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Nov 01 2012

Letterpress Grad Certificates for the Blogcademy

It's nice to see a bit of recent work all over the internet today. The letterpress graduation certificates I printed for the Blogcademy are making cameos in all sorts of recap posts. They were designed by the inimitable Nubby Twiglet and are über cool. They were my contribution to what sounds like an incredibly fun, informative weekend.You can see more images here. If you need letterpress certificates, invitations, or other items, please send me a note....

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Oct 29 2012

a letterpress print made just for me!

I make no secret of my roots. I'm a Cleveland boy (not born, but raised). I've lived in Central Florida for nearly 13 years now, but the embers still burn for autumn leaves and lake effect snow.It was our common roots that attracted me to my Chandler & Price printing press. Nearly a century before my time there, Cleveland was a hotbed of letterpress printing activity and the birthplace of my faithful press.My family and I...

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Sep 20 2012

a friendly reminder

You're probably already encouraging your clients to track their guestlist through some sort of spreadsheet or database. If you aren't already doing it, make sure each guest (or guest unit - couple, family, etc) gets assigned a primary key (add a column and assign each row a unique number). When sending invitations, pencil in the guest's unique number on the back of the RSVP. That way, even if a reply comes back illegible or incomplete, you'll know...

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Sep 19 2012

the gift of art | a holiday letterpress invitation

Now and again, being a musician has a pretty direct effect on my designs. This was definitely the case with this piece with this holiday party invitation for an art museum. The inspiration for the decorative figure came while I was reading an article about sound waves. I started sketching sine waves and saw this great ornament-like figure emerge. I find it much harder to evoke The Holidays than it is to summon any individual winter...

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Sep 18 2012

you should get this book

George Lois is one of those rare advertising/design types who has managed to gain some notoriety in the popular vernacular. If you know of him, it's likely from one of his nearly 100 notorious Esquire covers. If you don't know of him, you should.His latest book, Damn Good Advice, is full of just that. I don't think it's fair to say it's no-nonsense. Lois is an ad man, afterall.What it does have is some incredibly...

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Sep 07 2012

people making things

I feel like so many of the process videos that have become popular over the last year or so have featured incredibly good-looking hipsters creating all sorts of hipster design-y things. In fact, I've probably featured more than my fair share of them here.McEwen & Sons True Grits from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.It's so refreshing to see a video of an everyman here. It's a beautiful testament to the power of storytelling and has...

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Aug 31 2012

what are you dreaming of?

Have you watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi?It's a stark reminder of how differently Eastern and Western cultures view art and discipline.I watched it into the small hours of the morning last night, a time normally reserved for nodding off. But I was riveted by the unflagging passion of Jiro, his sons and apprentices.Am I as relentless in my pursuit of Craft?What are you dreaming of?...

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Aug 23 2012

design | the thought process

Book design should be an anachronism by now. What with ebooks and digital distribution, The idea of illustrating and packaging a multi-volume set almost seems pointless.But it's not.This clip is a nice glimpse into the creation of Malcolm Gladwell's box set and a beautiful video, to boot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqu2NxCD6J4How is this similar to your creative processes? It's very similar to the way we're working with wedding planners and designers to create invitations that represent the best possible first...

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Aug 22 2012

neenah papers | the beauty of engraving

 Neenah and Two Paperdolls have partnered to create a campaign reminding us all of the Beauty of Engraving. Watch this gorgeous video by I Do Films.The Beauty of Engraving by I DO Films from Greg on Vimeo. Seems like Neenah, whose Crane Lettra paper makes for great letterpress and engraving, is looking to give engraving a boost on the heels of letterpress' recent popularity. Can't  say I blame them. I don't think we've begun to explore the interesting effects...

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