a real wedding – with a little bit of flair

Have you heard of Improv Everywhere? You haven't? Take a minute; it'll change your life. OK. What'd you think? So, here's what happens when the founder of this fine group of raconteurs gets married. This makes me...

the story of color

Color is something that is often carefully planned for, but executed without much scrutiny. Whether you're planning a wedding, fundraiser or brand strategy, it's likely that someone (you, your wedding planner, your marketing/branding firm...) put a lot of time into...

wacom inkling – a simplified workflow

I'm not yet convinced the Wacom Inkling will do much for me - I'm not much of a sketcher - but I can see this really simplifying the workflow of several designers and illustrators I know. If you design, could this product enhance your...

how can you give?

If you've not heard of Help Portrait, do yourself a favor and pay a visit. Then, watch this video from Jeremy Cowart. In retrospect, the Help Portrait concept is so obvious.  But it took a visionary with the right combination of concept and contacts to make it happen....

here’s why…

Let's be real: custom printing (even when it's not letterpress or engraving or some sort of fancy glow-in-the-dark inks) is expensive.  It may seem inordinately more expensive than more off the shelf print jobs (standard-sized postcards, business cards, stationery,...

what gmail’s missing (and where to get it)

Some people put every form of contact available in their signature line.  Others don't.  Nobody (that I correspond with) is putting their latest tweet in every email.  To be honest, I don't even recall where I heard of Rapportive.  Now that I've used it for a bit. I...

color inspiration #5

Back after a week of vacation and a broken metatarsal.  Today's inspiration came from one of Adbuzeedo's excellent daily inspiration posts.  Unfortunately, I can't find a source for this one, as the link takes me to some worn out...

color inspiration #4

Since Pinterest is acting up today, it took a bit of digging to find the original source of this image - Mark Lawrence.  All of his work is...

the national stationery show 2011

Though I can't attend the National Stationery Show (NSS) this year, I can live vicariously through the wonderful stationers and denizens of the internet who blog and tweet and vlog (and whatever other new thing we do) the entire show.  Like last year, I'll be updating...

color inspiration #3

It can be tough to track original sources on tumblr.  Here's where I found this image.  Not sure who the photographer is. *photos in this series, unless otherwise noted, have not been taken by anyone at a fine press and can be seen in their original iteration by...

stationer’s secret | number your RSVPs

Tracking RSVPs may be one of the largest challenges of inviting a large guest-list to an event.  Whether it's dealing with guests who take it on themselves to include a +1 or those who refuse to send their response card and, instead, call or email. A particularly...

color inspiration # 2

I love autumn.  Seeing as I've lived in Florida for the last eleven years, I haven't seen it in a while. Thanks to Leslie and her sister for this gorgeous reminder of how beautiful it is. *photos in this series, unless otherwise noted, have not been taken by anyone at...

color inspiration | an introduction

Like many of you, I've recently been taken by Pinterest, a social media answer to the designer's inspiration board.  Besides the excellent social aspects of it, Pinterest is great because it lets users curate multiple boards, each with its own theme.  I've created...

a favor from my RSS readers

If you read this blog via RSS, could you leave a comment below, please.  I think feedburner's being...

the cost of laser cut acrylic invitations

Lately, I've had a couple inquiries for laser-etched acrylic invitations.  Invariably, my first email in response (with a ballpark cost estimate) is met with sticker shock. On their own, laser-etching and an acrylic substrate both add to the cost of an invitation and...

we’ve been featured | on design and the like

Yep, she's my sister and she's a wonderful budding photographer.  She's studying digital media and you can see some of her photography here.  She runs a little tumblr called on design and the like and interviewed me here. And check out some of her...

it’s ADDY time

I'm humbled to share that a recent project of mine has won a Gold ADDY in the District 4 (Florida) competition and will be considered for a national ADDY award early next month.I submitted the Barrington Hill invitation for this year's competition.  The ADDYS are the...

your advice, please

This is one of my tattoos. It's on my right forearm, just below the elbow. A fountain pen was an obvious choice for me.  It's led to some ribbing from friends, as you can imagine, but represents this point in my life pretty well.  I'm an avid fountain pen user and...

jess & jason | screenprinted one-piece wedding invitation

It's such a joy to work with friends. Jess & Jason are the wonderful couple who you, you may recall, lent their good-looking selves to our Barrington Hill photoshoot.  We gave them new names and fictitious details for our editorial invitations.  This time, it's for...

amanda k | letterpress business cards

Amanda brought us the stunning branding Jane Johnson did for her photography business, Amanda K Photo Art.  We decided to put her gorgeous look on ultra-thick Crane Lettra 220# cotton rag in fluorescent white. We're planning a full stationery package in the works. ...

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