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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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Feb 19 2016

Creative: Are You Fooling Yourself?

I know a lot of creatives - graphic designers and makers and the like - who love the stereotypes of the right brain.They're night owls and disorganized. They create in a frenzy and seek the muse constantly.It's a romantic life.And I think it might be complete crap.I'm finding more and more that structure gives me the freedom to truly be creative.Waking early. Daily routines like writing and sketching. Set processes so things don't fall through the cracks.I'm...

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Feb 17 2016

We Just Got Engaged – Now What?

It was winter and we were young and hopelessly romantic. I made a day of it. Lunch and a matinee performance of The Cleveland Orchestra's Christmas concert. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting. She knew I had the ring, but what she didn't know was that I had tracked down a pair of blue rockstar Sha Shas in her size. (Give us a break. This was when dELiA*s and The Buckle were super cool.) These shoes came with...

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Feb 11 2016

Design Debate

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Aaron Draplin speak (a few times in one day). It confirmed to me that he's a designer of integrity and generosity. It was an incredibly motivating, humbling experience and I'm daily working on the lessons I learned.And, while we've not had the pleasure of meeting, I've gotten to know James Victore through his work with Burning Questions, among other things. I've learned a great deal about design and life...

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Feb 10 2016

Our Instagram

So, Instagram finally announced support for multiple accounts!I've been waiting for this day for a while.You might notice, I've divided this website into three distinct parts - Weddings (+social), Corporate, and Letterpress. For the most part, our clients fall into one of these three areas. Weddings + Social Some of you come to us for branding, stationery, and dreaming for their your day. It's often a wedding, though it can just as easily be a birthday party or bat mitzvah.You read...

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Feb 04 2016

Wedding Trend Alert | Upscale Wood

You may have noticed that I don't really care for trends. I believe a couple should celebrate their big day in the way that best represents who they are as people and as a couple.However, when something I love gets a moment in the sun and couples are able to see more examples and inspiration, I'd call that a win! Wood Doesn't Have to Be Rustic So, mason jar weddings are finally passé. We saw plenty of...

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Feb 01 2016

As Seen In | Celebration Society

I adore Heather Vreeland's update of her wedding magazine. Occasions Magazine became The Celebration Society and got some posh new clothes to step out into the world in.I recently sat down with Lindsay from The Celebration Society to talk about A Fine Press and what we're up to in 2016.Head over there and read this great feature. If you're feeling extra plucky today, leave a comment!...

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Jan 29 2016

Do You Sketch?

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to learn from Aaron Draplin. I enjoyed his speaking fiasco, but really dug the meat of two Q&A's he presented.I could probably write for a month on the things I learned, but one of my greatest takeaways was that I'm not sketching enough - from materials, layouts, and concepts to the actual graphic design, I don't spend enough time scratching graphite across cellulose.And I'm wondering: do you sketch?Doesn't matter who...

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