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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 were great in helping me land on a typesetting that worked well for everyone.) My initial sketch included the word "Menu" at the top as well as the event's date. It also included the...

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Feb 18 2013

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 live in a town with a CM presence, why not create one? In the meantime, we can always watch from afar.Here's Aaron James Draplin's PDX CM talk. It's incredible. Caution, though: four...

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Feb 17 2013

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 importantly, the stationery work!  You have a great sense of typography, color combos, and stock choice especially with Karen Ard stationery suite you did.  Surely you're...

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Feb 01 2013

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 modification....

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Feb 01 2013

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 on them, they would have been longer. It's a play on Blaise Pascal's “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time...

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Jan 30 2013

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 explore and saw a couple of guys cranking out some seriously nice gypsy jazz - just a guitar and soprano saxophone playing some of my favorites. Stella By Starlight, Autumn...

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Jan 29 2013

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 take a rubber mallet and tap the edges of the door to ensure that it fit perfectly. In Japan, that job didn't seem...

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Jan 25 2013

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 is even better. Even when geography and scheduled just don't permit the host to stop by, there's still an incredible experience in having an invitation hand-delivered. It harkens to the days of ...

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