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Aug 28 2013

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 concrete.And now this:I've been thinking a lot about concrete as a material for invites and Jes' pin was enough motivation to put me in the lab. I've got a couple dozen more ideas circulating in my head. Things to cast,...

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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, Jessica!...

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Aug 26 2013

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 album came out.I'm guessing I would have loved it had it not followed Barton Hollow.But it did.And it's just not the same.I have my theories as to what happened, but it's...

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Aug 23 2013

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 air of transition is pretty thick in both of our lives; it's the reason we've not been connected lately.Though he might be reticent to say it,...

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Aug 19 2013

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. In 1964, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison stepped into Rudy van Gelder's studios and recorded Trane's meditation A Love Supreme.I remember the day I bought that record...

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Aug 16 2013

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 are the artist's. ...

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Aug 14 2013

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, what I had considered a triumphant success was a miserable failure to my clients. It was a stationer's worst nightmare and has had me in a funk for the better...

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Aug 12 2013

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 vibrant color.See, until David started belting that beautiful voice as the frontman for Pedro the Lion, I had never seen (or heard) someone wrestle with their faith in such an open,...

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Aug 05 2013

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 good news is: this was a quick and easy fix. A quick dusting of WD-40, a run across the cutting surface, and a thorough wipedown not only cleaned the...

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