in memoriam

It's fitting that, in celebration of his life, many outlets have honored Jim Henson in his death this week. My grandmother passed away just a few short days ago. And in doing so, as is often the case, she has left behind many people who are now reflecting on their own...

ART AS INSPIRATION | paper skulls

I love paper and I sure as deuce love art. That means, by default, that I love Li Hongbo. I'm a little bummed I have no travel plans to Sydney any time soon. I would love to see this installation. That paper skull is absolutely...

we’ll dance on blades and pianos

The name is a play on one of my favorite tunes by Have Gun Will Travel. This is a pretty incredible project and looks like it will make for one wild...

Enough Romance, Already!

Do you ever feel like your experiences - your daily life - just aren't as romantic as you expected life to be? Like the act of living, of creating, of working is just not nearly as beautiful in real life as it is in your head? Yeah, I do that, too. And Donald Miller...

my recent experiments in concrete

First, Jes Gordon pinned (and tweeted) this: Then, this happened: Thanks to @jesgordon, I'm working in concrete today. http://t.co/33ZT8Q90eU — Matthew@A Fine Press (@aFinePress) August 20, 2013 There was a little banter about whether I was working with or in...

How did I miss this video?

I'm not sure how I missed this when it came out. Like a lot of designers, I'm fascinated by Jessica Hische and her pretty incredible momentum. This is a very nice little video series and Jessica's might be the best of the bunch. Bonus points for keeping it clean,...

MUSIC MONDAYS: The Civil Wars

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. Is it just me or is the new Civil Wars just not the same? There was something so incredible about Barton Hollow. There was so much vibe. Such simpatico. The duo's parting of ways was fairly public. And then this...

removing clutter to grow

I just had lunch with a friend. You might know him (or know of him). You might not. That doesn't matter. Even though we only live a few blocks apart, it's been a while since we've last spoken. We were having one of those where are we heading? kind of discussions. The...

MUSIC MONDAYS:

Music Mondays: because life's better with a soundtrack. I think a lot of people are introduced to jazz through Miles Davis' 1959 classic Kind of Blue. It's a fine record; it introduced some of my favorite tunes to the world. But I came to jazz from a different angle....

wonderland

Well, this is inspiring and apropos of recent events.   A short glimpse into the lives of creatives.  

ART AS INSPIRATION: Andrew Hayes

I love words printed on paper. Usually it's because of how much I enjoy reading them. Sometimes, it's because of things like this: Artist Andrew Hayes' compositions in metal and book pages are so powerful, so raw. Just more proof that books are beautiful. All images...

why you won’t see my favorite invitation

Last week, I created my favorite invitation I've made to-date. And you'll never see it. I wish I could say it's because I signed an NDA with some super-celebrity client, but it's not. It's because my client hated it. Man, it just sucks to type that out. In the end,...

MUSIC MONDAYS: David Bazan

Music Mondays: because life's better with a soundtrack. I'm the son of a pastor. I grew up playing among the pews of an evangelical church. You may or may not understand how that particular fact colors my feelings toward David Bazan, but let me assure you it paints in...

Pro Tip for Stationers: rotary cutters

If you're using a rotary cutter to slice through anything that's adhesive-backed, there's a good chance the adhesive will gum up your cutter. It happened to me this weekend and wreaked havoc on the project and my hands (not to mention how incredibly unsafe it is). The...

you can’t get one just like the last one

Search traffic is such a mixed bag. Sometimes it completely boggles me the path some of my visitors take to get from that little white box (so full of potential) to my website. Searching for a certain diet company's logo? There's a good chance you'll end up here. Have...

MUSIC MONDAYS: Tiny Desk Concerts

Music Mondays: because life's better with a soundtrack. I. LOVE. Tiny Desk Concerts. It's an NPR thing. I'm pretty sure you'll dig TDC even if you don't dig NPR. The stripped down, short format is a great retreat from the world. I find myself tuning in and checking...

Wedding Planners: Send me your stationery questions!

I know you have questions about custom and hand-made stationery. I'd like to answer them. In the coming weeks, I have a series of articles planned to discuss some of the questions that often arise with my creative partner planners and client couples. I'm wondering...

ART AS INSPIRATION: Henrique Oliveira

I've always been fascinated with artists that consider the exhibition space integral to their work. Henrique Oliveira is one of those artists. I came across this Paris exhibition and am simply stunned.   Bonus for learning the term Gordian Knot! photos by André Morin....

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