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May 19 2015

Bone Calligraphy Business Cards

Sometimes you just have to stretch yourself. These knockout letterpress business cards were just such an endeavour.Not every letterpress press is designed for flood printing and not every one that can do it is set up to. This was an exercise in testing those parameters.Andrew with Bone Calligraphy sent me some absolutely beautiful art to do a 2/2 flood print. We ran the chartreuse first with a little bit of trap and then flooded the black...

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Apr 30 2015

This is Cool | 54×40 Laser-Cut State Maps

It's no secret that I love almost anything shaped by a laser - cut it, etch it, just make something cool.The folks at 54x40 are making something very cool.They're laser-cut topographic maps of each state. It's kind of a bummer that the two states I've called home (Ohio and Florida) are both pretty much featureless in the topography department.That said, the packaging on these things is KILLER. I'm in love with corrugated cardboard as design...

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Apr 28 2015

A Letterpress Introduction

If you browse my instagram of late, you may notice that we've been printing a lot of business cards and personal/business stationery. The truth is, we have been printing business cards like crazy. We've been focusing on growing the letterpress printing side of A Fine Press (as opposed to the inviting experiences side, which features a lot of lasers and other crazy production methods).Things are going well there and it's time to focus on the core of...

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Apr 21 2015

Hillary Bold – A Political Typeface

Last week, Designer Rick Wolff tweeted an image of Hillary Bold (#Hillvetica), his riff on the infamous Hillary '16 logo. Hillary Bold. Because, America. You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/Y2HRzM4tMn— Rick Wolff (@RickWolff) April 13, 2015Now, The Washington Post has given us a way to create our own Hillvetica slogans.Go ahead. Make yer own!...

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Apr 17 2015

Combining Full-color Images With Letterpress and Foil Stamping

I'm absolutely loving the trend of combining full-color (and greyscale) images with spot-color printing like letterpress, foil stamping and screenprinting. It can create serious drama in an invitation or even business stationery. This is especially true when the photographic components are strong editorial-style images (which I'm delighted to see rising in popularity) or luxurious fields of texture (think watercolor, feathers and florals...

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Apr 14 2015

A Busy Week of Business Cards

Not long after I started promoting Wild 166# paper as an excellent choice for business cards and the Humble Beginnings collection, my primary supplier completely ran out. Ain't that a kick in the head?I finally found another supplier and gotElise is a talented photographer who happens to be taking a sabbatical. Like most photographers, she's used to having a card to hand out when she meets someone new and didn't want to go without just...

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Apr 08 2015

Beauty and the Ginger Letterpress Invitations

I love couples with a sense of humor. My friends Brian (he insists with an "i" is the only correct spelling of the name) and Kelly have it in spades.After a recent shop move, I unearthed this beautiful letterpress invitation I helped them create.Brian runs his own creative agency and has a pretty awesome designer in his band of mischief (she's the one who designed this ADDY invitation). He also happens to look like a red-headed Norseman,...

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Mar 30 2015

Music Mondays | the Lamest of All Adjectives

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. Having grown up in a pentecostal church, I rode the wave of mediocre CCM (that's Contemporary Christian Music) like a champion surfer. It wasn't until my late teen years that I started to question how a faith that claims to have a direct line of communication with the Creator could produce such inferior art. Clearly this wasn't always the case. So much of the history of great art (though certainly...

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