invitations for the end of the world

Our local afr location contacted me about creating the invitations for their annual showcase/networker. Since the theme was "Countdown to Chaos," we decided to create a networking "survival kit" that was hand-delivered to the event's VIPs. I wanted these survival kits...

what matters

To photograph your parents, who will hold hands and cry on the first row of the chapel. To photograph your sister dancing with that boy she will marry in three years. To photograph those kids who will grow up so, so quickly. To photograph your grandfather, who will...

how much is enough?

Striking the balance of adequate information information and adequate whitespace is the Stationers' Dilemma. On a recent menu project, the input I received from the client and the chef were pretty far removed from one another. (Fortunately, the client and the chef...

creative mornings

If you're a creative professional (and I think most wedding planners, designers, caterers, et al are) and you live in a town with a regular Creative Mornings meeting, you should be attending. They're free, there's food, and tons of inspiration. If, like me, you don't...

this guy gets it

We all get email that leaves us shaking our head. I think this is the first time I've done so in amazement. The subject was "No finer press than A Fine Press." What a way to grab attention! G'Day (evening for you in FL) Matthew! Love the Facebook, website, and, most...

collaboration

I love collaboration. Also, I love space.   This:

squeamish?

Please go read this and come back and tell me: Do you find this inspirational? Horrifying? Absurd? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this intersection of fashion, art, and body...

connection in the age of brevity

I intended to simply post a link to this short read, but I think there's some deep irony in that in which I can't abide. The questions were short and the answers nearly as short. And it ended with this: Why are your responses so brief? If I had worked less diligently...

marbin

It was the oddest thing. I was having daddy-daughter dinner downtown last night and had decided to succumb to the beauty of Florida winters and chose a sidewalk table. As dinner ended, some familiar melodies started drifting our way. We detoured on our walk home to...

ditch the mallet

There is a wonderful story of a group of American car executives who went to Japan to see a Japanese assembly line. At the end of the line, the doors were put on the hinges, the same as in America. But something was missing. In the United States, a line worker would...

This is not what letterpress is

I received this in the mail this week. It's from a company that does presentation materials: folders, packaging etc... I'm usually content to let other people do their thing, but I couldn't sit by on this one. From the obnoxious marketing speak to the  un-educating of...

hand-deliver

If you're reading this, it's likely that you already appreciate taking the more personal route. The extra step of the handwritten versus electronic. The call versus text. The visit versus call. So why not hand-deliver? Getting mail is nice, but a visit from the host...

i need a videographer

I had an absolute epiphany this week. An idea I think might change the industry. And I need help. I need a wedding videographer who'd be willing to work with me on a small project for a staged wedding invitation that involves video. The video itself won't be...

what makes you rise up?

My friends are often a great source of delight. Several friends have been encouraging me to read Simon Sinek's Start With Why and, while it's on my list, it hadn't reached the top until yesterday. My friend Chrissanne spoke for a group of which I'm a member about...

a little news

Though I'm usually pretty candid here, it's not often that I share much of my personal life. I wanted to pause for a second to share a secret I've been keeping for a few months. That's our three-year-old holding up her little brother's first set of PJs. We found out...

addressing envelopes

I think every invitation purchase (whether from a fine press or anyone else) should include a calligrapher; it's the extra step that elevates an invitation above the rest of the day's mail. The truth is,though , hiring a calligrapher isn't always a fit for your...

correct is fine…

...but it is better to be interesting. If I show you a political tract or a blog post or a remarkable new product with text that contains a typo, what's your first reaction? If all you can do is say, "You're missing an r in the second paragraph," you've abandoned your...

local/global

Derek Sivers really challenged me recently with this post. As a former employee of my local chamber of commerce and a guy who just likes to be social, it's safe to say I've got quite a network of friends and contacts in my great city. My friends jokingly call me the...

stooping so low

This postcard from this morning's Postsecret is kind of depressing. Are we dumbing things down for our audience? It's easy to assume this secret belongs to a writer on a large team, writing for one of the larger media empires. I kind of hope it is. I doubt it was any...

this is my resolution

As I mentioned, This was a challenging New Year. It wasn't until the 1st that I really started to think about what I was going to change this year. I've attempted *-a-day challenges and resolutions in the past to no avail and I wasn't necessarily interested in...

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