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Oct 26 2016

The Most Important Thing To Consider When You’re Getting New Business Cards

Have you ever given any thought to the information on your business card?I do. Almost every day.Because it frustrates me when I'm handed a business card with a phone number that leads to a "I don't check these messages." Or when someone's card has an address and there's no one there during normal business hours.Of course, your company may have every single channel on point. If that's the case, by all means, give your contact every possible (and...

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Sep 21 2016

You be you!

So, you're getting married?Do you and your fiance have personalities? Great! Your guests want to see them! I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Jessie Stehlik of Foto Bohemia and talk unique weddings through the lense of invitations. This is a must-watch!Wedding Photography // www.fotobohemia.com Wardrobe // www.hadenreidboutique.com Hair + Makeup // www.zen-dara.com Coffee Shop Location // www.caffeineusa.com...

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Aug 26 2016

The The future of Wedding Calligraphy

We've seen calligraphy change a lot over the last few years.I first encountered what you might call "modern calligraphy" through the work of Mara Zepeda of Neither Snow.It's beautiful. And it's everywhere. And, while it's beautiful and has its place, I'm interested in what's next.And I hope that it lies in the kind of work being produced by Emily Snyder.[gallery size="medium" ids="21177,21178,21179"]It's chaotic and beautiful all at once.So full of energy and emotion.And the perfect compliment to...

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Aug 08 2016

Show City Pride with your Wedding Invitations

Got major city pride? Love the place you live? Want to celebrate your hometown while you celebrate your nuptials? Let's do what Raubdruckerin do and do a  little found-object printing as a part of your wedding invitation suite![gallery size="medium" ids="21163,21162,21161"]The collective uses a city's infrastructure - manhole covers, grates, etc - as printing plates for relief printing on fabric.We could do the same to print a background pattern on your invitations. Or a custom print your guests can...

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Jun 28 2016

How (not) to Start a Relationship With Your Letterpress Printer

Maybe I'm just hanging out with the wrong people.I hope that's all it is.It's a product of youth and inexperience, but I'm seeing it creep into more seasoned designers, too. Creatives who've forgotten the golden rule.[bctt tweet="Value the work of other creatives as you would have others value yours." username="afinepress"]It comes in some blatant forms:  "I need a reasonably priced [printer, photographer, etc.]" "That's too expensive" "Are you kidding me" But the most insidious form is this: "I've got a ton...

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Jun 21 2016

CMYK Letterpress Postcard Save the Dates

There's not much more "vintage" than a 600-year-old technology.One of my favorite things about letterpress printing is its versatility - depending on the design, it can feel very vintage or downright futuristic.The reason letterpress is still around (aside from the wonderful tactility of deep-impression printing) is because it downright excels at a spot-color text and line designs.But, for decades, letterpress was the only option for everything from black text to full-color images.It's the fact that...

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Jun 17 2016

On Lemons and Lemonade

I can't say with certainty that I've ever had a panic attack.But if I have, it was a Monday morning in mid-February.I had to put the finishing touches on some stationery for a Kristen Weaver styled shoot. I made my way to the print shop (a separate space from my office/assembly space) to grab a few supplies. My mind racing on the day ahead, my own internal autopilot guided me - from the car to...

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Jun 13 2016

Starting Your Stationery Project Right

You know what? I can't for the life of me remember envelope sizes.Sure - A7 inserts are 5x7 and 4bar are 3.5x5 (or is it 3.5x4.875?), but the rest? I've got nothing.Having to try to remember or, worse yet, look these things up at the start of a project must be some sort of decision fatigue, right?So, instead, I've automated the creation of artboards for design projects with templates. It has saved me an incredible amount...

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