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Jun 03 2016

How Much Do Letterpress Business Cards Cost?

That's a great question! There's plenty of letterpress eye candy out there, but not a ton of answers about how much that eye candy costs. You might even be frustrated by round-about answers from printers who want to see your art before committing to a number.Today, you'll have your answer! But first, a little history. A lot has changed in the world of letterpress printing. Presses that were once the center of every print shop in America suffered neglect...

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May 31 2016

How Thick are Letterpress Invitations and Business Card Papers?

I think letterpress papers have three characteristics (aside from color): Thickness, Texture, + Heft Heft is a combination of stiffness and weight. It's an important characteristic, for sure. So is texture - some textures just play nicer with some designs.But, far and away, the characteristic most people care about is thickness. And I'm here to tell you this:[bctt tweet="Most of what you know about paper weights is useless." username="afinepress"]Describing a paper by its weight is of very little use to...

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May 10 2016

Unconventional materials for a Denver Luxury Wedding Invitation

[gallery link="none" ids="20993,20969,20968,20962,20950,20945,20943,20941,20929,20916,20907,20983,20919" orderby="rand"]Contrast.It's a fascinating, powerful tool.When disparate things are brought together thoughtfully, the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts. That's the effect I wanted to achieve with these concrete invitations.The natural meets the man-made.Wood, removed from its natural state and processed - sawed, compressed, burnt with lasers - to make something stark and wonderful.Concrete - mixed from a variety of materials into a cool, stately grey sheet; it retains some sense...

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May 02 2016

Inside Jokes From the Outside

About a year ago, this video hit my facebook feed pretty hard.Tom Macaluso 2015 Silver Award Video Uncensored from Deeb Studios on Vimeo. Almost everyone I know in the advertising world (admittedly not as many people as I'd like) was sharing it and bumping chests about how funny it was.And, yeah, it's kinda funny...

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Apr 27 2016

What the Queen’s Party Planner Has to Say About Invitations

For some couples, their wedding is the most structured ritual in which they'll ever take part. For others, it might be one of many. And then there's royalty. People for whom every day is ritual.And the Queen's cousin, Lady Elizabeth Anson, is there to create extraordinary experiences for guests who may themselves be bored of all the pomp and circumstance.She was recently highlighted in the New York Times (where she takes credit for inventing the RSVP card)...

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Apr 05 2016

How to Make Your Wedding Meangingful

Wow. Every. Single. Time.This video gets me all teary-eyed. Without fail. It's just freaking beautiful. You know why?Because it celebrates culture. It celebrates the couple. It celebrates their family and friends. It's not some freaking trend. It's not something they saw on Pinterest. It's them. Through and through.And this is something that I'll preach every chance I get.Find inspiration from your life; not the blogs and magazines.[bctt tweet="Quit pinning weddings and start pinning the things you actually love." username="afinepress"]You can...

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Mar 29 2016

For Pete’s Sake!

  Don't blame them. They probably don't know any better. OK, let me back up for a second.I want to be the best I can be. For my family. For my clients. For myself. And part of being the best me I can be involves being engaged in the moment. I'm not very good at it. I'm trying.[bctt tweet="Push notifications are a pavlovian bell that causes us to salivate for distraction."]If you've ever done any research into lifehacking or...

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Mar 14 2016

The Mark of a Professional

There's a particular facebook group I'm a part of - it's full of "creatives" and sometimes it drives me nuts. It drives me nuts because many of the members, particularly newer members, have a hard time understanding the value of creative work. Not only do they undervalue themselves, they undervalue one another. One way I see this often is with logo design.I often see people who aren't graphic designers posting multiple variations of a logo they designed...

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Feb 23 2016

Why Can’t We Just Work on Planning a Wedding?

I had the rare luxury of having an in-person meeting with a potential client this week. It was awesome!I mean, Skype and Google Hangouts do a pretty stellar job of breaking down the distance issues, but it's always fun to actually hang with clients.To top it off, the wedding planner was there, too - there's so much energy in the room when that happens!We met over lunch and were there at least two hours. And only talked...

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