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Jan 21 2015

Field Notes

One of my favorite graphic designers (Aaron Draplin) created one of the handiest things there is: Field Notes.It is likely that you've heard of the brand of pocket-sized notebooks. If you haven't, they're well-worth a look. It's a product that's well-considered, well-crafted, and makes you feel cool when you use it.It was this particular wood-covered iteration that served as a major source of inspiration for #theknotgala invitations.Here's one of my favorite things about Field Notes:The...

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Jan 07 2015

An Exciting Announcement (or two)

It's barely a week into the new year and 2015 is already shaping up to be an incredible one for A Fine Press!There are a few things happening this January that I'm thrilled about, but a couple will have to be for another time.For today, I've got two exciting things to share: The Letterpress Division While far from the only thing offered by A Fine Press, letterpress printing has been an integral part of our services from day one....

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Music Mondays | Sam Amidon – Lily-O

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. This winter has been an amazing time of music discovery for me!First, there was my new big band obsession, Mitch Shiner and his BloomingTones and then this "discovery."I'm a big fan of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, and love the breadth of musicians they bring to the series. The truth is, most of the artists featured on TDC don't really do it for me. A cursory, curious listen is often...

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Dec 16 2014

In The News | Chicago Tribune

It was great to get an email this morning that a story I interviewed for several weeks ago made the Chicago Tribune this week. Leslie Mann's wittily titled "Has the RSVP gone the way of the jello mold?" appeared in the online edition yesterday.Read it and let me know what you think.Did anyone happen to catch if it was in print? I'd love a copy....

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Music Mondays | Mitch Shiner

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.I'm going to say something that may sound anachronistic; you may not even believe me: I discovered an incredible new big band last week.  "What?!" you say. "Big bands went the way of the buffalo half a century ago!"Well, friend, you're mistaken.There are some incredible musicians redefining the meaning of what it is to be a big band as well as some great ensembles carry the torch of groups like...

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Nov 25 2014

Authenticity and Aesthetics

I believe that, when push comes to shove, Millenials (yep, I'm generalizing) value authenticity over aesthetics. I know I do.I think it's something we've seen shifting (especially in the world of weddings) over the last few years. I think we're finally through the era of cluttering our homes and our weddings with meaningless ephemera. That's not to say that the ephemera is gone; it's just become more connected.That vintage typewriter isn't just there because it looked cute. It's...

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Music Mondays | Moon Hooch

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.I've made no secret of my love of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. I LOVE that there's even a Roku channel for the series! I was watching a few concerts this week when I discovered Moon Hooch.This may not be your cup of tea, but I adore this inventive trio's sense of adventure and clear commitment to the music.If passionate noise is the order of the day, give Moon...

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Quick Picks – 11.23.14

It really is hard to believe it's Thanksgiving week already! I'm resolving early this year - to try new things in this space. That's why I'm trying a Quick Picks series - a little light reading for your Sunday.Without further ado:This Jenga House by Sou Fujimoto is exactly the kind of thing I'd love to have in the back yard! I was recently turned on to the work of Andrew Ryan Shepherd. Beautiful visual storytelling. I'm having a hard...

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Nov 03 2014

Music Mondays | the Potash Twins

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.Whew! What a summer!There’s so much to share, but I wanted to kick this back off (it’s been a while, hasn’t it?) with a fresh Music Mondays. A couple weeks ago, while in New York for The Knot Gala, I had the opportunity to take a nice little detour from the usual talk of the evening and geek out on jazz with these handsome young gentlemen.Met the @potashtwins at...

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A Missing Letter

Tonight, I attended #theKnotGala, an impressive showing of some of the wedding industry's best and brightest. I was honored to attend on account of my contribution as the invitation designer.  I also made these sponsor-thank you bookmarks.  And I messed up.At some point in the process (and I'm pretty sure I know where) between client approval and printing,  I deleted a letter. The incredible spread was provided by Marcia Selden Catering and they didn't get...

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