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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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Jul 30 2013

you can’t get one just like the last one

Search traffic is such a mixed bag.Sometimes it completely boggles me the path some of my visitors take to get from that little white box (so full of potential) to my website.Searching for a certain diet company's logo? There's a good chance you'll end up here. Have questions (especially ones I've yet to answer) about acrylic wedding invitations? We'll probably be crossing paths soon.Some of it's my own doing and easily fixable. I could get rid...

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MUSIC MONDAYS: Tiny Desk Concerts

Music Mondays: because life's better with a soundtrack.I. LOVE. Tiny Desk Concerts.It's an NPR thing. I'm pretty sure you'll dig TDC even if you don't dig NPR. The stripped down, short format is a great retreat from the world. I find myself tuning in and checking out for fifteen minutes a couple times a week. It's my musical meditation.My favorite may very well be this one from tUnE-yArDs.Here are a couple others I love:The inimitable...

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