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Oct 08 2015

Making Sure RSVPs from Foreign Guests Find Their Way To Your Doorstep

So, your guestlist includes super awesome friends from all over the world - you're so intercontinental! One of the great things about weddings is how they bring people together. A roommate you haven’t seen in a year and a half. Your cousin in Stuttgart. Friends and family old and new. It’s an incredibly time and it can come with some pretty big logistical issues. You may already know that invitations going to foreign addresses will likely require additional...

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Oct 06 2015

Making More Time to Serve My Clients

A few months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a concept called the artisan trap. It was immediately familiar to me, the idea that those of us who craft custom products for clients find ourselves constantly switching between business mode and crafting mode. That my time spent trying to grow A Fine Press is time not working on client projects.As A Fine Press grows, I have found myself trying to find ways to reduce...

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Sep 30 2015

On the Future of Print

"Print is dead" is dead.Sure, the newspaper industry is still in turmoil and it likely won't be long before those presses stop running. But the very concept of ideas permanently fixed onto substrates to be consumed by your audience is proving itself larger than the digital revolution.What the digital revolution has done is made it easier to set yourself apart. It has made the free and easy so ubiquitous that any effort at all, any...

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Sep 28 2015

A Few Lessons From Laser Cutting Invitations

I try to learn as much as I can from every situation. Sometimes it takes some digging and extrapolation. Sometimes it hits me like a ton of bricks.I worked with the Schulman family for a while to hone in on the design of their son's bar mitzvah invitation. The key element was the tree of life gatefold, which we were crafting out of wood. I had a product that I loved (the same one I had...

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Sep 21 2015

Music Mondays | Eldar

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.In the last year, I've had to adjust priorities to make room for growth at A Fine Press. One of the things that got cut was gigging. I'm a jazz bassist and, while I've never made a substantial portion of my living playing out, once played a night a two a week pretty regularly. With two kids and this wonderful business to balance, the bass has been gathering...

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Sep 16 2015

Case Study – Agricultural Business Cards

Being a part of a close-knit group of entrepreneurs, tech employees and creatives in a coworking space comes with daily challenges and often unexpected rewards. Most of them are the kinds of things you’d expect - moments of serendipity contrasted with times of significant distraction. It was in one of those moments of serendipity that a group of Catapult members were brought together to assist AgAmerica in the honing of their brand.AgAmerica is the lending...

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Sep 03 2015

What Happens When…?

Letterpress printing is an imperfect art.There are reasons the commercial printing industry ditched these machines in favor of offset - and now digital - presses. They have issues with register and ink coverage and gradients. Frankly, it's these challenges that endear me to this particular method. It's one of the reasons you see it in a lot of our work.Then there are sometimes when it's best to squeeze a little more out of your press...

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Aug 18 2015

This Changes The Game for Photographers and Designers

Maybe it was the fact that I had just left my last day job - thrust into the world of funemployment/entrepreneurship - that I completely missed the launch of Palette. While I missed something pretty cool then, I'm really excited to see what looks like an even better tool now.I've been a little obsessed with productivity lately. Partly because A Fine Press is on the verge of some exciting growth and I'm trying to streamline as...

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"We're abdicating so much of what we are learning and retaining not to our own memories, but to the memories of our devices." (tweet this)"People often see the end result; they don't see the struggle that goes into it."I've always been enamoured with the idea of IAMPETH and have written before about my love affair with the idea of penmanship. But I'm so dang bad at it....

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