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Jan 01 2013

so this is the new year…

...and I don't feel any different. Ben Gibbard's words from this epic album feel rather prescient today (is that album really ten years old?).This was probably one of the least quiet, calm holiday seasons I've endured in a few years. So little time to slow down and reflect on Christmas and the New Year in spite of my best efforts.There are definitely big things ahead this year, but I've had so little time to think about...

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Nov 07 2012

luxury wedding invitations

I've really been struggling with the word "luxury" as it relates to stationery, weddings and my work. I was already having reservations about it when I read this post from Liene, which was incredibly clarifying for me.It is strongly connection to some observations I've had about my own generation. It's about our need to connect to our past, our friends and our world.I think there are new words replacing "luxury" in our vernacular - bespoke,...

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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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