects, and solid family time. But also, I didn’t mention it because I just don’t care. Really. Could. Not. Care....

Who said anything about glossy?

I don’t know if he was a troll or just a little out of touch. A gentleman replied to the headline of my recent video, “Why You Shouldn’t Send Holiday Cards.” "More trash to throw away, can’t recycle it." I thought, boy that’s cynical and ignorant. And maybe it was...

Advice for the Newly Engaged

Last night, we rang in 2018. And he proposed. Or maybe it was during this last week under the Brooklyn Bridge. Maybe it was Christmas Eve under the snow in the mountains. It's that magical time of year when things just seem a little more...

#goals

Say you hand someone your business card... ...mail them your invitation ...send your thank you note. What do you imagine they do with it? If, when you close your eyes, you imagine the last step involved a trash can, you're not alone. Maybe you imagine them ooh-ing...

I felt like He-Man

These last few weeks have been very busy. On top of a busy season of projects and proposals, I've been up to something. It's not something I've done many times, as is evidenced by how poorly I do it. But I wanted to bring you along through the process and give you a...

No One Will Throw THIS Business Card Away

If you're in business, you're in advertising. But just because you're in business doesn't mean you have to carry a business card. There are plenty of sectors and job titles that just don't have a need for printed proxies of your contact information. Bumping phones...

This is How We Do It

OK, so it's not how we do all of it. But here's a sneak peek into the production of a letterpress wedding invitation. Letterpress projects tend to be fairly straight-forward in the shop. Pick the paper, pick the colors, order the supplies and print. When we add more...

There’s No Such Thing as Thinking Too Big

Last week, one of my favorite stationers called me out of the blue. It was a wonderful surprise. I'd like to tell you that I'm always chatting it up with my friends in the industry. The truth is, aside from a couple close friends (and facebook group discussions), I...

On the Importance of Family

What's your relationship with time? Are you one of those people who feels like it's moving waaaay too fast or are you in the "embrace the moment" camp? I'd like to think of myself as being pretty good at experiencing the moment I'm in and sponging up as much as I can...

On Rituals

Sometimes I consider how much of the ritual of daily life has been lost to progress. The filling of a fountain pen. The honing of a razor. Watching the evening news. Is this the future we were promised? Those rituals provided the rhythm of life. Moments to pause and...

A Note About Thank You Notes

Much has been written about the power of thank you notes. And, with some thanks to Jimmy Fallon, the art of gratitude (however tongue-in-cheek it may be) is at least in the peripheral conscious of the world today. However, there's a fairly nefarious trend in "written"...

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