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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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Jul 20 2015

Music Mondays | Comet’s Tail

By my memory, I've only been in the recording studio twice. Once was to play on Andrew Allen's Secret Identity (I hope to be able to share it with you one day). The other was as a lackey during the recording of an incredible Michael Brecker tribute album called The Comet's Tail.At the time, I was working in the Center for Jazz Composition at the University of South Florida. I was working towards a Masters...

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Jul 15 2015

Keeping the Kids Happy

I recently had the pleasure of taking my family to the incredible estate of John Ringling - yep, the circus guy. On it, there's a circus museum (or two), an opulent mansion called Ca' d' Zan (House of John), Florida's oldest rose garden, and an incredible art museum. It's actually a stunning wedding venue.It's the kind of place that's a great compromise for my family. The circus museum makes the kids happy and I'll admit that...

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Jul 10 2015

The Best Results for 2-sided Letterpress

One of my favorite shop techniques happens to be one of the most labor intensive. It's duplexing: When we glue two or more substrates together to make a sandwich of printed goodness. We typically duplex a project for one of a few reasons:To obtain a paper thickness unavailable from the mill. This would be something like glueing up two sheets of 236# Savoy for a ridiculously thick 472# sheet. Egads! That's well over 1/16" thick! To achieve...

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