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Jun 18 2012

branding | the poor porker

I'm thrilled to share the first of several pieces representing the new brand identity I'm doing for my favorite lifestyle company, The Poor Porker.Owners Jarrid Masse and Robyn Wilson trekked across the United States from LA to Lakeland, Florida to open a beignet stand at the local farmers market less than a year ago.While there are plenty of locals that only know Robyn and Jarrid by their delicious beignets, people across the country know The...

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laser-engraved nori

Apparently there's not the same market for Nori that there once was. Umino Hiroyuki decided to do something about that and created this gorgeous laser-engraved seaweed. Some of the patterns look so delicately intricate that I can't imagine making Makizushi with these. You can see more picture of this edible art at RocketNews24. Of course, I love working with laser cutters. If you'd like laser-cut wedding invitations or other stationery, send me a note; I'd love to...

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video | the life of Pentagram

I got into this business because of my love for the storytelling. Setting expectations and creating excitement around a wedding or birthday is a huge thrill. I'd be remiss if I said I didn't love the design, though. That's why I love this video of the history of Pentagram, a ridiculously cool design firm that celebrates their 40th year in 2012.Tell me: Which was your favorite?...

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bright idea | bridesmaid dress quilt

Because even a the most fashionable bridesmaid dress stands a very small chance of making it into a woman's rotation, there's this. For $295, Kathy Carrier of Uncommon Goods will turn your bridesmaid dress(es) into a gorgeous quilt; one that stands a much better chance of getting multiple uses than it would have in its original form. Of course, a wittily written (and well-printed) card telling your bridesmaid she'll never have to feel guilty about not...

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sound advice

“If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it”                                                                            -Albert Einstein...

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the album – our world-domination project

On facebook and twitter, I've mentioned a lot about the project for world-domination I've been working on with Matthew R Photo.  Here it is. It's a wedding album unlike most you've ever seen. It's certainly not for every bride, but it's perfect for some. Far better than anything else available. There are more photos (by my esteemed collaborator) to be seen and words to read on the album's portfolio page. ...

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Mar 19 2012

a traveler’s journal | the album

As it turns out, you can judge a book by its cover.A lot of the wedding albums on the market today leave me cold.  Many of them  don't reflect the sacred experiences, a signpost near the beginning of a great journey, that their pages capture. My friend Matt tells some beautiful stories. He captures the soul of some very lovely and inspiring events. We were discussing one day the need to share with his clients an album...

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Mar 16 2012

hipster what?

Have you seen Hipster Branding? It's a neat little tumblr (only 21 posts as of now) that reimagines the logos of well-known companies under the tagline Holding up a mirror to the artsy community. Frankly, a couple of them are pretty uninspired and  derivative (it's parody, after all), but a couple stand out as pretty inspired. Here's a sampling:Have you noticed the shift to cleaner, simpler branding lately? To branding that enhances the story instead of shouting...

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hand eye

If you've been paying attention around here, you'll know how much emphasis I place on story. I think it's important to tell a compelling story about yourself and and even more compelling story about your customers. Hand-Eye Supply has definitely done a great job of that with this. Hand-Eye is the company that made my new printing apron and, as it seems, I've been placed on their fine mailing list. You can imagine my delight when this arrived...

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